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Homework Policy

 

Foundation Phase

Homework assigned to Grades 1 and 2 children should not require more than 30 minutes to complete. Grade 3 children may need to spend slightly longer on their homework tasks.

To assist children in learning discipline and responsibility, parents are expected to check that all homework assignments are completed and that the reading record book or the homework diary is signed daily.

Grade 1   
Reading:   Complete reading assignments from their class readers each day. Reading from their selected “box books” provides additional reading practise.
Sight Words:   Review weekly list of sight words on a daily basis to assist in reading proficiency. Phonics: Revise weekly phonics words

Grade 2   
Mathematics: Complete revision exercises at least once a week.
Reading:   Complete daily reading assignment from their class readers. Reading from their selected “box books” provides additional reading practise.
Phonics:   Revise weekly phonics words.
Lees: Complete Lees twice a week.
Klanke: Revise klanke words weekly.

Grade 3   
Reading:   Children read from their class readers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Lees:   Children read from their Afrikaans class readers on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Spelling & Spel:   Spelling and spel lists should be revised on a daily basis and will be assessed weekly.
Oral/Research:   Children are required to prepare and practice for these oral presentations. (At least a week’s notice is given to the children.)
 

Intermediate and Senior Phase   

Every learner must have a homework diary and demonstrate responsibility for completing all assignments when they are due. Homework is an important aspect of the learner’s education. It consists of revision and consolidation of work previously done in class and should not be new or unfamiliar work. The homework diary is to be signed daiy.
Homework is rarely set over a weekend UNLESS the learner(s) or class has not demonstrated the required effort during the week or final lesson of the week.

Purpose of homework

  • To provide essential practice in strengthening necessary skills.
  • To allow revision and consolidation of work previously done in class.
  • To complete work explained and started in class.
  • To prepare the learner for the following day’s lesson (i.e., reading ahead in the content subjects).
  • To develop independent study habits, responsibility and self-discipline.
  • To prepare for tests.
  • To help the child develop time-management skills (i.e., to budget his/her time).
  • To bring the child into contact with out-of-school reference material.


Incomplete classwork or homework
If a learner does not keep up with the work in class, he/she will be required to complete it at home in addition to the set homework.
If homework is not completed, a note must be entered into the homework diary and learners must ensure that parents sign the entry.
If homework is repeatedly not completed (the number of times is left to the discretion of the educator), the learner may be sent to Detention and a meeting with the parent(s)/caregiver(s) will be initiated by the educator.
 

Grade 4
Learners can expect to receive approximately 40 minutes of homework per day consisting of any combination of the following:
Mathematics (20 minutes).
English, Afrikaans, Natural Science, Social Sciences (History, Geography), Life Skills (20 minutes).

Grade 5
Learners can expect to receive approximately 50 minutes of homework per day consisting of any combination of the following:
English and Mathematics (15 minutes each per day).
Afrikaans, Natural Science, Social Sciences (History, Geography), Life Skills (15 minutes each per week).

Grade 6
Learners can expect to receive approximately an hour of homework per day consisting of any combination of the following:
English and Mathematics (15 minutes each per day).
Afrikaans, Natural Science, Social Sciences (History, Geography), Life Skills (20 minutes each per week).

Grade 7
Learners can expect to receive approximately an hour of homework per day consisting of any combination of the following:
English and Mathematics (15 minutes each per day).
Afrikaans, Natural Science, Social Sciences (History, Geography), Life Orientation, Technology (20 minutes each per week).
 

Pre-test days
Usually no homework is given the day prior to a test being written, as this time is reserved for study and revision.
 

Projects and assignments
Learners are given detailed written instructions of what is required for all projects and assignments, of which the core of the work is done during class time (not at home). Educators provide guidance, and the rough draft should be completed in class. Only the final draft—neat and worthy of presentation—is expected to be done for homework.

 
Tips for parental assistance

  • Provide an area that is conducive to studying—one with adequate light and free of interference (e.g., a desk in the bedroom away from others, radio, TV, other distractions).
  • Assist in developing a routine for completing homework to avoid procrastination.
  • Provide encouragement to complete homework without nagging or extreme pressure.
  • Maintain an open-line of communication with the educator so that problems can be resolved early.
  • Help your child obtain the necessary reference materials, (e.g., help locate them in the home, provide necessary assistance on a computer/transportation to and from the public library).
  • Please do not do the work for your child. Parental assistance in certain aspects of the homework or project work is at times helpful, but nothing can replace knowledge gained though personal experience. Being challenged is part of the learning process and essential to developing good problem-solving skills, managing time, and learning to cope with stress.
  • Make an effort to check that your child has completed his/her homework. In so doing your child will understand the importance of the task.