In 2010 we surveyed our community to find out their thoughts about homework. While we have not made any school wide decisions on this, the results show that
For Year 1-3 students
Parents support children spending between 10 – 20 minutes doing homework Monday to Thursday. Parents would like to see children with a home reader every night, some spelling, math, and learning basic facts.
For Year 4 – 6 students
Parents support children spending 15 to 30 minutes doing homework Monday to Thursday. Parents would like to see children with some reading, spelling, math, basic facts, or a own choice reading text (e.g. library book or book from home.) 50% said they would like a homework sheet.
The big message that came through about homework was that it should be able to be completed by the child with minimal help from parents, unless specific parents request harder homework which would require more of their involvement. Except for reading, the two basic rules of homework are:
Ø It is the childs homework, not the parents.
Ø Homework is designed to build independence of children, to carry on work at home to support their learning, building habits for success when older.