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IPSWICH NORTH STATE SCHOOL
HOMEWORK POLICY
RATIONALE
Homework provides students with opportunities to consolidate their classroom learning, pattern behaviour for lifelong learning beyond the classroom and involve family members in their learning. The setting of homework takes into account the need for students to have a balanced lifestyle. This includes sufficient time for family, recreation, cultural pursuits and employment where applicable.
OBJECTIVES
At Ipswich North State School, we aim to provide homework that:
  • is purposeful and relevant to students needs and appropriate to the phase of learning
  • is appropriate to the capability of the student & develops the student’s      independence as a learner
  • is varied, challenging and clearly related to class work
  • Allows for student commitment to recreational, employment, family and cultural activities.
TYPES OF HOMEWORK
Homework can engage students in independent learning to complement work undertaken in class through:
 
  • revision and critical reflection to consolidate learning (practising for mastery)
  • applying knowledge and skills in new contexts (a topic of interest, an authentic local issue)
  • pursuing knowledge individually and imaginatively (investigating, researching, writing, designing, making)
  • preparing for forthcoming classroom learning (collecting relevant materials, items, information)
  • Preparing, planning and/or producing information for upcoming assessment tasks
RESPONSIBILITIES
Principals:
  • Develop a school homework policy, in consultation with their school community, particularly the Parents and Citizens’ Association.
  • Distribute the school homework policy to staff, students, and parents and caregivers, particularly at the time of student enrolment.
  • Ensure the homework policy is effectively implemented throughout the school.
  • Include an up-to-date school homework policy as part of their annual school reporting.
Teachers:
  • Set homework on a regular basis & clearly communicate the purpose, benefits and expectations of all homework.
  • Check homework regularly and provide timely and useful feedback.
  • Explicitly teach strategies to develop organisational and time-management skills and providing opportunities to practice these
  • Give consideration to student’s other academic and personal development activities (school based or other) when setting homework
Students:
  • Be aware of the school’s homework policy & discuss with parents or caregivers homework expectations
  • Accept responsibility for the completion of homework tasks within set time frames
  • Follow up on comments made by teachers & seek assistance when difficulties arise
  • Organise time to manage home obligations, participation in physical activity and sports, recreational and cultural activities and part-time employment
  • Completion of homework during free time and possible exclusion of rewards
Parents/ Guardians
  • Read to them, talk with them and involve them in tasks that support homework and help them to complete tasks by discussing key questions or directing them to resources
  • Encourage them to organise their time and take responsibility for their learning
  • Encourage them to read and to take an interest in and discuss current local, national and international events
  • Help them to balance the amount of time spent completing homework, watching television, playing computer games, playing sport and engaging in other recreational activities
  • Contact the relevant teacher to discuss any concerns about the nature of homework and their children’s approach to the homework.
  • Support the school when detentions for failing to complete homework are set and no extenuating circumstances exist.
FINAL THOUGHT
The success and benefit of homework depends on good communication between the teacher and home. Please contact your child(ren)’s teacher(s) with any concerns you have about homework.
Homework should be designed to reinforce work covered during class time, or as part of an ongoing unit of work.  Reading each night for all students Prep to Year 6 should be encouraged.
 
If problems are encountered by a student in completing any homework activities, please liaise with parent / caregiver if necessary.  All care needs to be taken when setting homework for students, especially when considering special needs, learning difficulties and/or any other factors, which may cause angst.
 
Prep to Year 3 students are generally encouraged to regularly practise reading, word recognition and/or spelling, and/or number facts.  Years 4 to 6 students are generally encouraged to spend time completing more long-term assignments.  The skills of organising time, work and commitments assist students to balance their workload.
 
Formal C2C assessment tasks should be completed at school under the supervision of teachers.