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Oberthur Primary School

School Policies

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Homework

A normal homework week is Monday to Thursday. Children are not expected to complete homework on Fridays, weekends or public holidays, although they may choose to complete assigned work during that time. Please note the total time allocation per week for each year level.

Rationale

Homework is purposeful out-of-class learning that seeks to enhance the extent to which each child benefits from their education.

Guiding Principles

Teachers will:

  • a. Inform parents of class homework policy procedures and expectations at the start of each year.
  • b. Ensure that homework is relevant to the child's educational needs and not used as a form of punishment.
  • c. Design tasks that provide the opportunity for home and school to work cooperatively to support children's learning.
  • d. Clearly explain homework with sufficient written instructions and when skill subjects are involved, it should be revision of work that is understood by the pupils.
  • e. Ensure student's self discipline and independent learning skills are enhanced in an environment other than school.
  • f. Design the task such that it requires an appropriate time commitment and does not impact unreasonably on the development of personal and social skills or family time.
  • g. Contact parents if homework expectations are not being met by their child.
  • h. Check homework routinely.

Years 1-3: Approximately 10 to 15 minutes per night Monday to Thursday

Homework in these early years should be limited to short informal tasks, essentially oral in nature. These should form the basis of a positive opportunity for parents and children to enjoy learning together.

Examples of appropriate homework tasks in this area are:

  • a. Phonics, spelling and word recognition practice.
  • b. Nightly oral reading, silent reading, reading for pleasure, adults reading to children.
  • c. Finding pictures in magazines to support class work.
  • d. Discussing Health or Society and Environment issues with parents.
  • e. Practice and reinforcement of number facts as appropriate.
  • f. Enjoying a picture book together or shared reading.

Years 4 and 5: Approximately 15 minutes per night or about 1 hour per week PLUS 15 to 30 minutes per night silent reading Monday to Thursday.

Homework in the middle primary years is most effective when the teacher develops a simple and effective routine for setting out the homework requirements, distributing the homework and marking it. A diary/journal (or similar) will be used to assist with this aim. Homework should be the vehicle for children, parents and teachers to work together to assist the child's development. Parents are not expected to ‘teach’ new work. In the middle years of primary schooling, homework should provide children with practice and reinforcement opportunities, and introduce them to the process of investigating and researching independently.

Examples of appropriate homework tasks in this area are:

  • a. Practice to reinforce number facts and tables.
  • b. Practice of mathematics taught in class.
  • c. Exposure to research and problem/solving tasks.
  • d. Journal writing.
  • e. Learning spelling words.

Years 6 and 7: Approximately 30 minutes per night or about 2 hours per week PLUS 15 to 30 minutes per night silent reading Monday to Thursday.

Effective homework in the upper primary years includes, but goes beyond practice and reinforcement exercises as in previous years. As with the middle primary years, it works best when the teacher develops a simple but effective routine for setting out the homework requirements. A diary/journal (or similar) will be used to assist the children to organise their schedule. Homework requirements should recognise the need for children to have time for out/of/school interests, friends, family, social activities and personal time.

Effective homework seeks to:

  • a. Strengthen independent study skills.
  • b. Motivate children to study by setting them interesting and challenging tasks that are related to their class work.

Examples of appropriate homework tasks in this area are:

  • a. Practice and reinforcement exercises arising from class work.
  • b. Short and longer term tasks that develop time management skills.
  • c. Book reviews.
  • d. Work that involves research and investigatory skills but recognises the limitation of the children's access to references and resources.
  • e. Puzzles and problem/solving challenges.

Stress Free Homework At Home

The following recommendations are included as parental information:

  • a. Provide your child with a quiet time and place to do homework. Switch off the T.V. Siblings need to respect that those engaged in homework should not be disturbed.
  • b. Show a genuine interest in your child's homework and become involved, but refrain from doing it for them.
  • c. Establish a homework routine and be aware of homework procedures e.g. Reading Folder and Homework Diary, Spelling Journal.
  • d. Ensure that your child has the tools necessary to complete the homework e.g. pens, pencils, calculator, ruler, eraser, glue, scissors and paper. Have an atlas and dictionary in the home.
  • e. Be willing to make the occasional visit to the school and/or public library with your child.
  • f. Keep in touch with your child’s teacher, especially if difficulties are experienced.
  • g. Note: Supervised access to the Internet may assist students engaged in research tasks but should not be considered essential.