Homework is a vital part of the learning process for all students in Prep – Year 3. 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 – 3 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.
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 this early phase of learning many activities at home or in play can assist children to develop literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills including:
- 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 parent or 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.
Typical Homework tasks may include:
- Home reading program according to specific needs of students
- Phonic cards to reinforce letter sound knowledge
- Sight word tasks to assist with the development of sight word vocabulary
- 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
Students are assessed by a variety of methods depending on the subject, their developmental stage and the aim of the assessment task. 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.