At Mother Teresa Catholic Primary we believe that home learning must have a purpose, be enjoyable and be part of the learning of the child.
- Homework will be appropriate to the age and ability level of the child and be in keeping with the stated time guidelines as outlined. The total amount of homework should not, in most cases exceed the recommendations. Year Level Time Allocation Guidelines inclusive of core and elective activities are:
- Prep – Year 2: will mainly consist of daily reading to, with and by parents/carers or older siblings. May extend class work by practicing skills or gathering extra information or materials. Will generally not exceed 30minutes per day.
- Teachers are required to communicate homework expectations clearly to parents at the commencement of each year and as required throughout the year. Expectations will be communicated through class websites, student diaries, class letters or homework grids.
- Homework consists of both core and elective activities preferably set up in a grid format.
Core Activities: includes daily reading, sight words/spelling. May include number facts and number concept practice, or revision.
Elective activities: promote health and well-being, prayer and include student’s interests, music, hobbies, home responsibilities, sports, games and family games and activities. May include activities reflective of activities going on in the community e.g. Day for Daniel, Mission Week, Religious Feast Days. This allows students and families to select activities according to their needs.
- A place for parents to leave comments as well as a place to inform the teacher of the length of time spent on homework is required. The student diary provides this as does the homework grid.
- Differentiation: The inclusion of both core and elective activities provide differentiation as does the number of items a students may need to complete. Homework differentiation for verified students, students with learning difficulties, ESL and students requiring extension is to be documented and may be individual.
- Homework will support the learning program at school, and will never contain work that is new to the child.
- Homework is not to contain assessment items, however can include collecting resources for assessment done in class time.
- Homework may contain the viewing of material required for lessons at school. This may be in written or digital form.
- Homework is to be consistent across classes in the year level.