School Plans & Policies - Homework Policy

 

RATIONALE
 
Karratha Primary School recognises that learning is an on-going process which takes place in a variety of situations including the home and hence encourages students to complete homework. Homework is purposeful out of class learning that seeks to enhance the extent to which each child benefits from their education. It provides an opportunity for students to share their learning with their families, to consolidated work learnt in the classroom and to prepare for lifelong learning beyond the classroom experience.
 
We believe homework supports student leaning by:
 
§        Developing independent learning, self discipline, time management and organisational skills;
§        Allowing students to practise the skills introduced to the class;
§        Extending students’ knowledge;
§        Providing opportunities for individual research; and
§        Encouraging good study habits in preparation for further education.
 
 
 
PROCEDURES
 
 
a)         The principal is responsible for developing and implementing a documented school approach to homework that:
 
*                   is consistent with the Curriculum Framework and school plans;
*                   is developed in consultation with the school staff and parents and endorsed by the school council;
*                   is regularly communicated to students and parents;
*                   includes general guidelines for parents, where appropriate, as to how they can support and assist their children; and
*                   is supported and implemented by all staff.
 
Although students are encouraged to complete homework, parents have the choice not to involve their children in the homework program by notifying the classroom teacher.
 
b)        Homework must:
 
*                   only be used to facilitate the achievement of learning outcomes;
*                   form part of a developmental learning program that is responsive to individual needs, clearly relevant, supported by classroom practice and where appropriate, developed in collaboration with students; and
*                   be disassociated from any form of punishing students or means of securing discipline.
 
 
 
GUIDELINES
 
Homework should:
 
*                   support the development of the student’s independence as a learner; further the partnership between school and home and be seen as an opportunity for the home and school to work cooperatively to support the child’s learning;
*                   not be dependent on unreasonable levels of parental assistance or resources that are not readily available to the student;
*                   be set without impinging on reasonable time for family, recreational, cultural and employment pursuits relevant to the student’s age, development and educational aspirations;
*                   be balanced across learning areas where possible, to avoid stress and overload;
*                   be phased in gradually and consistently as students move through the primary years;
*                   be consistently applied, monitored and assessed in a whole-school approach, that is responsive to individual needs and learning area requirements;
*                   be clearly explained with sufficient written instructions and when applicable be revision of work that is understood by the students; and
*                   teachers will ensure that completed homework is acknowledged.
 
If a parent feels that their child is not able to cope with homework that is provided, they should make an appointment to discuss this issue with the child’s teacher.
 
Some tips for parents on how to assist their child with homework include: -
 
*                   Support your child in completing homework, but don’t do the work for them.
*                   Talk to your child about the importance of homework. When homework has been an ongoing battle, it is easy for everyone to feel negative about it. Your child needs to understand the value of homework. Your words and actions will communicate this massage.
*                   Praise your child. It is easy to criticise your child when homework isn’t done. It is a lot harder to give praise when work is completed. It is important to remember that your words of encouragement, more than anything else, will motivate your child to do his/her best.
*                   Provide your child with a quiet time and place to do homework. Switch off the TV.
*                   Siblings need to respect that those engaged in homework should not be disturbed.
*                   Show a genuine interest in your child’s homework and become involved, but refrain from doing it for them.
*                   Establish a homework routine and be aware of homework procedures e.g. reading folders, homework diaries, spelling journals, etc.
*                   Ensure that your child has the tools necessary to complete the homework e.g. pens, pencils, calculator, ruler, eraser, glue, scissors, paper, etc.
*                   Have as atlas and dictionary in the home.
*                   Be willing to make the occasional trip to the school and/or public library with your child.
*                   Keep in touch with your child’s teacher, especially if difficulties are experienced.
 
 
 
“A Parent’s Role is not Teacher; it is to Coach and Cheer Squad”
 
 
Phases of Homework Development
Karratha Primary School
 
 
Junior
Middle
Upper
Year 1 to 3
READING
 
The school recommends children read for pleasure for 5-10 minutes, five nights per week. Books are provided for this purpose
Year 4
READING
 
The school recommends children read more extensively, three to four nights per week
Year 5 & 6
READING
 
The school recommends children read more extensively, three to four nights per week.
Year 1 & 2
 
Children can practice their basic sounds and sight works
Year 4
TABLES
 
The school recommends that children practise their tables five nights per week.
Year 5 & 6 
TABLES
 
The school recommends that children practise their tables five nights per week.
Year 2 & 3
SPELLING
 
It is recommended that students practise their spelling words four nights a week
Year 4
SPELLING
 
The school recommends that students practise their spelling words four nights a week.
Year 5 & 6
SPELLING
 
The school recommends that students practise their spelling words four nights a week.
 
Basic maths concepts – Tables
Year 4 
MATHEMATICAL OR ENGLISH BASED ACTIVITY
 
Students have a week to complete.
 
Year 5 & 6 
MATHEMATICAL & ENGLISH BASED ACTIVITY
 
Students have a week to complete Maths & English worksheet. (Monday – Monday)
 
MATHEMATICAL OR ENGLISHED BASED ACTIVITY
 
Students have a week to complete.
Tables
 
Year 4 
PROJECTS
 
Students are given one project to complete each semester. Students have one/two weeks to complete each project.
Year 5 & 6
RESEARCH
 
Students, on occasion, are given the opportunity to research topics for in class projects/talks etc.
 
 
 
 
 
 
HOLIDAY HOMEWORK
 
So, you’re going on a holiday! I hope you all have a wonderful time and remember to think of us slogging it out at school!
 
Because I integrate much of my program, I do not believe that providing children with a series of unrelated activity sheets is the best approach for work during holidays. In addition, it has been my experience that after preparing a suitable amount of work for children to complete while on holidays, they return having completed very little of it because they didn’t have time. For these reasons I adhere to the school policy and do not provide work packages for holidaying students. However I have some suggestions which could be beneficial for your child to undertake during his/her absence.
 
Firstly, daily reading is still an essential requirement. However, books and other reading material can come from a wide variety of sources. Some of the best being literature and brochures describing the places you will be visiting on your holiday.
 
A daily diary is also extremely useful as it helps to record and preserve the holiday experience as well as providing your child with daily writing practise. A simple exercise book is all that is required. If your holiday is long enough, your child can always write or send a postcard to the class.
 
Letting your child participate in the setting up of photo albums after the trip is also a great ides. Children can write brief descriptions about each photo and place them in the album.
 
To assist your child with Maths, these are many fun car games that can be played as you travel between destinations. How long till we get to…….?; how far are we travelling?; adding, subtracting and multiplying numbers; “tables”; etc. are some examples. I am sure you know many more. Travelling is always a good time to give children practical experience with money. Place them in charge of their own reasonable budget for the purchase of food and drinks along the way or let them work out the cost for the family to enter a venue, etc.
 
I hope these suggestions will be of some help to you in providing ideas which you can expand or adapt to suit your family needs and type of holiday.
Have a great time on your break!