This may be work that wasn’t finished in class time or it may be additional work your child has to complete outside school hours.
Where to start
- Whether your child will be given homework is a school-based decision and may vary between schools.
- Homework can be an important part of your child’s learning.
- You should talk to your child’s teacher if you are unsure about whether homework is a requirement at your child’s school.
- Find out whether your child will need to complete homework – this may change as they move through year levels and have different teachers.
- If your child receives homework, have a chat to them each night about whether they have homework to complete and encourage them to do their homework early.
- Get involved in your child’s education – you and your child will both benefit from this.
- Research shows that children do better at school when their parents are involved in their children’s education.
- Being involved in your child’s education adds to their school experience and sends a clear message that their education is important to you.
For your child
- If your child is worried or struggling with homework or classroom learning, talk to your child’s teacher as soon as you can so that things can be done to help.
- Encourage your child to just do their best – homework should not be worrying or stressful.
Tips for talking to your child about school
- Taking an active interest in your child’s day is a great way to understand what’s happening at school and how your child is feeling socially and academically.
- This can be as easy as asking ‘what did you learn at school today?’ or ‘how was your day?’
- Learning at home is also important – involving your child in day-to-day tasks and asking them to remember, contribute or make decisions can be a great way to show them how their learning in school will help them complete various tasks in life.
Where can I get more information?
- Talk to your child’s teacher or principal.