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Homework

 

​Why homework?

Homework provides opportunities for students to consolidate their classroom learning, prepare for lifelong learning and involve parents in their learning. The setting of homework takes into account the need for students to enjoy a balanced lifestyle with sufficient time for family, recreation and cultural pursuits.

What type of homework will my child receive?

Teachers will set homework which will engage students in independent learning to complement work undertaken in class through:

  • revision to consolidate learning

  • applying knowledge and skills to a new challenge

  • researching and presenting new information

  • preparing for forthcoming classroom learning.

How much homework will be set?

In the prep year, generally students will not be set homework.

  • Homework in years 1, 2, 3 could be up to - but generally not more than - an hour each week.
  • Homework in years 4 and 5 could be up to - but generally not more than - 2-3 hours each week.
  • Homework in years 6 and 7 could be up to - but generally not more than - 3-4 hours each week.

For our younger students, it is important that parents get involved by reading books to them and encouraging them in a range of activities.

For the older students, parents can help them balance the amount of time spent completing homework, watching television and playing sport.

Good communication between teachers, students and parents is also very important to ensure students reach their full potential.

What responsibilities are involved?

Teachers

  • Ensure the school’s homework policy is implemented.
  • Set homework on a regular basis - either daily or on a weekly basis.
  • Check homework regularly and provide useful feedback.
  • Set homework relevant to students’ learning needs.
  • Be aware of special considerations.
  • Provide varied and challenging activities.
  • Discuss with parents and caregivers any emerging concerns with their child’s homework.

Students

  • Be aware of the school’s homework policy.
  • Accept responsibility for the completion of homework tasks within the required time.
  • Seek assistance when difficulties arise.
  • Follow up on comments made by teachers.
  • Organise their time to manage homework with home obligations, recreational and cultural activities.

Parents and caregivers

  • Help students to complete set tasks by discussing what is required and directing them to resources.
  • Allow the child to complete the homework to his/her best ability and advise class teacher of any areas found too difficult.
  • Encourage them to organise their time and take responsibility for their learning.
  • Help them to balance the amount of time spent completing homework with watching television, playing computer games and other recreational activities.
  • Contact the relevant teacher to discuss any concerns about the nature of homework and their child’s approach to it.