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Waraburra State School’s beliefs and values about homework
 
At Waraburra State School, we incorporate the following values:
  • Effective Relationships
  • High Expectations
  • Students Achieving Goals
  • Outstanding Practice Displayed
At Waraburra State School, we believe homework must be:
  • Purposeful and relevant to the students’ needs
  • Appropriate to the students capability and stage of development
  • Varied, challenging and related to class work
  • Developing independent work habits
  • Balanced in that it allows students to undertake other healthy activities
 
Teacher Responsibilities
 
Teachers are responsible for:
  • Setting regular homework in agreement with Waraburra State School Guidelines
  • Checking set homework regularly and providing timely and useful feedback to students and parents/caregivers
  • Explicitly teaching strategies to develop organisational and time management skills
  • Clearly defining purpose, benefits and expectations of all homework
 
Student Responsibilities
 
Students are responsible for:
  • Understanding the expectations of Waraburra State School’s homework policy
  • Accepting responsibility for the completion of homework tasks
  • Organising their time to complete tasks and seeking assistance when difficulties arise
  • Following up on feedback given by teachers
 
Parent and Carer Responsibilities
 
Parent and Carers are responsible for:
  • Understanding the expectations of the Waraburra State School homework policy
  • Assisting students in organising their time to complete tasks
  • Helping with balancing the amount of time spent completing homework, watching television, playing sport and chores
  • Providing a quiet, uninterrupted setting and positively encouraging and supervising the completion of set homework tasks
  • Communicating regularly with your child’s teacher regarding any concerns
 
Guidelines for Homework
 
This is a guideline only as children complete homework tasks at different rates.
Homework is set from Monday to Thursday inclusive for each year level. Year 6 students are expected to complete (in addition to nightly homework) tasks such as assignments, which may extend over a number of weeks. Students may elect to work over the weekend on such tasks.
Year Level
Description of Homework
Time Allocation
Prep
Reading, Sight words
 
Year 1,2,3
Years 1, 2 and 3 Spelling, Reading, Sight Words
Number facts (mental computations)
Literacy activities
10-15 minutes per day
 
 
In the Early Phase of Learning, many activities at home or in play can assist children develop literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills.
You may wish to include:
 
  • Daily reading to, with and by family members
  • Play games such as Snap or Fish with sight words or make a word wall for sight word recognition
  • Chant or sing number facts or play games that help with recall of facts such as rolling two die and adding numbers
  • Link concepts with familiar activities such as shopping, preparing food, family outings
  • Talk about what has been learnt at school
  • Preparing for forthcoming classroom learning (collecting items, materials or information)

 

Year Level
Description of Homework
Time Allocation
Years 4,5
Reading
Spelling
Number facts- mental computations, number, numeration, operations
Literacy activities
20-30 minutes per day
Year 6
Reading
Spelling
Number facts- mental computations, number, numeration, operations
Literacy activities
Project/ Research/ Assignment (aids high school preparation)
30- 45 minutes per day
 
 
In the Middle Phase of learning, homework should be completed daily. A routine is vital and may include:
 
  • Daily reading to, with and by family members. This becomes more independent with competency
  • Reading across a variety of subject areas – Science, Health, History
  • Including extensions of class activities, projects and/or research
  • Preparing for forthcoming classroom learning – collecting information, materials, items
  • Opportunities to write for meaningful purposes

     

Parents and teachers may agree to cooperatively negotiate additional tasks at home for individual students.