We believe that the best homework is that which helps children
Homework has divided support. Some families want more structured written tasks because they feel that this will prepare their children for high school and some families want none because they are fed up with the tensions that homework can cause. What we know as teachers is that homework needs to be structured differently to meet the needs of children today.
At Ascot Park Primary School, we do not set homework for homework’s sake. We acknowledge that children need time after school for extra-curricular activities, for relaxation and for family time.
- All students benefit from reading at home on their own and/or with family members on a daily basis. Parents are asked to support this as research shows a strong positive relationship between parental involvement and higher levels of school achievement, particularly in reading.
- Homework is sometimes necessary for students who have not completed set work during school hours.
- Occasionally teachers may choose to set an overnight task that is directly related to an aspect of the day’s learning. We understand that many of our students have after school commitments so if your child is unable to complete an overnight task, parents are asked to inform the teacher.
- Physical activity is very important for children. We encourage children to participate in physical activity regularly each week – structured or recreational.
- We encourage students to undertake responsible tasks that assist the family or the community, such as household chores.
- Students who enjoy having homework could negotiate a task with parents and/or the class teacher eg they could research a topic that interests them.
- There is an abundance of affordable books and many Internet sites and apps with educational games and challenges for your child to use if needed.
In summary, the expectations are:
- 20 minutes daily reading for all students.
- Finishing off work that should have been completed at school.
- Possibly a weekly task, at the discretion of the teacher eg learning spelling or sight words, times-tables.
In addition we encourage:
- Daily physical exercise for all students to create healthy life habits.
- Home chores and/or community responsibilities, to be determined by each family.
- Spending quality time with family eg outings, playing board or card games.
More information can be found in our home learning brochure.
Useful websites and apps to use at home
At school we access the following web-based sites at times to support our students’ learning. Please log on if you wish to use these at home with your child(ren).
Please read the eSafety Commissioner website for advice to parents to help children be safe online.
Premier’s Reading Challenge – Rec to year 7
All students are expected to complete the Premier’s Reading Challenge every year. An extensive list of ’good fit’ books can be found on the website.
Reading Eggs – Rec to year 2
Students should know their logon and password.
Literacy Pro – years 3 to 7
This site allows students to answer questions about books they have read. Students should know their logon and password.
username: ascotpark password: read123
Learn touch typing
This is a game-based maths program where students have to answer a range of maths questions to progress through a quest type game challenge. Students can complete a placement test at the beginning of the game to assess their level.
This is an enormous site where teachers can set activities across many curriculum areas. Only part of the site is accessible for free. As students complete lessons they earn points. The site is not as user-friendly as it used to be and some of the free home access seems a bit limited. But you can always give it a try!
Quizlet makes simple learning tools that let you study anything. Start learning today with flashcards, games and learning tools — all for free!
This website provides language learning activities for children in different topics.
Kids Learn Mandarin (app)
A fun, educational game that will teach your child to speak, write and read over 200 Mandarin Chinese words. Kids Learn Mandarin Free includes the numbers lesson: 8 fun games, 1 movie, and 20 collectible stickers. Eleven additional Chinese lessons can be purchased separately or complete.
Chinese writer (app)
Learn how to write thousands of Chinese characters – it’s educational and entertaining! The app can test you on 7,600 simplified and traditional Chinese characters, and features stroke order diagrams, English explanations and high quality audio recordings for every possible pronunciation of each one.
LEARNING AT HOME
You don’t need to be an expert or educator to help your child to learn at home. The Department for Education has published 2 documents to help you support your child in learning at home as well as staying healthy and active:
Teachers at school have also been working hard to provide meaningful and relevant learning programs which have been communicated through ClassDojo, Google Classrooms and home learning packs. We have also developed a suggested daily timetable to help you provide clear structure and routine to your child’s day.
At school, students have been learning about interoception, which is our 8th sense. It can broadly be defined as our conscious perception of our internal body signals which let us know how to respond to human needs or relate to our emotional experiences. Interoception is the pre-requisite for self-regulation.
Interoception activities take less than 2 minutes to complete and they help your child to identify their body signals, recognise when their body signals change and act or respond to these body signals for their self-regulation. The booklet provided has a range of activities that you can complete with your child and the whole family. You can complete these activities throughout the day, some examples could be:
- Starting their day with an interoception activity
- Break time between online lessons/activities
- Going for a walk or a bike ride
- Shooting some hoops or kicking a ball
- Playing on a swing set
- Jumping on a trampoline
The great thing about interoception activities is that you can create your own with your child. It can be any activity that changes your child’s body state and while encouraging them to notice how their body feels. To find out more information about interoception, please visit the Department for Education’s Interoception web page. If you have any questions or need further support with implementing interoception activities with your child, please contact your child’s teacher.
Dr Paul Swan has developed a support page https://drpaulswan.com.au/teaching-at-home/ to help parents in finding quality numeracy activities. The school has also provided students with dice and playing cards which will give them the opportunity to engage in problem solving using mathematical thinking processes and skills. Cards games also give children the opportunity to develop social skills such as sharing and taking turns. Games and activities can be found in the following eBooks:
Primary Connections is an innovative science program developed by the Australian Academy of Science which is aligned with the Australian Curriculum. They have developed a range of educational activities designed to be used at home.
Each four-page resource features:
- A short description
- Notes guiding preparation and resourcing
- Suggested questions to support student inquiry
- Student task sheets (may be printed, photographed or photocopied and sent to teachers upon completion)
- Ideas to explore further
Please click here to access the resources.