Homework is an extension and a supplement of class work which has to be completed and/or learnt by learners outside the classroom. There are four types of homework: practice, preparation, extension and completion
Practice assignments reinforce newly acquired skills. Practice also includes bonds and tables, phonics and spelling and reading
Preparation assignments help learners get ready for activities that will occur in the classroom
Extension assignments are frequently long-term, large-scale projects and assignments that parallel classwork. Projects are done in class so that the teacher can teach essential skills. Learners do their own work so that the marks reflect their ability
Completion assignments. Learners need to complete essential incomplete classwork and corrections
Assigning homework serves various educational needs. It serves as an intellectual discipline; establishes study habits; eases time constraints on the amount of curricular material that can be covered in class; and supplements and reinforces work done in school. The purpose of homework is thus that learners should get the opportunity to inculcate further, through independent effort and as his/her own responsibility, that which has already been taught or practised under staff supervision. In addition, homework fosters a learner's initiative, independence and responsibility and brings the home and school closer together. It also allows for differentiated teaching and learning and aids concentration.
The following are the most important objectives of homework: