Homework Policy 

Home and school learning (homework) help students with their education by complementing and reinforcing classroom teaching, fostering lifelong learning and study habits, while providing opportunities for students to take responsibility for aspects of their own learning. Parent cooperation is essential in implementing a successful home learning program.


Glenferrie Primary School homework will support students in developing independent study habits. Teachers are charged with planning fun, relevant, interesting, and level appropriate homework, and marking it in a timely manner. The parent’s role is to support students with some tasks, help with time management, finding information, editing, and ensuring students meet set deadlines. If students are unsure about the requirements of a set task it is important they are encouraged to seek help and clarity from their teachers, whether it is about task expectations, time management and/or what equipment/resources they may need. Students have access to computers and printing at school, and teachers are available in the classroom, and via Compass and email, to support students in home learning. Teachers will be available from 8am to 4pm to respond to queries.


Throughout the year teachers assess students, and individual homework is assigned where necessary to support student learning. Teachers will contact parents if they intend to create home learning tasks targeting individual student need. The teacher will explain the task and reason to you through informal meetings, emails, or through the Compass platform.


Typically, students will have learned in the classroom what they need to know to complete the homework. However, there may be occasions when some parental support is necessary. It’s important that parents assist their children where appropriate, but avoid “doing” homework for them.


Homework in Prep


Prep students are encouraged to practise the high frequency sight words that will be sent home by teachers. Parents and students should spend time every night reading and sharing their take home books, and completing the relevant information in the reading logs.


Homework in Year 1/2


Weekly task to be recorded in Reading Journal

It is important that students read daily. Some students are now reading independently but we ask that all students read to an adult parent. Reading to an adult will assist comprehension, fluency, expression and expanding vocabulary. Teachers will support and monitor the level students are reading.



Teachers will provide all students with login details for Studyladder. Task are to be completed at home and during literacy blocks at school.


Individual homework

Examples of these task are:


Sight words

Spelling words

Journal writing

Maths tasks


Homework in Year 3/4


Homework tasks in Year 3 and 4 will include:


  • a writer’s notebook task, where students are encouraged to write small, creative writing pieces

  • daily reading for personal enjoyment, with reading recorded in a personal reading journal

  • inquiry based-homework to support learning in the classroom. This may include research, small learning tasks or activities.

  • individual homework based on student need


Homework in Year 5/6


Daily Reading

Students are expected to read for personal enjoyment every day.


Inquiry Learning

Students may be asked to research a topic, or prepare select course work based on topics that are already being taught in the classroom.



Tasks will be sent home to support and to show understanding of concepts already taught in class.


Individual homework based on student need

Some student specific tasks may be set to assist your child’s development.


Homework in Specialist Areas


Practising drawing, painting and other media or visiting galleries are wonderful ways to inspire ideas and foster creativity.  Bringing in artwork produced at home is always welcomed.



Students are encouraged to stay active, and practice skills learnt at school.




If you have an upcoming performance, practise your song at home with your parents.

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