Homework bridges the gap between learning at school and learning at home. It reinforces work done in class. It helps develop skills such as research and time management.
- Homework helps to establish the habits of study, concentration and self-discipline.
- Parents/carers have the opportunity to see the progress of their child.
- Homework provides challenges and stimulus to gifted and talented children.
Homework can take on many forms including rote learning, reinforcement of concepts learnt at school, handwriting practice, spelling drills, writing assignments, research, extension activities for some children.
There is an expectation that children will complete their homework each night as set out in our school homework policy.
The following helpful hints are to support children to complete their homework each night:
- If you don't understand something ask the teacher before you go home.
- Have a special study area - not where there is a TV - as homework takes heaps longer if you're watching TV at the same time! (Some people find that they work well if there is music playing. Do you?).
- Get into a study routine. Do homework every night, even when you haven't got any. Use the time to practise skills, read or find out about something.
- Make a homework timetable. Put down all the things you do after school - eg. sport, music lessons, drama etc. - and work out when your homework time will be each night. Stick to it, and you will find that homework gets easier to manage and you still have time to hang out with your friends.
- Do your work on your own. It's OK to ask mum or dad for help - after you have had a really good try by yourself. They're not going to be sitting next to you at school so you need to learn how to do things by yourself don't you?
- Negotiate with mum and dad about programs you want to watch so that you can work round your favourite shows. Or ask if you can tape them so that you can watch when you have time.
- If you know something special is happening that night - eg. you're going straight to a birthday party - ask your teacher if you can have extra time or work at lunch so that you get your work done.
- Catch up on work missed if you are sick.
- Get work from school if you are sick for more than two days or are going to be away for a long time.
- Make it a rule that you don't do homework on weekends, then make sure you get it all done during the week so that you can keep the rule.