Home Learning Policy

Introduction

Learning can take place anywhere at anytime. As such, at St Luke’s we do not specifically set “homework”, but provide options for “Home Learning”. At times, it may involve: 

Optional activities which reinforces skills learnt at school; and,
Researching or preparing for learning that is to take place.

Reading each night is central to Home Learning and parental assistance is strongly encouraged, especially for students in Kindergarten and Stage 1. Other Home Learning activities are not meant to be parent nor will they be followed up by the teacher for students in the School of Foundations (Kindergarten, Stage 1, Stage 2). For the School of Leadership, (Stage 3, Year 7 & 8) teachers will check in with Home Learning on a regular basis.

 

Home Learning is helpful when it:

  • is tailored to the needs of students;

  • allows for the fact that children learn and work at different rates and have different needs; and,
    gives students choice, encouraging, motivating and nurturing their natural curiosity; and,

  • provides the opportunity to consolidate what has been learnt at school.

General

“Home Learning” will not be the same for each student. Just as students learn in the classroom based on their strengths and needs, Home Learning is the same. Home Learning should not be a source of worry or frustration for the student, teacher or parent. Home Learning is most valuable to a student when parents help and encourage their child and allow him/her to actually do the work. 

 

Guidelines

First and foremost, it is strongly recommended that all students read for 10-15 minutes every night. Parents can play an active role by listening to their child read and read to their child. For more insights into how you can help your child with reading in the Foundation Years, please view this 3 minute video. Also, there is video for those who have children in the School of Leadership.

For students in Kindergarten, Stage 1 and Stage 2 there may occasionally be the opportunity for other Home Learning of no more than 10 minutes on any one evening. Such examples include:

For students in Stage 3, there may at times be another 15-20 minutes of additional homework. This may include:

Reading every night.
Completion of work that they have not completed in class that day.
Research, revision, collaborative inquiry project work and problem solving activities learnt across all Key Learning Areas (KLAs).


For students in Year 7 homework consists of:

  • Reading every night.

  • Completion of work that they have not completed in class that day.

  • An additional 45-60 minutes of research, revision and collaborative inquiry project work and problem solving activities learnt across all Key Learning Areas (KLAs) throughout that day.

Home Learning when on Leave

Parents and carers sometimes ask for work for their child when they take holiday breaks during the school term.  Teachers will only set classwork when a students is on leave due to extended sickness for more than two weeks. Teachers will not provide work when a student takes leave during the school time for the purpose of a holiday.

Please be aware, parents need to comply with NSW Government legislation which requires parents to apply to the Principal for an exemption of attendance from school when extended leave is taken during school terms.  The Principal may only approve such leave in accordance with government guidelines. Parents may obtain an leave exemption application form from the Front Office or website.

 

The best learning for your child at this time is usually through the travel you are undertaking.  Activities that may enhance your child’s learning while you are on leave include:

  • Visiting local churches and comparing and contrasting these to your local church;
  • Exploring artworks and the historical background of the church;
  • Having conversations about places visited;
  • Taking photographs and audio recording about each photograph;
  • Keeping a journal or blog about places visited;
  • Collecting postcards and using these to create a traveller’s diary;
  • Reading maps together;
  • Collecting and sorting objects (if relevant);
  • Playing games;
  • Calculating change;
  • Finding out about the history and culture of various places;
  • Creating a brochure of presentation encouraging others to visit a particular location (with justification or evidence to support their point of view);
  • Learning how to use various features on a camera;
  • Visiting places of scientific significance; and
  • Visiting art galleries, theatres, museums or other places of cultural significance.

These activities, which relate closely to the holiday experience, will be far more meaningful to your child than trying to complete school-related activities provided by the teacher. 


 
   
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