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On Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 3:31 p.m, admin, a staff member from St Michael's PS wrote:
Please view the presentation from our coffee morning on Monday 26th January in our latest news section.
Write your feedback on the coffee morning and please provide any suggestions for future developments we can make to our practices with newcomer pupils.


On Monday, May 13, 2013 at 11:41 a.m, Patricia Baxter, a parent from Belfast wrote:
Y1 & Y5.
I agree with other parents that there isn't enough maths homework at Y5 (or in fact more junior) levels. The emphasis should be on giving maths-related homework that is somehow 'fun', to make it more interesting and less intimidating for the child. There's no getting away from maths -it's something they have to do throughout their school life - so it might as well be part of their daily routine from the beginning. I'd prefer comprehension-type literacy homeworks to the phonic sentence-making as I feel this would be more beneficial to the child and more in keeping with what they'll be focussing on in the next year.


On Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 10:50 p.m, Mullin Family, a parent from Belfast wrote:

YR 3 & 5. Our Yr 5 child has not had maths on a daily basis this year as it states should be the norm in the policy doc. We would definitely like a daily maths exercise. The maths week exercises were excellent, why is this not the norm across all year groups? Reading does take up a large chunk of the homework time in the week and as any homework issued would involve reading it is not necessary for the two books per week. One challenging book spread over the week would suffice and allow more time for other elements of homework. Also if a child is a keen reader it can be the case that they are enjoying a book of their own at their own pace, can this qualify somehow for homework reading? Agree with other comments that homework should not be a lesson in itself, merely an opportunity for the child to revise things already taught in the classroom. Colouring in after YR 1 should not be considered homework.


On Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 8:15 p.m, Clodagh Doyle, a parent from Belfast wrote:

Having read the current policy I feel that the reality can at times be different. Numeracy is often only given once a week and I am not sure this is adequate in terms of the children grasping the fundamentals they need to build on as they move up the school. Additional numeracy homeworks would be beneficial in terms of building confidence with numbers and helping with mental maths. Literacy is very well covered with comprehension, spellings and reading and topic work is stimulating for the children and encourages their thinking capabilities.


On Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 9:33 p.m, Aisling McGinnity, a parent from Belfast wrote:
I note the homework policy for Year 4 includes numeracy homework on a daily basis. This has not been our experience to date. I feel this is one area the children need more homework to enable them get more practice with numeracy/mental maths.


On Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 8:15 p.m, Sharon Kiernan, a parent from Belfast wrote:

I feel there is an imbalance between literacy and numeracy both in Year 3 and now in Year 4. Literacy is well taken care off however I feel there is not enough emphasis put on numeracy. I would like more basic numeracy homeworks given. The pupils need to grasp and be confident in the basics of numeracy for that to be built upon year on year. I can't see that in the homeworks and I can't see it in my son who is a strong reader but not grasping the basics in numeracy.


On Friday, March 01, 2013 at 1:37 p.m, Claire Donnelly, a parent from Belfast wrote:
The Maths Challenge homeworks for Year 3 this week have been excellent. These activities have really helped to reinforce their understanding of the basic number facts. Maths was fun this week. Please can we have more of this? Thanks.


On Monday, February 25, 2013 at 11:12 p.m, Claire Donnelly, a parent from Belfast wrote:

My daughter is in Year 1. She enjoys her homework and the level and amount feel about right. My son is in Year 3. His reading, spellings & homework often take up much more than 20 minutes each night when he is very tired after a long day in school. This leaves very little time for fresh air and physical activity – really necessary when it has been raining and they have been sitting all day and maybe watching tv at break /lunchtime.
I also feel there should be more emphasis on Maths. Only 1 maths homework per week is not enough. Often the maths homework has more written work than mental maths. Simple number facts every night would be beneficial and this could even start in year 2. I would also like more information on how maths is being taught and how we as parents can support the teaching. Some homework eg on fractions seemed very complicated for year 3.
I also find learning spellings in similar sound groups to be quite confusing. I am not convinced of the long term effectiveness of this method.


On Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 10:24 p.m, Sinead king, a parent from Belfast wrote:
It would be helpful if the children could be given homework for the week on a Monday, this could potentially allow children and parents to better manage hobbies, clubs and weather permitting some fresh air and exercise!
The paired reading that my son (p5) was involved in last year, was a valuable activity and very much enhanced the pleasure in reading
On Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 8:14 p.m, Doro, a parent from Belfast wrote:

My youngest child in P1 would love to have more homework. He is so happy to be finally in school.
For my P3 and P4 children I would wish for less homework.
They are in school until 3pm, they then need to do homework (Junior English (P4) seems sometimes to be endless) and do spellings and reading.
That does not seem to leave a lot of time for playing.
Homework should just take 20 (P3) or 30 minutes (P4) but it seems to take up more time.


On Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 8:17 p.m, Maria Power, a parent from Belfast wrote:
My daughter is in p7 I would like her to get plenty of maths and English such as crosswords. She should be getting tough spellings and definitions.
My second daughter is in p5 and does phonics and silly sentences, I question the benefit of phonics at the higher levels of school. Again consistent homework should be given to both classes and a big focus on maths and English on a nightly basis with definitions, Maths needs to be seriously worked on as I had to work so hard with my daughter to cover the maths.
My youngest daughter is in p3 and she enjoys reading, she could do some comprehension work and testing maths, hope this of help.


On Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 2:05 p.m, The Principal, a staff member from St Michael's wrote:
Please view the original Homework Policy in 'OUR SCHOOL - POLICIES'.
Write your suggestions for daily homework as well as time boundaries to complement family life. Please upload suggestions for FUTURE practices.