Our school practices are framed by the Stages of Schooling and Homework (PDF, 614KB) 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
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)
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 policy
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:
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.