Homework can be a valuable part of schooling. Homework provides students with the opportunity to deepen understanding and proficiency in a content area. It allows for practising and consolidating work learnt in class. It provides opportunities for students to practice planning and organizing their time and it has the potential to challenge and extend learners. It also provides opportunities to consolidate their classroom learning, pattern behaviour for lifelong learning beyond the classroom and involve family members in their learning.
Homework can also provide parents and caregivers with an opportunity to see the type of learning activities their children are working with at school, but should not be seen as an effective way of gauging their progress at school. This really requires a parent / teacher dialogue.
Homework is most useful when:-
The teacher's expectations will be communicated. These expectations will clearly state:-
When setting homework account must be taken of the developmental age and ability of the learner, as well as students’ home responsibilities and extracurricular activities.
Teachers need to ensure prompt and useful feedback occurs and that follow-up is provided regularly to students.
Teachers in the middle years need to explicitly teach strategies to develop organisational and time-management skills and provide opportunities to practise these strategies through homework. Homework has the potential to affirm the partnership in learning between parents and teachers. It is essential that the importance of family and leisure activities is recognized in the amounts and type of homework that is set.
Parents and caregivers have an important role in assisting the school in the development of their school’s homework procedures. They can help their children by:-
Students can take responsibility for their own learning by:-
The following information is provided as a guide:-
Homework Hours over a Week
In the Prep Year, generally students will not be set homework.Years 1-3 – could be up to but generally not more than 1 hour per weekYears 4-5 – could be up to but generally not more than 2-3 hours per weekYears 6-7 – could be up to but generally not more than 3-4 hours per week
(Recommendations as per Education Queensland)
Year 8 – 1 ½ hours per day or 7 ½ hours per weekYear 9 – 2 hours per day or 10 hours per weekYear 10 – 2 ½ hours per day or 12 ½ hours per weekYears 11-12 – 3 hours per day or 15 hours per week
(Recommendations from Carmel College)