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Homework policy

Homework is strongly encouraged at Kiama Public School. However, homework is not compulsory i.e. teachers are not compelled to set it nor are students compelled to complete it.


The purpose of homework, like schoolwork, is learning. Homework is important for students of all ages as it helps them build on what they have already learnt in the classroom and prepares them for the next stage in their learning

Research carried out in Australia and overseas shows a clear link between the time spent by students in 'out of class study' and student achievement.

Homework helps to bridge the gap between home and school. Homework should be seen by teachers, students, parents and caregivers as a vital part of the home-school partnership, which supports young people while they learn. Homework can help parents become aware of current teaching and learning practices.

Suggestions and guidelines for classroom teachers

The following suggestions and guidelines should be considered when classroom teachers are determining classroom homework procedures for the year:

  1. Effective communication with the parents of the children at the start of the year. Relate to parents that the school has an expectation that time will be put aside, out of school hours, for learning activities and experiences. Explain the types of homework that will be set and the time that should be allocated to each particular area of work.
  2. Decide on the amount of time that should be allocated to homework on a nightly and on a weekly basis.

Allocation of time and activity guidelines

The following are the recommended periods of time that should be set aside for homework:

Kinder to Year 1:

  • 5 to 10 minutes per day - Establishing the routine of Home Reading for short periods every day.  Homework will mostly be concerned with optional exercises such as taking notes home and collecting pictures for a theme, collecting craft materials, to a maximum of 40 minutes per week.

Year 2 to Year 3:

  • 15 to 20 minutes per day - Home Reading is an on-going activity. Maximum of 1½ hours per week. This homework will gradually begin to take on a more formal structure.

Year 4 to Year 5:

  • 20 to 30 minutes per day - Maximum of 2 hours per week of more formalised work. Home reading.

Year 6:

  • 30 to 40 minutes per day - Maximum of 3 hours per week. Formalised work and research skills. Home reading.

Stage 1 (Years K–2):

  • Homework provides real opportunities for students to learn at home assisted by their parents and caregivers.
  • Parents can greatly assist their young child's learning by talking with them about school and by becoming involved in their homework activities.
  • Parents can help develop their child's reading by listening to their child read, giving praise and reading to their child.
  • Virtually all everyday activities at home and in play provide opportunities for parents to help young children develop numeracy, problem solving abilities and a wide range of other knowledge and skills.
  • In their early years children may be involved in such regular homework activities as home reading schemes, library borrowing and language activities.  These activities would usually total between forty minutes to one and a half hours per week (depending on the year).

Stages 2 and 3 (Years 3–6):

  • As students progress through primary school their ability to work independently on their homework will increase.
  • As students progress through primary school their ability to work independently on their homework will increase.
  • Most homework activities will be in the areas of English and Mathematics but students will also be given homework in other Key Learning Areas, i.e. Human Society and Its Environment, Science and Technology, Creative Arts and Personal Development/ Health/ Physical Education.
  • Activities may include completion of work, additional formal bookwork and tasks, reading, research, observation and data collection, designing and making models associated with project work.
  • As a guide students should complete about one and a half hours of homework per week in Year 3 increasing to about three hours per week in Year 6.