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Homework

Homework is a valued component of learning at our school as it -

  • provides an opportunity for students to revise school work,
  • reinforces students’ skills and knowledge,
  • encourages sharing of knowledge with family,
  • promotes organisational skills and time management,
  • promotes students’ sense of responsibility for their own learning.
    Content and type of homework given.
     
We value the need for students to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle, and our homework requirements take this into account. The following details are recommended weekly amounts, and may be modified to suit individual needs.


Our guideline for the amount of homework our students are expected to do –

  •  Prep – generally begins in Term 2 and could be up to but generally not more than one hour per week.
  • Years 1 – 3 could be up to but generally not more than one hour per week.
  • Years 4 and 5 could be up to but generally not more than two to three hours per week.
  • Years 6 and 7 could be up to but generally not more than three to four hours per week.

 

Each term, students will be organised in class with a homework book/folder. Teachers will give students an overview of homework to be completed each week of the term. All work should be completed where possible in the student’s homework book and returned to school each Friday for monitoring and feedback. Students may be required to attend a compulsory ‘homework’ group if homework continues to be returned incomplete or not done, and parents contacted. Testing of weekly number fact and spelling knowledge will be a strong indicator of whether or not homework is adequate for individual students.

Compulsory homework for all students will be done in reading, number facts and spelling.

Reading

Students need to practice reading for fluency, expression and understanding of vocabulary.

Teachers guide students to read texts from the school’s ‘Rainbow Reading Levels’. Early Years students have readers selected from the school’s book kits, while upper years students and early years extension learners are assisted by their class teacher or our Librarian to select Library books from our ‘Rainbow Levels’ lists during their class’ weekly borrowing session in the Library.

Teachers and parents record books read from the rainbow level lists. These records can be kept with Homework book.

Number facts

Weekly overviews for the term of number facts to practice and know are provided. A list of suggested practice activities are also provided

Spelling

Weekly overviews for the term of year level core spelling words to practice and know are provided

Students may also be required to add personal or unit words to their list during the term. These are words that they may have encountered in work over the week and have been identified as words in need of knowing.

A list of suggested practice activities are also provided

Other optional extension and interest activities are available. Teachers will provide copies of extension work for those without on line access upon parent’s request.

 Parents are encouraged to consult their child’s teacher to discuss any concerns about the nature of homework and their children's approach to the homework.

Other optional extension and interest activities (DOC, 42 KB) are available. Teachers will provide copies of extension work for those without on line access upon parent’s request.

Parents are encouraged to consult their child’s teacher to discuss any concerns about the nature of homework and their children's approach to the homework.