• Homework

    Caladenia Homework Policy

    In line with Caladenia Primary School’s whole child focus, the Homework Policy is reflective of the balance required in a child’s life. We have a strong belief that education is a partnership with parents and homework should not be intrusive on family life. Homework is an opportunity for parents to engage and support the education of their child in a realistic and practical way.

    Educational research clearly demonstrates that homework targeted to students’ needs and abilities has a positive effect on student learning and retention of key facts. Homework needs also to be incremental in amount and complexity as the students’ progress through school. In line with this, Caladenia’s Homework Policy outlines what parents can expect their children to be doing at the different stages of Primary School.

    Homework Guidelines

    • aid the development of basic literacy and numeracy skills which require mastery;
    • consolidate school learning;
    • relate to current classroom learning;
    • be able to be completed independently by children;
    • not be photocopied black line masters;
    • be negotiated at the point of need and support remediation or extension where necessary.

    Year Level Expectations

    Kindergarten/ Pre-primary

    Time: 10 – 15 minutes
    Homework:
    Home reader
    Parents Reading to student
    Learning Initial Sounds
    Early Number Concepts

    Year One to Three

    Time: 15 – 20 minutes
    Homework:
    Home reader
    Phonic Sounds
    Spelling words
    Parent Reading to student
    Basic Number facts

    Year Four and Five

    Time: 20 – 30 minutes
    Homework:
    Home reader
    Phonic sounds
    Spelling words
    Parent Reading to student
    Basic number facts
    Some small research projects
    Completion of some school based work.

    Year Six and Seven

    Time: 30 – 40 minutes
    Homework:
    Home reader
    Spelling words
    Basic number facts
    Some research projects
    Completion of some school based work.

    Supporting Explanations

    Literacy
    Home reading programs will be supported by all year levels. Home reading is necessary to aid the development of fluency, code breaking and comprehension. It greatly assists in developing reading confidence and nurtures a love of reading.

    Numeracy
    As children develop an understanding of basic operations, practise and mastery of basic facts will become part of homework expectations.

    Self Management
    As children enter upper primary, assignments given to practise skills taught at school, allowing for the development of self management and time management skills, are recommended.