Homework

While each year level at BFPS is guided by our School Council endorsed Homework Policy, homework looks a little different across the school. We see homework as an opportunity for parents and carers to participate in their child’s education. Students practise skills and knowledge learnt at school, in pursuit of becoming an independent learner, responsible for their own learning. Homework complements and reinforces classroom learning and fosters good lifelong study habits.

In general, students are expected to complete and submit the following homework:

Preps

  • Daily reading (5 – 10 mins per night)
  • Weekly sight words
  • Teachers may set additional tasks to support the classroom program

Grade 1/2s

  • Daily reading (10 – 15 mins per night)
  • Weekly spelling words
  • Weekly homework choice matrix based around the spelling, English, maths and personal learning skills being taught in class
  • In addition projects may be assigned to support the classroom program

Grade 3/4s

  • Daily reading of a variety of texts (15 – 20 mins per night)
  • Daily practise of times tables, mental maths facts and spelling words
  • Fortnightly revision of other tasks related to classroom activities
  • In addition projects and extended tasks may be assigned to support the classroom program

Grade 5/6s

  • Daily reading (minimum total of 1 hour per week, students choose amount per night)
  • Fortnightly revision of Maths and English skills being taught in class
  • In addition projects and extended tasks may be assigned to support the classroom program.

Teachers will:

  • Ensure students are given homework tasks and they are made aware of the due date.
  • Value students’ efforts by acknowledging their work and providing feedback.
  • Contact parents if a student is not completing homework on a regular basis.
  • Encourage students to develop home organisation skills for homework.

Parents can help children by:

  • Encouraging a regular daily session to examine and complete homework.
  • Discussing key questions or suggesting resources to help with homework.
  • Helping to balance the amount of time spent between homework and recreational activities such as watching television or playing computer games.
  • Asking how homework and class work is progressing and acknowledging success.
  • Attending school events, open nights, productions or displays their child is involved in.
  • Talking to teachers to discuss problems with homework.
  • Ensuring that their child effectively uses their homework diary.

Policies

  • School Homework Policy (March 2011)

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