Homework Policy

Working at home, or “homework”, is a purposeful and deliberate extension of student learning.  It is work that is connected to what students are learning to do, or learning about, at school.  At times it may involve researching or preparing for learning that is to take place, whilst at other times it involves practice of skills learnt at school.  

Homework is helpful when:

  • It provides the opportunity to consolidate what has been learnt at school;
  • It is tailored to the needs of students;
  • It allows for the fact that children learn and work at different rates and have different needs;
  • It is set within the child’s zone of proximal development, facilitating success and thereby increasing a child’s confidence with regard to learning;
  • It is engaging (involving a range of physical, creative, oral and written tasks);
  • It develops productive long-term habits of learning and planning; and
  • It gives students choice, encouraging, motivating and nurturing their natural curiosity.

 

Spending time together as a family, communicating with one another and experiencing a wide range of activities that promote curiosity, critical thinking and collaboration, is important.  Such experiences may include: 

  • Various forms of conversation - story telling, jokes, discussions about books read, etc;
  • Shared bedtime stories; 
  • Family games, activities, hobbies and construction activities;
  • Viewing and discussion of selected television programs;
  • Outings to a range of places of social, historic and natural interest; and
  • Imaginative play that comes naturally to children of all ages. 

Such activities also encourage and enhance the development of personal and social relationships.

Homework - K-2

  • Children in Kinder, Year 1 and Year 2 should be reading for 15-20 minutes every night. This includes the child reading and being read to by an adult. Discussion of what has been read is important to ensure understanding. 
  • Children may also be asked practise mathematical concepts learnt at school.
  • Any extra homework given should take no longer than 15 minutes. 
  • Structured and/ or imaginative play should be actively encouraged. 

Homework - 3-6

  • All children (Y3-6) are also expected to read each night.  
  • Children will also be asked practise mathematical concepts learnt at school, especially number facts and problem solving activities that help students see Mathematics at work in their world.
  • Any extra homework given should take no longer than 20-30 minutes in Y3-4.
  • Any extra homework given should take no longer than 30-40 minutes in Y5-6. 
  • Additional homework may include research, revision and collaborative inquiry project work.

General

  • Homework will not necessarily be the same for every child in the class. Just as children are taught in the classroom based on their needs, their homework will also be set with this in mind. 
  • Homework should not be a source of worry or frustration for the pupil, teacher or parent. Students are encouraged to complete the assigned work to the best of their ability and to seek their teacher’s help if they are having any difficulties. Homework is of little value to the child if the parent completes it. Please help and encourage your child, but allow him/her to do his/her own work. 

Role of the Teacher

  • Set homework that is relevant, purposeful and appropriate to student needs;
  • Ensure that students have a clear understanding of tasks set; and
  • Provide feedback to students.

Role of the Student

  • Take home all items necessary for the completion of homework;
  • Complete prescribed homework to the best of his/her ability; and
  • Seek help from the teacher if experiencing difficulty.

Role of the Parent

  • Create an environment that facilitates completion of homework;
  • Encourage a positive mindset (praise effort and growth);
  • Listen to reading and discuss texts read (where appropriate);
  • Offer help when necessary; and
  • Report any difficulties to the teacher, including difficulty of work or excessive time taken.

Holiday Homework

Parents and carers sometimes ask for homework for their child when they take holiday breaks during the school term.  As homework is so closely connected to what students are learning in class, this is a challenge.  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. 

Parents need to be aware that NSW Government legislation 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 our school office or website.


 
   
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