Homework Policy

Purposes of homework:
  • Provides more opportunities for children to communicate, share and practice their learning with their parents
  • Provides a link between the home and the school 
  • Encourages the development of self-management skills such as responsibility, independence, self discipline, organisation and planning skills. 
Students engage in homework in order to:
  •  Share aspects of school life and learning with their families
  •  Develop self-discipline, self-motivation and responsible time-management.
Homework Guidelines for Parents:
These guidelines are to assist parents in the supervision of their children’s homework. Parents can encourage and support their children by:
 
  • Taking an interest in their learning and other activities at school.
  • Encouraging their children to take responsibility for completing homework and reminding them it is a contract between themselves and their teachers.
  • Providing a quiet place/time for the completion of homework.
  • Encouraging their children to read at home, reading to them and providing  a model by reading themselves.
  • Assisting with the provision of resources.
  • Understanding that there will be frustrations, providing time to talk these through with their children.
  • Celebrating and sharing their children’s efforts and achievements.
  • Helping their children to plan their homework and to manage their time effectively as part of a balanced evening routine which ends positively.
Parents may support the Homework Program by:

Being aware of the expectations by reading your child’s Diary/Memo Book or Class Newsletters

Assisting your child to plan his/her homework times

Providing a comfortable, well lit study area reasonably free of distractions

Encouraging effort and praising achievement

Expecting independent effort (ie not doing homework for your child)

Informing the teacher via the student diary if your child has difficulties or spends more time than that which is indicated within the homework policy

Communicating with the teacher as soon as possible if your child needs significant assistance from you to complete the required tasks.

 

 

 

Reception: 
In Reception, daily reading practice with an adult is expected. Children should be encouraged to read for enjoyment and meaning. Young children should also have library stories read to them on a daily basis.
 
Years 1:
In Year 1 daily reading practice with an adult is expected. 
Children are required to practice spelling strategies to correctly spell words. Children are encouraged to contribute ideas and information in various curriculum areas, and may be required to find further information, or collect information appropriate to particular topics for homework from time to time.
 
Year 2:
In Year 2 daily reading and sight word practice with an adult is expected. Through weekly sharing topics, children are also encouraged to prepare a brief informative oral presentation related to specified curriculum areas.
 
Year 3:
In Year 3 homework is set regularly and may be given from Monday to Thursday. The normal time allowance each night is 20 minutes however, the teacher may give the students homework in the form of an assignment which may be given to students to complete across the period of a week. If a student regularly goes over these times the teacher should be advised. Daily reading practice is also expected within this timeframe.
 
Year 4:
In Year 4 homework is set regularly and may be given from Monday to Thursday. The normal time allowance for each night is 20 minutes, however, the teacher may give the students homework in the form of an assignment which may be given to students to complete across the period of a week. If a student regularly goes over these times the teacher should be advised. Daily reading practice is also expected within this timeframe.
 
Year 5:
In Year 5 homework is set regularly and may be given from Monday to Thursday. The normal time allowance for each night is 25 minutes, however, the teacher may give the students homework in the form of an assignment which may be given to students to complete across the period of a week. If a student regularly goes over these times the teacher should be advised. Daily reading practice and reading for pleasure is also encouraged.
 
Year 6:
In Year 6 homework is set regularly. Teachers may give students homework in the form of an assignment which may be given to students to complete across the period of a week. If a student regularly goes over the maximum time allocation the teacher should be advised. Reading for pleasure is encouraged and not included in the time allocation.
 
Notes
Students Accessing External Tutors, Leaning Support or other Student Services
Many students access support services and/or programs which require daily repetitive practice. Where this is the case parents/teachers and learning support staff will negotiate in the best interests of the child’s wellbeing.
 
Homework should not take the whole evening - see time guidelines below.
If children are unable to complete their set homework, due to a family event or situation, parents should advise the teacher through a diary note.
 
The Maximum Time Allocation for Homework per Week:
YEAR TOTAL TIME PER WEEK
Reception 20 minutes per week
Year 1 40 minutes per week
Year 2 60 minutes per week
Year 3 80 minutes per week
Year 4 80 minutes per week
Year 5 100 minutes per week
Year 6 120 minutes per week