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HOMEWORK & STUDY POLICY

The Lesmurdie Senior High School community recognises the value and importance of homework and study as integral to supporting students to thrive and achieve to their full potential.

Homework and Study;

  • Bridge the gap between learning at school and learning at home. It reinforces work done in class. It helps develop skills such as research and time management.
  • Help to establish the habits of study, concentration and self-discipline. Parents/caregivers have the opportunity to see and monitor the progress of their child.
  • Provide opportunities for consolidation and has the potential to challenge and stimulate students.

The effective use of the Student Homework Diary is critical to students maintaining a regimented homework and study routine. Students are required to write ‘due dates’ immediately in class to ensure they meet deadlines.

 

Homework should:

  • Be appropriate for each student’s age and ability
  • Be interesting, challenging, and where appropriate open-ended
  • Be purposeful, meaningful and relevant to the curriculum
  • Be assessed by teachers with feedback and support provided
  • Take into account students’ other commitments, such as sport, part-time employment and home responsibilities and
  • Take into account technology such as email and the Internet so that student’s without access are not disadvantaged.

 

Study is self-directed revision of class work, allowing for material to be reviewed and consolidated so that long term learning is enhanced. This can include concepts taught in class and long term review of concepts. An example is a concept learned in Mathematics in Term 1 or a text studied in English.

 

 

TYPES OF HOMEWORK

  • Practice Exercises help students to remember and practise newly acquired skills – such as memorising mathematical rules, essay writing, reading for pleasure, practising and playing a musical instrument.
  • Preparatory Homework requires students to source and read background information to prepare them for future lessons on a specific subject- such as reading background material for history.
  • Extension Assignments encourage students to pursue knowledge individually and imaginatively. Assignments may include writing a book review, researching local news or retrieving items from the Internet.
  • Completion of missed or unfinished work.


PURPOSE OF HOMEWORK/STUDY

  • Allows for practising, extending and consolidating work done in class
  • Provides training for students in planning and organising time
  • Develops a range of skills in identifying and using information resources
  • Establishes habits of study, concentration and self-discipline which will serve the student for the rest of their lives
  • Strengthens home-school links
  • Reaffirms the role of parents and caregivers as partners in education
  • Provides parents and caregivers with insights into what is being taught in the classroom and the progress of their children and
  • Challenges and extends all children

 

 

RECOMMENDED TIME

In order for students to achieve to their full potential at school, students should devote time to homework/study on a regular basis.

The recommended minimum times are:

  • Year 8                           1 hour per night for 5 nights a week
  • Year 9                           1½ hours per night for 5 nights a week
  • Year 10                         2 hours per night for 5 nights a week
  • Year 11                         3 hours per night for 5 nights a week
  • Year 12                         3 hours per night for 5 nights a week

 

 

EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS

Students can help themselves by:

  • Writing down all details of homework they are set in their school homework diary (including due dates)
  • Being aware of the importance of homework/study
  • Being aware of the school’s homework/study policy
  • Ensuring homework is of a high standard and completed within the given time frame
  • Alerting parents or caregivers to homework/study expectations
  • Seeking assistance from teachers and parents or caregivers when difficulties arise
  • Organising their time to ensure that sufficient time is given to completing homework within set deadlines – not leaving work until the ‘last minute’
  • Organising their time to ensure sufficient time to study prior to assessments and exams, and
  • Review aspects or concepts on a regular basis and setting up an appropriate Study Program.


ROLE OF PARENTS & CAREGIVERS

Parents and caregivers can assist by:

  • Taking an active interest in homework/study
  • Ensuring that there is time set aside for homework/study
  • Encouraging and supporting students to complete homework/study
  • Providing, where possible, a dedicated place and desk for homework/study
  • Encouraging their children to read and take an interest in current events
  • Assisting teachers to monitor homework by signing completed work where requested and being aware of the amount of homework set
  • Communicating with teachers any concerns about the nature of homework and their children’s approach to homework
  • Alerting the school to any domestic or extracurricular activities which may need to be taken into consideration when homework is being set or corrected
  • Monitoring Student Diary.