Policies - Homework Policy

Homework is an instructional technique that provides students with opportunities to deepen and practise their understanding and skills, relative to content that has been presented to them.

Homework is purposeful learning that occurs outside the classroom which is set by the classroom teacher.  Homework benefits students by complementing classroom learning and providing opportunities for students to be responsible for their own learning.

Homework provides an extension to our differentiated curriculum by offering students tailored tasks that enrich and support their learning.

Aims:

·        To ensure that homework serves the diverse needs of students whilst ensuring that the educational needs of these students are met.

 

Implementation:

·        The school’s Homework Policy is available to staff and parents.

·        Classroom teachers l regularly set and discuss homework tasks with students (to allow for clarifying words, questions and provide examples where needed).

·        Homework enables practice of classroom learning, preparation for new learning or expansion of learning that has occurred.

·        Each set task is purposeful, meaningful and relevant to the current or previous classroom curriculum.

·        The purpose of homework is identified and articulated .

·        Teachers provide feedback on set homework to the student, either in the form of a comment or against set criteria. Peers occasionally provide feedback on set homework.

·        Each professional learning team sends home a homework outline at the beginning of the year which clearly states the expectations of homework for that year.

·         Reading comprises at least half of the nightly homework allocation for each year level

·         Consideration is given to students who are not able to complete the set homework during the school week. Parents are expected to sign the Homework Record Sheet or Diary, on a regular basis or as requested by the teaching team.

·        Parents may negotiate with the class teacher regarding completing homework during the weekend and or school holidays.

·        Parents may discuss homework expectations when students are going on a personal holiday, however it is not the teachers responsibility to prepare such homework

·         Students may use digital tools such as laptops, video cameras, iPads etc. for completing homework

·        Teachers setting tasks that include the use of digital tools, set time constraints 

Preps

Homework consists of:

·         reading of texts/activities to, with and by parents

Homework may consist of:

·         simple reinforcement tasks associated with classroom activities

·         gathering of additional information or materials

·         reading of High Frequency words

·         spelling of High Frequency words

 

Homework generally does not exceed 10 minutes per day and is not set on weekends or during vacation periods.  Reading should comprise most of the 10 minute homework time allocation.

 

Years 1 and 2

Homework consists of:

·         reading of texts/activities to, with and by parents

 

Homework may consist of:

·         simple reinforcement tasks associated with classroom activities

·         gathering of additional information or materials

·         unfinished classroom activities as homework tasks

·         reading of High Frequency words

·         spelling of High Frequency words and individual words

  

Homework generally does not exceed 15 minutes per day and is not set on weekends or during vacation periods.  Reading should comprise at least 10 minutes of the homework time allocation.

 

Years 3 and 4

Homework consists of:

·         reading of texts/activities to, with and by parents

·         or independent reading

 

Homework may consist of:

·         simple reinforcement tasks associated with classroom activities

·         gathering of additional information or materials

·         unfinished classroom activities as homework tasks

·         spelling of High Frequency words and individual words

  

Homework generally does not exceed 15-20 minutes per day and is not set on weekends or during vacation periods.  Reading should comprise at least 10 minutes of the homework time allocation.

 

Years 5 – 6

Homework consists of:

·         independent reading on a daily basis

 

Homework may consist of:

·         reinforcement tasks associated with classroom activities

·         tasks such as continuation of classroom work, projects, assignments, and research

·         unfinished classroom activities as homework tasks

·         spelling of High Frequency words and individual words

 

Homework generally does not exceed 30 minutes per day and is not set on weekends or during vacation periods.  Reading should comprise at least 15 minutes of the homework time allocation.

 

Types of Homework

Practise exercises providing students with the opportunities to apply new knowledge, or to review, revise and reinforce newly acquired skills such as:

·        completing consolidation exercises for mathematics – memorisation of tables multiplication facts

·         practising spelling words

·         reading for pleasure

·         writing tasks or essays

·         practising and playing musical instruments

·         practising physical education skills

·         preparing for assignments and projects