A common parental view is that homework leads to improved academic achievement. Research to date on the academic benefits of homework has produced inconclusive and mixed results. There has been no benefit shown for children in the preschool year of schooling receiving formal homework. Current opinion is that homework provides little benefit to the academic results of primary school aged children.
In relation to homework, Gilmore Primary School believes that:
- quality teaching and learning is informed by academic research;
- children spend six hours a day at school and are often tired or ‘filled’ with school learning by the end of the day;
- homework should not add to the competing pressures of family life by limiting the time available for children’s extra-curricula activities or activities of cultural significance;
- the capacity of families to support children’s completion of homework varies for many reasons; and
- the active and positive participation of children in ‘family living’ - talking, listening, playing, being active and sharing interests with siblings and significant adults constitutes valuable learning.
At Gilmore Primary School:
- Regular, formal homework will not be set by class teachers. Teachers will meet with families, as required, to discuss ways to support children's learning at home.
- From time to time, project-based activities will be provided to students to expand their knowledge of a topic of study by encouraging independent research.
- All children will be encouraged to regularly borrow quality literature from the Gilmore Primary School library to read with a significant adult.
- Links to quality online learning will be provided on the school’s website to support families seeking to provide formal home learning for their child/ren.
- Families choosing to provide “homework” for their child are encouraged to ensure time spent on homework is responsive to the age and development of their child. As a broad guide, in addition to daily reading, K-2 students undertake no more than 15 minutes, students in Years 3/4 undertake no more than 20 minutes, and students in Years 5/6 undertake no more than 30 minutes homework each weeknight.
Parents and carers can support their child by:
- providing a suitable environment in which homework can be done;
- encouraging the child to ‘have a go’ before giving assistance;
- ensuring that homework does not become a burden on the child by balancing ‘work’ and play;
- engaging with support for home learning provided by the school through Facebook, the newsletter, the school's website, and family workshops.
The following websites may provide useful home learning opportunities for you and your child.