At St Teresa’s School during the last half of 2009 the effectiveness of homework was investigated. This included looking at the Ministry of Education’s 2003 “Quality Teachers for Diverse Students in Schooling – Best Evidence Synthesis” (which shows there is no link between homework and improved outcomes for learners in primary schools (pg 42, 43,2003)), John Hattie’s research (which shows that homework does not have a significant effect on pupil achievement in primary schools) and contact with other schools who have made changes in this area, especially Windsor School in Christchurch.
Reading and basic facts learning, when worked on at home, do however have an effect and these are our only compulsory homework. RE books may also be sent home throughout the year for the children to share with you.
St Teresa’s Homework Challenge was introduced in 2010 in place of homework. This is an optional challenge programme which takes into account the excellent work our children already do by participating in a wide range of out of school activities such as dance, music, sport.
In 2014 the Homework Challenge has been altered in response to parent feedback.
The Homework challenge is open to all Year 3-7 children. They are totally optional and will provide children with the opportunity to excel in PE and the outdoors, Academic Excellence, Excellence in the Arts, Service in School and Giving as well as including an RE aspect to reflect the special character of our school.
The programme is 80% or more home based, so parents are involved in the process and responsible for checking the progress of their child. The key to the success of the Homework Challenge is the doing of the challenge and the feeling of achievement that this creates. This year we will be giving children a chance to display their work in Term4.
The structure is as follows:
Year 3 Aubert
Year 4 Monaghan
Year 5 McCarrick
Year 6 Campbell
Year 7 Viard
Year 8 have a separate homework programme related to the Year 8 Leadership Certificate
The Challenge Awards have been designed to encourage and develop:
. Positive attitudes at school and at home
. The ability to set and work towards short and long term goals
. Partnership and participation
. Risk taking with respect and responsibility
. Integrity, innovation and inquiry
. Diversity and determination
. Personal best
. Physical well being
. Academic excellence
. Excellence in the Arts
. Positive work habits
This year Julie Hunt will be coordinating the Homework Challenge at school. This means she will be calling into each class regularly to check that the children are progressing with their Challenge, keep a record of their selections, help with their goals as necessary, set some deadlines and help with any problems that have arisen.
In addition parents can contact Julie with any queries on
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