At St. Charles, we believe that the home environment should also provide children with a wealth of valuable learning experiences.  Family based activities enable children to become confident, well rounded individuals.

 

Family based activities may include:

           

{C}·      Establishment of social conventions

{C}·      Shared reading, story telling

{C}·      Local library visits

{C}·      Outings

{C}·      Imaginative play

{C}·      Conversation with family/friends

 

Where specific homework is set by the teacher, it should adhere to the following beliefs:

 

  1. Homework should be seen as a purposeful non-threatening activity for both student and parent.
  2. Homework should be specific to the needs of the child and should be, where possible, challenging and open ended.
  3. Homework tasks should be designed so that all children experience some success in the work undertaken.
  4. Homework should include a variety of meaningful activities across the curriculum areas, appropriate to each grade level.

i.e.       specific reading

            Revising number facts and patterns (counting/tables)

            Collecting specific materials for class activities

            Watching/listening/discussing/written & electronic media

            Family problem solving tasks/discussions

            Completing unfinished work

            Specific research assignments and projects

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rationale:

 

Activities set by the classroom teacher to be completed at home are a valuable component of the learning process.  Homework should complement classroom learning, instill sound study habits and provide an opportunity to foster responsible learning.

 

The St. Charles community believes that homework should be a positive experience.  Tasks set by teachers to be completed at home should be designed to:

 

{C}1.    Encourage and develop students’ independent study habits; which include organizational and time management skills, self discipline, and responsibility towards their own learning using out of school resources.

{C}2.    Develop values, concepts and skills currently taught in the class, and to communicate these to parents.

{C}3.    Provide opportunities for parents to be involved in their child’s education.

{C}4.    Develop positive attitudes and appropriate skills to facilitate a smooth transition from Primary to Secondary school.

 

 

Expectations:

 

Parents should be advised at the beginning of the school year as to homework expectations relevant to each level.

 

Diaries to be used in upper levels will provide a regular means of communication between home and school.

 

Failure to complete homework on a regular basis should be followed up with parents.

 

 

Prep- Year 4 homework will:

 

  • Mainly consist of reading on a daily basis; reading to, with and by parents/caregivers or older siblings
  • Enable the extension of class work by gathering additional information or materials
  • Generally not exceed : 15 minutes per day at Prep and Year 1

                                         20  minutes per day at Year 2                                                                                                                                          

                                         30 minutes per day at Year 3 and 4

 

  • Will not be set on weekends and during vacations.

 

 

 

Year 5 – Year 6 homework:

 

  • Should include independent reading on a daily basis
  • May be set during weekends and school vacations as appropriate
  • May include tasks such as continuation of class work, projects and assignments, essays and research.
  • Will be approximately 45 minutes per day at Year 5 
  • Not more than 60 minutes per day at Year 6

 

Parental Assistance:

 

 

Encourage your child to develop a positive attitude toward homework by showing an interest in given task.

 

Establish clear expectations as to the appropriate standard of completed homework. For example presentation, handwriting, spelling, detail etc.

 

Establish a predictable routine where homework is begun at an agreed time. Become familiar with homework expectations at the beginning of each week in order to encourage effective planning. Encourage efficient time management, ensuring that your child adheres to appropriate time limits for his/ her level.

 

Establish a good working environment in a comfortable, well-lit area away from distractions.

 

Make homework time as enjoyable as possible. When sharing a book, make yourself comfortable and become involved in the story.

 

Keep explanations simple and practical when assisting your child. If your child has a problem, discuss the best way to find a solution, whilst still allowing your child to complete the task independently.

 

If difficulties continue to arise, we encourage you to consult your child’s teacher.

 

 

Evaluation:

 

This policy will be reviewed as part of the school’s four-year review cycle or as required.

 

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