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Homework

It is an expectation of the Coorparoo State School community that all students abide by the following principles extracted from the Department of Education’s policy on homework (PDF, 203 KB):

Rationale

Our school Community believes that homework provides students with opportunities to consolidate their classroom learning, pattern behaviour for lifelong learning beyond the classroom and involve family members in their learning. The setting of homework takes into account the need for students to have a balanced lifestyle. This includes sufficient time for family, recreation and cultural pursuits.

Homework that enhances student learning:

  • is purposeful and relevant to students needs
  • is appropriate to the phase of learning (early, middle and senior)
  • is appropriate to the capability of the student
  • develops the student's independence as a learner
  • is varied, challenging and clearly related to class work
  • allows for student commitment to recreational, employment, family and cultural activities.

Purpose

Homework can engage students in independent learning to complement work undertaken in class through:

  • revision and critical reflection to consolidate learning (practising for mastery)
  • applying knowledge and skills in new contexts (a topic of interest, an authentic local issue)
  • pursuing knowledge individually and imaginatively (investigating, researching, writing, designing, making
  • preparing for forthcoming classroom learning (collecting relevant materials, items, information).

Homework schedule

The amount of time students should spend on homework each week.

  • In the Prep Year, generally students will not be set homework.
  • Years 1,2 and 3 - not to exceed 1 hour per week
  • Years 4 and 5 - not to exceed 2-3 hours per week
  • Year 6 - not to exceed 3-4 hours per week