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Homework Policy

Our school practices are framed by the Queensland state schools P-12 curriculum, assessment and reporting framework and Queensland state schools P-12 curriculum and assessment reporting framework for Homework, and our school Pedagogical framework.

 

At Camp Hill State Infants and Primary School we believe that homework provides students with opportunities to:

  • consolidate their classroom learning
  • establish a pattern of behaviour for lifelong learning beyond the classroom

  • involve family members in their learning
 
The setting of homework takes into account both curricular and extra-curricular activities and considers the need to allow sufficient time for valued family, recreational, community and cultural interests.
 
Homework is effective in supporting learning when it has a clear purpose. Homework that enhances student learning:
 
  • is clearly related to class work
  • is appropriate to particular years of schooling (early, middle, senior)
  • is varied and differentiated to individual learning needs
  • consolidates, revises and/or applies students’ classroom learning (practise for mastery)
  • develops students’ independence as a learner through extension activities such as investigating, researching, writing, designing and making
  • assists students to prepare for upcoming classroom learning, such as collecting relevant materials and information, completing surveys and audits
  • is monitored by the teacher

Pedagogical Framework

 
Our school framework is designed around Dr Robert Marzano’s model of school leadership and effective instruction as presented in The Art and Science of Teaching-A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction.
 
In this Marzano identifies homework as an area that ‘’relates to practising and deepening knowledge.’’ (p.65) He states that “One conclusion that can be supported is that research over the years has demonstrated an overall positive effect on student achievement.” (p.70)

Responsibilities

 
Teachers will:
 
  • ensure that the school’s homework policy is implemented
  • develop a program that ensures that homework is relevant and consistent across each  year level team
  • clearly state homework expectations and specific details at the start of each term and share these with parents/carers e.g. homework cycle and time frames, regular literacy and numeracy tasks and reinforcement activities
  • check homework regularly and provide timely and useful feedback
 
Students can take responsibility for their own learning by:
 
  •  being aware of the school’s homework polic
  • discussing with their parents or caregivers homework expectations
  • accepting responsibility for the completion of homework tasks within set time frames
  • following up on comments made by teachers
  • seeking assistance when difficulties arise
  • organising their time to manage home obligations and participation in physical sports, recreational and cultural activities
 
Parents and caregivers can help their children by:
 
  • reading to them, talking with them and involving them in tasks at home including shopping, playing games and physical activity
 
  • assisting them to complete tasks by discussing key questions or directing them to resource
  • encouraging them to organise their time and take responsibility for their learning
  • encouraging them to read regularly and to take an interest in and discuss current local, national and international events
  • assisting them to balance the amount of time spent completing homework, watching television, playing computer games, playing sport and engaging in other recreational activities
  • contacting the relevant teacher to discuss any concerns about the nature of homework and their child’s approach to the homework
 
Parents may also find the following links valuable:
 
 
This site provides five easy things that parents can do to help improve their child’s learning. Each of the five ideas includes a section called TIPS - THINGS YOU CAN DO.
 
 
 
This site provides a number of resources and activities that you can do each day to assist your child with literacy and numeracy.