Homework Expectations

The strength of beneficial homework lies in in the partnership between the College, the student and the parent. Homework is most successful when parents engage with their children about their learning. Value lies not only in students completing relevant teacher set tasks, but in sharing their learning with their families and engaging in shared activities such as cooking, budgeting for shopping, bike riding, outdoor adventures, and conversations regarding age appropriate debates about news and current affairs. Personal growth and social development are equally as important as academic excellence and all students are encouraged to participate in peer based activities outside of school hours. 

 

Students with a balanced lifestyle that includes family activities and non academic pursuits such as learning a musical instrument and playing sport are reported to experience greater overall academic success (Pope & Galloway 2013). For homework to be beneficial to students, it should be purposeful, reinforce the current learning that is taking place in the classroom (Cooper, 2007) and be realistic in the amount of time it takes to complete, allowing students to lead a balanced lifestyle (Cooper, Robinson & Patall, 2006).


 

Foundation

  • Students are expected to read 4 nights a week. Reading should include the student being read to, reading with the student, books being read by the student and discussing stories and books with family members.
  • Students are expected to practise letter names and sounds and, when reading words from the Oxford word list.
  • Students are expected when ready, to complete Spellodrome teacher set tasks weekly.
  • Students are expected when ready, to complete Mathletics teacher set tasks weekly.
  • In Term Two, a soft-toy will be introduced to each Foundation class as the “class pet”. Students will be asked to write a recount of the time the class pet spent with them. Materials and expectations provided by the classroom teacher.

 


Year One

  • Students are expected to read 4 nights a week. Reading should include the student being read to, reading with the student, books being read by the student and discussing stories and books with family members.
  • Students are expected to complete Spellodrome teacher set tasks weekly.
  • Students are expected to complete Mathletics teacher set tasks weekly.
  • At the beginning of each Integrated topic, students are asked to discuss the topic with their families and record their wonderings. A note should be returned to school stating, “I wonder…”and the student’s ideas.
  • In Term Two, a soft-toy will be introduced to each Year 1 class as the “class pet”.  Students will be asked to write a recount of the time the class pet spent with them. Materials and expectations provided by the classroom teacher.

 


Year Two

  • Students are expected to read 4 nights a week. Reading should include the student being read to, reading with the student, books being read by the student and discussing stories and books with family members.
  • Students are expected to complete Spellodrome teacher set tasks weekly.
  • Students are expected to complete Mathletics teacher set tasks weekly.
  • Students will be asked to discuss with their families an Integrated topic investigation question, one to two times per term.

 


Year Three

  • Students are expected to read independently 4 nights a week.
  • Students are expected to complete a weekly reading reflection.
  • Students are expected to complete Spellodrome teacher set tasks weekly and/or practise their spelling list.
  • Students are expected to complete Mathletics teacher set tasks weekly. Students should regularly practise their times tables at home.
  • Students will be expected to complete set projects. Most of this work will be completed in class time but some extra research or finishing off tasks may be required to be completed at home. Rubrics, expectations and due dates will be set by the Year Level teachers at the beginning of the project.

 


Year Four

  • Students are expected to read independently 4 nights a week. Students are expected to complete a weekly reading reflection.
  • Students are expected to complete Spellodrome teacher set tasks weekly and/or practise their spelling list.
  • Students are expected to complete Mathletics teacher set tasks weekly. Students should regularly practise their times tables at home.
  • Students will be expected to complete two projects per year. Most of this work will be completed in class time but some extra research or finishing off tasks may be required to be completed at home. Rubrics, expectations and due dates will be set by the Year Level teachers at the beginning of the project.

 


Year Five

  • Students are expected to read independently 4 nights a week.
  • Students are expected to complete Spellodrome teacher set tasks weekly and/or practise their spelling list.
  • Students are expected to complete Mathletics teacher set tasks weekly. Students should regularly practise their times tables at home.
  • Students will be expected to complete a project for each integrated unit. Most of this work will be completed in class time but some extra research or finishing off tasks may be required to be completed at home. Rubrics, expectations and due dates will be set by the Year Level teachers at the beginning of the project.
  • Any incomplete classwork is expected to be finished at home.

 


Year Six

  • Students are expected to read independently 4 nights a week.
  • Students are expected to complete Spellodrome teacher set tasks weekly and/or practise their spelling list.
  • Students are expected to complete Mathletics teacher set tasks weekly. Students should regularly practise their times tables at home.
  • Students will be expected to complete a project for each integrated unit. Most of this work will be completed in class time but some extra research or finishing off tasks may be required to be completed at home. Rubrics, expectations and due dates will be set by the Year Level teachers at the beginning of the project.
  • Any incomplete classwork is expected to be finished at home.

Year Seven

  • Students are expected to read independently several nights per week.  Students will present one book review per term.  The rubric and guidelines will be given to students at the beginning of each term.  The book review will be presented by the student to their class.
  • Students are expected to complete two weekly Read Theory teacher set tasks.
  • Students are expected to practise their spelling lists regularly.  Spelling lists include 10 -20 common words with weekly glossary terms added as directed by the classroom teacher.
  • Students are expected to complete Mathletics teacher set tasks weekly.
  • Students will be expected to complete set assessment tasks each term. Most of this work will be completed in class time but some extra research or finishing off tasks may be required to be completed at home. Rubrics, expectations and due dates will be set by the Year Level teachers at the beginning of the project.
  • Any incomplete classwork is expected to be finished at home.  Drafting, editing, and preparation for the next class may also be required to be completed.

 


Year Eight

  • Students are expected to read independently several nights per week.  Students are expected to log their independent reading.
  • Students are expected to complete four weekly Read Theory tasks as set by the classroom teacher.
  • Students are expected to practise their spelling lists regularly.  Spelling lists include weekly glossary terms.
  • Students are expected to complete Mathletics teacher set tasks weekly.
  • Students will be asked to complete set assessment tasks each term.  This work will be initiated during class time but extra research and/or finishing off tasks will be required to be completed at home. Rubrics, expectations and due dates will be set by the Year Level teachers at the beginning of the project.
  • Any incomplete classwork is expected to be finished at home.  Drafting, editing, and preparation for the next class may also be required to be completed.

 


Year Nine

  • Students are expected to read independently several nights per week.
  • Students are expected to complete six weekly Read Theory tasks as set by the classroom teacher.
  • Students are expected to practise their spelling lists regularly. Spelling lists include weekly glossary terms.
  • Students are expected to complete Mathletics teacher set tasks weekly.
  • Students should also allocate time to work independently on the problem-solving component of Mathletics.
  • Students are expected to complete independent research for assessment tasks related to their current learning.
  • Any incomplete classwork is expected to be finished at home.  Drafting, editing, and preparation for the next class may also be required to be completed.

 


Levelled Literacy Intervention

  • Students involved in the program are expected to practise their reading skills five nights per week.

 


Specialist classes & Electives

  • Foundation – Year 6 students are encouraged to practise fundamental motor skills such as bouncing, catching and kicking balls, skipping, hopping and jumping at home with their families.
  • Any incomplete classwork is expected to be finished at home.  Drafting, editing, and preparation for the next class may also be required to be completed.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to extend their understanding and practise of skills and knowledge all specialist areas that they are engaged in at home: e.g. Food Technology, textiles, music, art, etc.  Essentially those subject areas that they are timetabled for at the time.

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