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Homework

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Rationale

person filling in paper formHomework provides an opportunity for children to consolidate, practise and/or extend on work covered in school.

It can help to provide an insight into the children’s school lives as well as helping to instil self-discipline, responsibility and good habits as they move through and beyond school.

Objectives

To strengthen parents’ role as their child’s primary educator. 

To strike a balance between consolidating academic work and embracing children’s wellbeing.

To instigate and maintain a routine of study for a regular set time.

Operating principles

Handed out FRIDAY to be completed and returned the following WEDNESDAY. 

Each class will use the approved BSS Homework Grid which offers a choice of English, Maths and Wellbeing tasks but will include reading and spelling as compulsory tasks (as marked with a star). 

Each task will be allocated a point value based in its complexity (Using Blooms Taxonomy). 

Each student must earn 10 points in each area (English Maths and Wellbeing) for their homework to be considered complete. 

Parents will need to sign each task as it is completed. 

Children have the option to earn more points each week.

When children reach 300 points they will be awarded a “Homework Holiday” pass allowing a week off homework.

Each class will also determine a weekly homework reward for those who complete their homework. 

Children who do not complete their homework will not have access to this reward or the documented benefits of homework. 

Children will receive timely feedback on homework at the bottom of their next homework grid (which can be seen by parents).

Responsibilities

Our Principal should:

  • develop our school homework policy, in consultation with our school community

  • distribute our school homework policy through school website and appropriate handbooks

  • ensure our homework policy is effectively implemented throughout the school.

Our teachers should:

  • ensure our school's homework policy is implemented

  • clearly communicate the purpose, benefits and expectations of all homework  

  • inform parents if their child’s homework is regularly incomplete

  • check homework regularly and provide timely and useful feedback

  • use homework that is varied, challenging and directly related to class work and appropriate to students' learning needs.

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Last reviewed 08 March 2019
Last updated 08 March 2019