Homework is an integral part of Australian schooling.
Holy Spirit School recognises this and seeks to provide homework opportunities which support the wider school curriculum. Homework shall reinforce and shall indicate the learning in the classroom.
Homework provides opportunities for
- a glimpse to families of the school's formal curriculum.
- positive interaction about school at home.
- building an educational partnership (between school and home).
- the development of study skills necessary for learning.
- the development of a positive attitude towards study.
- the practice and reinforcement of the work covered in class.
- purposeful out-of-school learning.
- a variety of ways to challenge the student.
Homework time should be a positive part of family life. Parents, as partners in learning have a major role to play at homework times as encourager and supporter.
Homework may comprise routine homework (eg. writing sentences, basic operations), major tasks (eg. project/assignment work) and verbal tasks (eg. oral reading, number facts).
Teachers shall set homework that:
- reflects the regular curriculum.
- is seen as an opportunity for parents to communicate with their children.
- allows for some independent learning.
- is appropriate for the varying abilities in the class.
- is corrected and feedback is provided.
At the beginning of each year, grade level homework requirements will be clearly set out for all parties. Homework will normally be set during the school week and not on weekends. All teachers will set homework on a regular basis for all classes from Years 2 - 6. Major tasks (long term assignments/projects) will be restricted to the Upper School Years 5 - 6 and shall replace regular class homework for the duration of this major task.