Homework and Assessment
Homework is a vital part of the learning process for all students in Prep to Year 6. It assists the development of disciplined study habits and is an effective way of revising and practising what has been learnt in the classroom. As a general guide, students should be doing homework four nights a week and occasionally extra time may be allocated for projects and preparation for tests or exams. In most classes a Homework sheet is given out once a week to be returned completed the same day the following week. If your child is finding it difficult to fulfil the homework requirements; please contact their teacher in order to negotiate an alternative solution.
Success with homework and study depends on establishing a routine which includes:
- a suitable place to study;
- a set time to study; and
- a good routine.
A place to study should:
- be quiet and free from distractions such as television, stereo, younger children;
- if possible, be a special area set aside for homework; and
- provide good light to help avoid unnecessary tiredness.
As a general guide for students and parents, the following times are suggested for each Year level:
Prep 10 minutes + Take Home Reading
Year 1 10 – 15 minutes + Take Home Reading
Year 2 15 – 20 minutes + Take Home Reading
Year 3 20 minutes + Take Home Reading
Year 4 20 minutes + Take Home Reading
Year 5 20 – 30 minutes + Take Home Reading
Year 6 30 – 40 minutes + Take Home Reading
It is important to have a regular time for homework and to keep to it. Late afternoons and early evenings are particularly good times.
Children should be encouraged to treat homework as a serious task that must be completed neatly and with care and concentration.
Reading should constitute part of the homework process right through primary school and should involve more than the requirements of the Take Home Reading Program. While time should be put aside each night for younger children and/or struggling readers to read aloud to an adult, older children should read silently and hopefully for pleasure, every night.
Assessment is ongoing throughout the year and is both formative and summative. Formative assessment within classes consists of a variety of methods including, but not limited to, weekly reading, number facts and spelling tests, running records, observations, anecdotal records, work samples and student self-reflection. Summative assessment consists of formal testing completed at the end of a unit of work in a particular subject and/ or at the end of a semester and can sometimes include a standardized test done in October every year, the Naplan tests and the ‘I’ Achieve and PAT tests.
At the end of Term 1 a compulsory Parent/ Teacher Interview is held with all families to briefly share each child’s progress since the start of the year and to offer strategies to assist parents to work with the school in overcoming difficulties and extending student’s progress. A formal written report is sent home to each family at the end of Semesters 1 and 2 with the option of a Parent / Teacher interview if required.