At Algester School homework is set for Prep - Year 6. There is no formal homework for Prep. The nature and format of the homework is decided by the class teacher and takes into consideration the needs of the class and the current classroom activities and areas of study.
Teachers may choose to set homework at the beginning of the week to be completed by the end of the week, or some each night, which is handed in the following morning, or a system that includes aspects of both these approaches. The setting of homework will not be used as a punishment. The time children should spend on homework is as follows:
- Prep Year - Take home readers and sight words from Term 2
- Years 1-3 - Generally not more than one (1) hour each week
- Years 4-5 - Generally not more than 2-3 hours each week
- Year 6 - Generally not more than 3-4 hours each week
Families have an important role to play in supporting children in their homework tasks. For our younger students, it is important that parents get involved by reading books to them and encouraging them in a range of activities. For the older students, parents can help them balance the amount of time spent completing homework, watching television, playing sport and doing part-time work.