Each school develops its own homework policy after consultation with parents/caretaker and teachers. Your child's teacher has information about the school's policy. Encouragement and support from parents helps students to have a positive, productive approach to homework. Homework is meant to expand the daily learnings beyond school boundaries. It gives the student another chance to look at the topic or chapter in details and prepare himself or herself with better learnings.
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/caregivers have the opportunity to see the progress of their child. Homework provides challenges and stimulus to gifted and talented children.
The basic rules of homework are that it:
- is appropriate for each student's age and ability
- takes into account students' other commitments, such as sport, part-time employment and home responsibilities
- takes into account technology such as email and the Internet so that students without access are not disadvantaged.
In general, your child will not be expected to complete formal homework in Kindergarten. However, there are things you can do at home to help your child make the most of what they learn in Kindergarten. Reading to Children at Home and involving them in family activities will greatly assist the development of their skills in literacy, numeracy and problem solving. In Years 1 and 2 some formal homework is usually set. For example, students may be asked to complete simple computations, to copy letters or words, or to complete an activity sheet.
Homework in Years 3-6 will be varied and students will be expected to work more independently. However, teachers will still provide guidance and assistance to students having difficulties completing their homework. Much of the homework will be in English, Mathematics and Human Society and its Environment. However, it can be set across all areas of the curriculum.
In Years 7-12 homework should be set on a regular basis in most subjects. As students move into the senior school the homework and study demands will increase. However, students will be able to, at times, negotiate the amount, type and time frame of their homework.