Homework is a vital part of the learning process for all students. It provides students with opportunities to consolidate their classroom learning, assists the development of disciplined study habits and involves family members in the students’ learning.
In the Prep Year parents are encouraged to read to their children and talk about daily activities moving into more formal homework as the year progresses.
Homework in Years 1 – 4 should take up to no more than 1 hour across three to four nights per week to allow time for other extra-curricular obligations. The setting of homework in these years takes into account the need for students to have a balanced lifestyle including sufficient time for family and recreation.
In this early phase of learning many activities at home or in play can assist children to develop literacy, numeracy and
- Linking concepts with familiar activities such as shopping, preparation of food, local environment and family outings
- Conversations about what is happening at school
- Daily reading to, with and by
parentor other family members
- Opportunities to write for meaningful purposes
- Preparation for upcoming classroom learning such as oral presentations, collecting relevant materials and information, completing surveys and audits.
Homework in Years 5 and 6 should take up between 30 and 50 minutes each night. This time includes time to read and also to complete set tasks and assignments. In the middle phase of learning homework establishes routines and expectations that will assist the students in the move to secondary education. Homework tasks will vary each week depending on the assignments being completed in class. Students are expected to complete the tasks independently and if they cannot do this they are encouraged to discuss any problems with the teacher the following day. The setting of homework in these years also takes into account the need for students to have a balanced lifestyle including sufficient time for family and recreation.
Homework should be:
- A positive and purposeful experience
- Monitored by the teacher
- Supported by the parents
- Clearly related to class work - consolidation, revision or application of knowledge or skills
- Varied and differentiated to suit individual learning needs
Typical Homework tasks may include:
Homereading program according to specificneeds of students
- Phonics cards to reinforce
letter soundknowledge and sight words ( Prep - Year2)
- Spelling words to learn using a variety of strategies
- Opportunities to write for meaningful purposes may include sentence construction or editing tasks
- Maths concepts including number facts and
- Preparation for upcoming assignments such as oral presentations, researching topics related to class activities.
- Collection of materials for upcoming events (Art, Technology, Science)
Homework Club is available two afternoons a week for our Year 3 to Year 6 students.
Students are assessed by a variety of methods depending on the subject, their developmental stage and the aim of the assessment task. In addition to exams, our upper primary students' assessments may include multi-media presentations, research assignments, essays, performances, orals, viva voces and videoed responses. Results of assessment and indications of a student’s progress are notified to parents in reports, which are issued at the end of each semester. Parent Teacher Interviews are held in Term 1 and Term 3 for all parents. By appointment, teachers are available at other times to speak with parents.