Homework Policy

Holy Rosary Derby School sees homework as valuable to reinforce skills taught at school, however, also believe children need time to relax and recharge after a busy day at school. Therefore, time out to play and become involved in extra-curricular activities is seen as important in the development of a balanced, healthy and active lifestyle.

Here at Holy Rosary, we believe that homework is worthwhile because it has the potential to:

  • extend learning opportunities beyond the school environment.
  • develop, consolidate and reinforce skills and understandings presented in class.
  • give children an opportunity to develop and practise good organisational and time management skills across their years of schooling.

The school values and understands that family and special occasions may mean that homework is not always completed and that these are also important learning experiences. Parents are asked to send a note should homework be incomplete. Parents are reminded that:

  • Homework is the responsibility of the home.
  • Homework will be set from Monday to Thursday (This allows for students to organise their week).
  • Homework will be modified as necessary.
  • Teachers are available to answer questions from students about their homework from 8.00am – 8.15am each morning.
  • Homework will not be marked or corrected by the teacher, but reviewed and self-assessed in class with the teacher each Friday.
  • Homework will not be set for students who are away on holiday.

Homework Time Allocations:

We recommend the following times for each year level. They include plenty of opportunities to enjoy reading- to be read to, to read independently and to read to others.

Year GroupReadingEnglish and Maths
Pre-PrimaryMinimum 10 minutes10 minutes (2nd Semester)
Years 1 – 2Minimum 10 minutes10 minutes
Years 3 – 4Minimum 15 minutes20 minutes
Years 5 – 6Minimum 20 minutes30 minutes

How Parents/Guardians can support their child’s learning at home

  1. To support their child by being involved and understand their homework requirements.
  2. Read with and to your child regularly. Mix it up and make it fun!
  3. Providing an area where the child feels comfortable.
  4. To provide equipment – e.g. pencils, separate to what the child has at school.
  5. Keeping to the time limit and open communication. If it regularly takes too long – let the teacher know!