Extensive research shows that there is no intellectual benefit of homework at primary school level beyond some organisational benefits. Keeping this in mind, we acknowledge that home learning can provide a platform for parents to have a greater understanding and involvement in their child’s schooling.
At Glenealy, we believe home learning is best when it:
- is specific to the needs of the individual learners.
- provides a platform to take action when pursuing interests and passions.
- is manageable and meaningful for students, teachers and parents.
- reinforces basic maths and reading skills.
- is flexible enough to cater for different family lifestyles and priorities.
- enables students to continue to work on meeting personalised targets.
- is responsive to aspects of learning that have arisen during the day/week
Weekly home learning will include:
Students are expected to read on a regular basis. Teachers will indicate how the reading record will be kept in each year level.
Years 2-6 will have a set mathematics task each week. These tasks will often be on digital platforms e.g. Mathletics.
Children will be expected to document and/or share follow-up action that they have taken in response to their learning on a weekly basis.
In addition, some students will benefit from focusing on their personalised learning targets. Your child’s teacher will share these targets with you.
The child’s specialist teacher will provide the students with tasks at an appropriate level.
Resources to Support Home learning
There are also extensive resources to be found on the Glenealy Globe including a dedicated section on Mathematics in the Parents as Partners section.
Homework over the holidays/family absences and illness:
Schoolwork will not be issued when children are away due to family holidays or events when the school is open for lessons. However, in the case of longer illnesses, the teacher can provide advice and support on continuing learning at home.
To assist your child, you can:
- Schedule a weekly timetable, balancing home learning with other extracurricular activities – this assists the child in developing good time management and study patterns.
- Talk to your child about their learning and promote a growth mindset.
- Provide adequate access to a PC/laptop for tasks that require the use of online programmes.