All home learning will be shared with parents in the Weekly Plan which is sent out on Thursday afternoon for the week ahead so parents can clearly see what will be covered including any upcoming assignments and deadlines.
Learning at home in the Elementary School is intended to be purposeful, relevant to student learning, and recognize the importance of play and balance in our students’ lives.
Reading is an important part of development for children in Elementary School. Providing daily opportunities for students to read is essential in improving reading fluency and comprehension. In addition, it helps build vocabulary and develop writing skills.
We use the RAZ Kids platforms for our reading assignments. Please see the section on Reading Expectations and Levels in this handbook for additional information.
In grades 1-2 students will spend 20 minutes reading on RAZ kids 3x per week- totaling 1 hour per week minimum.
In grades 3-5 students will spend 30 minutes reading on RAZ kids or their assigned reading platform 3x per week- totaling 1.5 hours per week minimum.
Students may also be required to complete an assigned task, such as a reading reflection.
In addition to our home reading program, there may be times when other homework tasks are assigned. These assignments are designed for a purpose to support and reinforce learning in the classroom, and may not be assigned every evening.
Assigned work is what the child does, not the parent or caregiver, or a tutor. It is for discussion, but the child is responsible for completing it. Home learning time for Elementary students should, under no circumstances, become stressful. It is a time for children and parents to share discussions on schoolwork, and provides an opportunity for parents to partner in their child’s learning.
We appreciate that after school students are involved in a variety of activities, and that participation in after-school activities is vital in the development of the whole child. Equally important is the opportunity for students to rest, play and spend quality time with friends and family. Therefore, it is encouraged that home learning is assigned sparingly, thoughtfully, and only as an extension of student learning beyond the classroom.
Grade 6: Approximately 30 minutes per week for each subject.
Grades 7 & 8: Approximately 45 minutes per week per subject.
Grades 6-8 students will spend 30 minutes reading on their assigned reading platform 3x per week- totaling 1.5 hours per week minimum.
Responsibilities of teachers
- Provide clear and relevant homework tasks, (written instructions), achievable within set time frames.
- Provide homework set within a student’s capabilities, taking into account student differences.
- Provide intermediate deadlines for major projects in order to help students manage their time more effectively.
- Teach/reinforce the skills needed for successful homework completion.
- Establish a routine with students regarding the assigning and monitoring of homework.
- Record major deadlines on the assignment calendar in advance, and be aware that students have demands from other classes.
- Support students who experience difficulty in completion of homework tasks to develop better organisational skills.
- Make available any resources required to complete the homework task.
- Ensure feedback is regular, timely, positive and constructive.
Responsibilities of students
- Be aware of the details of the homework and the deadlines.
- Be aware of the importance of homework and of the school’s homework.
- Plan homework task completion appropriately, not leaving work to the last minute.
- Actively seek to develop and use strategic study habits, such as time management, active reading and note-taking.
- Seek clarification and assistance from teachers when needed.
- Submit homework on time and to a high standard.
- Develop an effective individual study timetable, which includes revision as well as set tasks.
Responsibilities of parents/guardians
- Encourage increasing responsibility for learning and organisation.
- Encourage daily homework and study.
- Be aware of and reinforce the school’s homework and late work procedures.
- Provide a quiet place and a desk for homework and study.
- Observe progress and acknowledge success.
- Assist with the balance of time spent completing homework and time engaging in leisure, sporting or recreational activities.
- If necessary, remove obstacles to homework completion such as computers, gaming consoles, television and phones.
- Contact the relevant teacher to discuss problems their children are having with homework.
Responsibilities of administrators
- Ensure that the school’s homework policy is published and accessible to all stakeholders.
- Ensure that the school’s homework policy is periodically reviewed, to support best practice.
- Provide assessment-free revision periods before exams.
- Integrate major deadlines within the school’s calendar.
- Periodically monitor the homework load of students.
- Offer support for students, parents or teachers struggling with homework expectations.