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Homework

Each state school has a homework policy, developed in consultation with the school community. The Miami State School Homework Policy is endorsed by the P&C Association. Homework provides students with opportunities to consolidate their classroom learning, pattern behaviour for lifelong learning beyond the classroom and involve family members in their learning. The setting of homework takes into account the need for students to have a balanced lifestyle. This includes sufficient time for family, recreation and cultural pursuits.

Miami State School provides homework that enhances student learning. Homework given:

  • Is purposeful and relevant to student’s needs
  • Is appropriate to the phase of learning, early or middle.
  • Is appropriate to the capacity of the student (appraised students or students with disability have differentiated homework).
  • Develops the student’s independence as a learner.
  • Is varied, challenging and clearly related to class work.
  • Allows for students commitment to recreational, employment, family and cultural.

Miami State School homework can engage students in independent learning to complement work undertaken in class through:

  • Revision and critical reflection to consolidate learning (practising mastery).
  • Applying knowledge and skills in new contexts (a topic of interest, an authentic local issue).
  • Pursuing knowledge individually and imaginatively (investigating, researching, writing, designing, making).
  • Preparing for forthcoming classroom learning (collecting relevant materials, items, information).

Responsibilities

Principal:

  • The school homework policy has been developed in consultation with the school community, particularly the Parents and Citizens’ Association.
  • The school homework policy is distributed to school staff at the commencement of the school year during the January Student Free Day.
  • The school homework policy is distributed to students at the commencement of the school year with Year 4 to 6 students gluing a copy into their diary.
  • The school homework policy is distributed to parents and caregivers at time of enrolment and at the annual Parent/Teacher meeting. A copy is sent home to parents who do not attend the Parent/Teacher meeting.
  • The homework policy is monitored throughout the year to ensure that it is being effectively implemented throughout the school. This is achieved through:
    • A copy of all year level homework being collected and filed centrally.
    • Collecting samples of student’s homework for review.
    • Sample interviews of students about their homework.
    • Sample interviews with parents about the Miami State School homework policy.
  • The school homework policy is included as part of the annual schooling reporting.

Teachers: Teachers will help students establish a routine of regular, independent study by:

  • Implementing the school homework policy.
  • Setting homework as per the school policy on a regular basis.
  • Clearly communicating the purpose, benefits and expectations of homework through:
    • A written statement on all published homework tasks.
    • Providing parents with a written statement about the homework that will be given to students throughout the year.
    • Explaining to parents at the annual Parent/Teacher meeting the class homework purpose, benefits and expectations.
  • Checking homework regularly and providing timely and useful feedback..
  • Providing homework that is varied, challenging and directly related to class work and appropriate to student learning.
  • Explicitly teaching students strategies to develop organisational and time-management skills and providing opportunities to practice these strategies through homework.
  • Giving consideration to the other academic and personal development activities (school based or other) that students could be engaged in when setting homework. Teachers will do this by publishing each Term a list of school events and seeking from parents a list of activities that their child is involved in. This will be used to plan homework.
  • Discussing with parents/caregivers any developing problems concerning their child’s homework and suggesting strategies to assist with their homework. Teachers will achieve this through:
    • P to 3 parents being required to sign all completed homework tasks.
  • Home Reading – students are required to complete home reading nightly. Students are to record their reading in their home reading journals.
    • Year 4 to 6 parents being required to certify that they are aware of the homework their child has undertaken by signing the student diary.
    • Sending a Homework Reminder Notice to parents when a child fails to complete the required homework.
    • Sending a Student of Concern letter when a student has not completed the required homework after teacher intervention.
    • A Parent/Teacher interview to discuss homework as required.
    • Conferring with the principal when they have a student with ongoing homework concerns.

Students will be assisted to take responsibility for their own learning by:

  • Being made aware of the school’s homework policy on enrolment and after class placement.
  • Discussing with their parents/caregivers their class teacher’s homework expectations. In Year 1 to 3 this will take the form of a home/school agreement that is discussed at the Parent/Teacher Meeting and that parents are asked to sign. In Year 4 to 6 this will take the form of a class homework agreement that will be discussed in class, signed by the student, then taken home and signed by the parent. This will then be placed in the student’s personal file.
  • 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, participation in physical activity and sports, recreational and cultural activities.

The role of parents and caregivers with homework:

Through the Parents and Citizens’ Association, parents can have a key role in the development of the school’s homework policy. Parents and caregivers can help their children by:

  • Encouraging them to organise their time and take responsibility for their learning. Parents will be provided with strategies for assisting students with personal organisation.
  • Reading to them, talking with them and involving them in tasks at home including shopping, playing games and physical activity.
  • Helping them to complete tasks by discussing key questions or directing them to resources. The homework task will include tips for parents on assisting students with homework.
  • Encouraging them to read and take an interest in and discuss current local, national and international events.
  • Helping 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 class teacher to discuss any concerns about the nature of homework and their children’s approach to the homework.

Considering student’s other commitments when setting homework

In determining homework, the class teacher will consider that students may be engaging in many different activities outside of school. These may include physical activities and sports, recreational and cultural pursuits. Teachers will prepare a term overview of homework and seek input from parents on their children’s commitments.

Homework appropriate to particular phases of learning

The following is the guide used by teachers in determining the amount of set homework that students are expected to undertake. It is of course open to parents to consult with their child’s teacher about additional materials or practice exercises with which parents can assist their children at home.

Early phase of learning (Prep to year 3)

The main focus at home will be to develop literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills.

The homework may include:

  • Daily reading to, with, and by parents/caregivers or other family members
  • Linking concepts with familiar activities such as shopping, preparation of food, local environment and family outings
  • Promotion of conversations about what is happening at school
  • Preparation for oral presentations
  • Opportunities to write for meaningful purposes.

Prep students may have a sharing book in Term 1. Parents are encouraged to read to their child each night which is formalised. In Term 2 home reading will commence for all students by the beginning of Semester 2. Year 1, 2 and 3 students will do no more than 1 hour per week.