Homework is a vital part of the learning process for all students in Year 4, 5 and 6. 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.
Homework in Years 4, 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. 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.
Homework in these years 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
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.
Typical Homework tasks may include:
- Home reading program according to specific needs of students
- 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 problem solving
- Preparation for upcoming assignments such as oral presentations, researching topics related to class activities.
- Collection of materials for upcoming events (Art, Technology, Science)
- Flipped Classroom Tasks
Homework Club is available two afternoons a week.
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, assessment 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.
Assessment calendars, outlining what the assessment involves and when it is due, are sent home with students so that parents are aware of upcoming assessment.