Home assignment/Homework is an out of school learning activity which helps children develop long term habits of learning and time management techniques which will support them in lifelong learning.
Home Assignment/Homework should also provide opportunities for children to share their learning with their parents/caregivers. Home assignment/homework also provides the opportunity for students to initiate work or study of their own choice which relates to their own specific needs and interests.
St Mary MacKillop Primary School students are encouraged through sound Homework practice to:
- develop the practice of independent study
- develop sound study habits
- consolidate the skills learned in the classroom
- develop new areas of study and to make use of sources of information (eg:Local Library, Internet)
- involve parents/caregivers in children’s learning
- involve students in constructive activities of educational benefit
Home Assignment/Homework Activities
All children will receive homework activities from their teacher. As a general statement, homework will be the consolidation of class work from any of the seven Key Learning Areas. Any questions regarding homework should be addressed initially to the child’s class teacher.
If there are concerns, questions or difficulties, the usual procedure to manage these matters is firstly your child’s class teacher, then the Stage Co-ordinator.
If there are more serious concerns please contact the Assistant Principal or the Principal.
Teacher/Student Initiated Tasks may include:
- reading for pleasure
- research, contract work
- learning tasks, assignment work
- writing reports, stories, poems
- collecting information, newspapers, media , radio, TV etc.
- vocabulary, word study and spelling. Whilst spelling is usually presented in lists, it’s purpose is to enable children to transfer those words into daily writing
- Maths activities which consolidate and encourage problem solving
Children may receive an outline of a research task to take home but the majority of each task will be completed at school.
Parent/Caregiver Assistance is Essential: Reading, whether for pleasure or for research or literature studies, is an invaluable learning activity. Parent/caregiver involvement in the reading process enriches the learning experience for the child and must be encouraged.
This involvement could encompass:
- listening to the child read each night
- reading a story to the child and sharing the story through discussion
- discussing homework with the child and providing a sounding board where the child can share ideas.
Possible Parent/Caregiver Initiated Student Tasks/Experiences:
- family conversations (Relating experiences aids the child in expressing ideas)
- shared bedtime stories and storytelling, including retelling of stories and allowing time for discussion
- family games, activities, outings and pursuit of personal interests
- involvement with community activities
- visits to the local library
- Maths activities related to real life situations eg: shopping, cooking etc.
- supervised work on the home computer
Time Allocation for Homework
To cater for the individual skills and competence of children as well as their commitments to other outside school activities, an average amount of time spent per week on homework is suggested.
The approximate time spent should be:
- Kinder: 30 minutes
- Year 2: 1 hour
- Year 4: 2 hours
- Year 6: 2 1⁄2 hours
If the child is unable to complete the set work in this time allocation parents/ caregivers are asked to communicate with the class teacher to discuss any problems and possible solutions. If the Home Assignment is finished in less than the suggested time the child should be encouraged to read for pleasure. Children in all year levels are encouraged to read for pleasure on a daily basis for at least 10 minutes.
Parents/caregivers will be informed of the Home Assignment/Homework requirements and expectations at the beginning of each year. Teachers will communicate with parents/caregivers if the child is consistently not completing Home Assignment/Homework.
- Year 1: 45 minutes
- Year 3: 1 1⁄2 hours
- Year 5: 2 1⁄2 hours
Correction of Homework Homework is primarily for the children to practice known skills and to share their learning with parents. It is not a teaching tool. Teachers will not mark homework but will record and acknowledge its completion in some way. This will most often be through a shared talking and listening workshop style of homework review.
Teachers may depart from these guidelines if they believe different arrangements are in the best interest of the child. Wherever necessary, homework is to be adjusted for students with specific learning needs.