Tairangi School Procedure Statement


Expectations (refer Teachers Handbook)

Homework (Refer Homework Procedures)

Homework is expected at every level of the school.

Nga Puti Puti – (5-15mins) Daily reading, maybe with some spelling, basic Maths and topic as appropriate for the age of the child on a daily basis.  Readers checked daily.

Te Kotahitanga

20-30 mins).  Y4-6 Daily Reading, spelling/vocabulary, Maths, Topic

30-45 mins).  Y7—8 Daily Reading, spelling/vocabulary, Maths, Topic

For Kotahitanga, homework is given out in the form of a worksheet on Mondays and handed in on Fridays for marking.

All homework tasks must be relevant to the classroom programme and specially designed for the needs of the children.  Tasks should be challenging but within the child’s capabilities.  Do not use generic homework sheets designed by various publishers, these are a waste of time and are detrimental to student motivation. (It may be useful at times cutting and pasting relevant bits from such materials).

NB Keep the weekends free of homework.  We want to encourage children to do a little bit each day x 4 weekly.  Handing in on Fridays allows you time to provide written feedback and plan for next week.  Children who forget their homework on a Friday can have their work acknowledged the next week and recorded as late in the monitoring folder.

A record of homework completion should be kept in the monitoring folder.

Research (refer BES 2003) around the benefits of homework indicate that homework is beneficial to students learning if….

Homework can be detrimental when the work is

Homework can then become a source of conflict with the home and school which is not a healthy situation.

Non Completion

There are many reasons why homework is not being completed.

e.g. The work is too hard, boring, or time consuming (need to review the tasks). There may be home difficulties that do not support regular homework.  Lets not punish children further because of this.

We do not want to set up situations where children are “punished” for non-completion which in turn creates resentment.

We cannot enforce homework – we can only encourage and promote the benefits to the child and family.

What can we do?

Step 1, (after 1-2 misses)

Talk to the child

What’s the problem?

Remind them to hand it in next week.   Be encouraging, not threatening.

Step 2 (after 3-4 misses)

Contact the parent.  Have a chat about what is the problem.

How can you help?  Is it too hard?  (Sometimes parents have difficulty understanding it.  Be positive – what positive consequences can you use to help establish good routines.

Talk to syndicate leaders.

Can you make the homework more interesting or straightforward?

Lets make sure the child is achieving success and likes doing it.

Step 3 (after 5-6 misses)

Contact the parent again. Maybe this time it could be a letter inviting them to discuss the problem face to face. This gives the parent another opportunity to work with you to help the child.

If none of the above solve the problem continue to record what homework is completed.  Continue to encourage the child. How can you as the teacher make some changes to support completion?  E.g. The Library could be an option during lunchtimes for some parts of the HW.  Discuss again at parent-teacher interview and make comments on the written report.

It is not encouraged to “punish” children or have children “stay in” at break times on Friday to complete homework. That defeats the original purpose of homework which is.

Some ideas to encourage and reward children’s efforts could be……

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