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It is useful to know how long your child's homework should take to complete.
The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) recommends homework for first class pupils should take no longer than 20 – 30 minutes. Build up to that amount of time gradually. Your school will probably have a policy on homework so you can ask about it.
The National Parents’ Council Primary has a leaflet for parents about homework. You can look at it and download it from here if you like. It has good advice and guidelines as to how much homework to expect in each class of primary school.
If your child is reluctant when it comes to doing homework, have a look at the tips and suggestions on a section of our website about Motivating homework.
Learning to write should be fun. It’s important that children know that writing is a fun and useful. By fitting it into everyday activities, like drawing, writing notes and birthday cards children will get used to holding a pencil and learning to write properly.
Encourage your child to write and draw - on outdoor walls with chalk or in the sand at the beach. Give them picture mazes or puzzles to fill out – join the dot puzzles are great for their hand eye coordination.
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