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Homework

Homework benefits students by complementing classroom learning, fostering good study habits and providing an opportunity for students to be responsible for their own learning.  Schools may set homework appropriate to the age and abilities of students. Homework is considered to be an integral part of the academic program at Prescott Primary Northern.

 

Homework is there:

  • To support and extend classroom learning.
  • To develop positive study habits.
  • To develop a responsibility for self-learning.

 

Implementation:

  • The school’s homework policy will be distributed to parents at the commencement of each school year.
  • All students will be allocated homework diaries/ communication books
  • Classroom teachers will set daily homework appropriate to each child’s skill level and age.
  • Homework activities should be interesting, challenging and where appropriate, open-ended.
  • Each set task must be purposeful, meaningful and relevant to the current classroom curriculum
  • All homework activities must be assessed with feedback and support provided by teachers.
  • Consequences may be applied for incomplete homework consistent with the Student Code of Conduct.

 

Lower Primary School

Homework will consist mainly of:

  • reading activities to, with and by parents.
  • simple extension tasks associated with classroom activities.
  • gathering of additional information or materials
  • Homework will generally not exceed 30 minutes per day and will not be set on weekends or during vacation periods.

 

Middle and Upper Primary School

Homework will consist mainly of:

  • independent reading on a daily basis
  • tasks such as continuation of classroom work, projects and assignments, essays and research
  • homework will generally not exceed 45 minutes per day, must be coordinated between teachers to avoid excessive workload, and will not be set during weekends and school vacations.
  • it is acceptable for teachers to assign unfinished classroom activities as homework tasks.

 

Teacher Responsibilities

Teachers are responsible for:

  1. Giving Homework to children on a daily and/or weekly basis.
  2. Establishing a procedure to check off completion and correction of Homework.
  3. Communicating with parents regarding child's performance in Homework.
  4. Ensuring students complete Homework to a satisfactory standard.
  5. Setting Homework quantity and days according to the following times:

 

DAYS: Monday ‑ Thursday (ho homework on weekends).

TIMES: Rec ‑ Gr 2                             20 minutes/night

                    Gr 3 ‑ 4:                      30 minutes/night

                    Gr 5 – 7                      30 ‑ 45 minutes/night

 

NOTE: No Homework is set for the first week of the School Year (Children get books ready) or on School Concert Night.

 

Student Responsibilities

The student is responsible for:

  1. Completing homework to a satisfactory standard.
  2. Returning homework to school as required.

 

Parent Responsibilities

Parents are responsible for:

  1. Ensuring children have a time set aside for homework.
  2. Listening to children read if required.
  3. Reminding students of their responsibility in regards to homework.
  4. Ensuring children do not spend excess amounts of time on homework and if work is incomplete, notify the teacher of the difficulties experienced.