Homework is valuable because it:
- Strengthens home-school links
- Allows for practising, extending and consolidating work done in class
- Teaches students how to plan and organise their time
- Develops students' research skills
- Establishes habits of study, concentration and self-discipline which will serve students for the rest of their lives
- Reaffirms the role of parents and caregivers as partners in education
- Provides parents and caregivers with insights into what is being taught in the classroom and the progress of their children
- Challenges and extends gifted and talented children
- Be appropriate for each student's stage level
- Take into account student's commitments out of school hours, such as psort and home responsibilities
- Take into account technology such as computers, email and the internet without disadvantaging those students who do not have access to this technology
- Be marked promptly and accurately so students have regular feedback
There are three main types of homework:
- Practice exercises
- Preparatory homework
- Extension assignments
Kindergarten – Year 2
Generally teachers will not set formal homework in Kindergarten. However, all activities at home or in play can assist children to develop a wide range of knowledge and skills including literacy, numeracy and problem solving
For years 1 & 2, some formal homework is usually set. For example, students may be asked to complete some simple computations, to copy letters or words, to read their home reader, or to complete an activity sheet.
The main focus is on reading and the development of the love of literature.
Years 3 – 6
Teachers will continue to provide guidance and assistance, particularly in the development of study skills, although as students progress they will increasingly work independently on their homework.
Students will experience different types of homework and the amount of time they are expected to spend on homework will be realistic.
Most homework will be set in English, Mathematics, however, it can be set across all areas of curriculum.