Homework Policy

Rationale

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. It is purposeful learning that occurs outside of the classroom which is set by the classroom teacher.  It benefits students by complementing classroom learning and providing opportunities for students to be responsible for their own learning. It also provides an extension to our differentiated curriculum by offering students tailored tasks that either enrich or 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.

Early Childhood/Preparation Class

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

Primary Level

Years 1 and 2

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

Years 3 and 4

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

Years 5 – 6

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

Parental Responsibility

Parents can help children by:

  • encouraging regular nightly reading
  • provide a place for their child to do their homework, allow time to do it and provide appropriate resources
  • encouraging a regular daily session to examine and complete homework, helping to balance the amount of time spent between homework and recreational activities
  • establish a consistent schedule for completing homework
  • understand their child’s homework expectations
  • discuss homework tasks with their child. Ask questions about their child’s understanding of the task
  • communicate to the teacher if homework tasks are too difficult for their child
  • monitoring the time taken to complete the homework tasks and give feedback to the teacher as to whether the amount of homework can be completed in the designated time
  • sign the Homework Record Sheet as requested by the teacher [nightly or weekly]
  • encouraging participation in family activities such as board games
  • discussing the texts that have been read by the child.

Students who do not complete set homework tasks will be followed up by the class teacher. Depending on the circumstances, parents may need to be contacted.

Secondary Level

Research tells us that different students work at different rates, so we work on setting homework with this in mind. Some students need more, some will simply finish classwork. We are encouraging students to set work for themselves, as they move through the year levels and become more independent in their learning.

To assist students the school provides the following support:

Diary – Students are issued with a Diary at the start of every year to help them maintain effective time and study management. This also contains vital information about school policies such as uniform and assessment requirements.

Assessment Outline: An assessment outline is published at the start of each semester and our school assessment policy is clearly articulated and communicated to students.

Course Outline – all senior students receive a course outline for each subject at the start of the semester, which provides an overview of the key topics to be studied.

PLP – All students in Year 10 complete a Personal Learning Plan (PLP) and are tracked throughout their senior years of schooling. They also engage with the Careers Fast Track program in Years 8 & 10 to assist in setting career and personal goals.

Year 8 & 9 Homework Guidelines

Compared to primary school, students in Year 8 and Year 9 are given more responsibility for their own learning. They can be required to engage in independent learning to complement work undertaken in class. As a guide homework in Year 8 and Year 9 should generally involve 5 hours per week.

Year 10,11 & 12 Homework Guidelines

In Years 10—12 the amount of time devoted to homework and independent study will vary according to the student’s program of learning. While teachers may provide students with additional work relevant to their learning which the student may undertake at home, young people during this phase should generally be independent learners exercising their own judgement. Of course, care should be taken to ensure that a balance is maintained between the various demands of study, sporting, recreational, cultural or part-time employment activities.  As a guide homework should involve a min of 6-9 hours for Yr 10 & 11 students and a min of 12 hours for Yr 12 students per week.

Part-time employment commitments are a growing issue for many young people. However, school work should be the priority at this time in their lives and if students do need to work we recommended a maximum of 10hrs a week.

During exam periods or peak assessment times it is important that students plan ahead to ensure that their shifts do not interfere with assessment preparation.

Balancing Responsibility

Experience tells us that BALANCE is the key. However, there is no substitute for hard work and students who are successful at their course of study need to devote extra study and revision time at home. At our school teachers, students and parents can work together to ensure that homework is both productive and positive:

Teachers help students establish a routine of regular, independent study by:

  • Setting homework on a regular basis
  • Communicating the purpose, benefits and expectations of all homework
  • Checking homework regularly and providing timely and useful feedback
  • Using homework that is varied, challenging and directly related to class work and appropriate to students’ learning needs
  • Teaching strategies to develop organisational and time-management skills and providing opportunities to practice these strategies through homework
  • Giving consideration to other academic and personal development activities (school based or other) that students could be engaged in when setting homework
  • Discussing with parents and caregivers any developing problems concerning their child’s homework and suggesting strategies to assist with their homework.

Teachers employ a range of strategies to ensure that homework is both positive and productive. However, there are times when teachers will need to employ a range of strategies to ensure that students complete the set work. These strategies range from:

  • Marking all homework
  • Homework being included in the assessment for this subject
  • Contacting home

Students can take responsibility by:

  • Being aware of the school’s homework policy
  • Discussing with their parents or caregivers homework expectations
  • Accepting responsibility for the completion of homework tasks within set time frames
  • Following up on comments made by teachers
  • Seeking assistance when difficulties arise
  • Organising their time to manage home obligations, participation in physical activity and sports, recreational and cultural activities and part-time employment.
  • Accessing the Moodle to get work
  • Liaising with friends regarding deadlines
  • Limiting the number of hours of part- time employment to a Max of 10 hours per week.

Parents and caregivers can help by:

  • Assisting students to complete tasks by discussing key questions
  • Encouraging students to read and to take an interest in and discuss current local, national and international events
  • Helping students to balance the amount of time spent completing homework and engaging in other recreational activities
  • Contacting the teacher to discuss any concerns about the nature of homework and their children’s approach to the homework
  • Assisting with final editing of work
  • Encouraging students to be critical thinkers and analysers of the “mass” of information available to them.
  • Being interested and having discussions about school (often a good place is at the dinner table or in the car).
  • Contacting the school early if there are issues so that they can be dealt with quickly, waiting until the reports come out is too late.

Checking the diary each week and asking those critical questions such as: “What homework do you have tonight? When is this assignment due? How come you have waited so long to start this assignment?