We recognise that learning takes place both within and beyond the classroom experience. Home Learning helps children prepare for lifelong learning and assists with the development of organisational and time management skills. It provides an opportunity for students to share their learning with their families and provides feedback to teachers about student learning.
We believe home learning should be:
- supportive of the development of the whole child;
- a way to extend the child’s understanding of the world around them;
- a means for developing good independent work habits and initiative;
- a skills practice device;
- a positive experience for all concerned; and
- inclusive of a broad range of activities to meet the needs of all students.
The communication between parents and teachers is an important part of ensuring home learning is positive and beneficial for each child.
Parents will be informed of the home learning requirements and expectations at the beginning of the school year. Teachers will communicate with parents if the child is consistently not completing home learning so that strategies to improve can be developed by the teacher, student and parent for those children. Teachers and parents should give praise, encouragement and feedback to students who complete home learning.
We understand that home learning can sometimes cause friction in families, and we ask parents to let us know if our expectations are causing problems. One of the most important things children should take from their junior school years is a love of learning, and this will only be achieved if work is done happily and successfully.