A.B. PATERSON COLLEGE
GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND

Prep to Year 9 Home Learning Procedure

Home learning is an integral and important part of learning for all College students. Home learning enhances student learning, improves achievement and develops students' study skills and as such is an essential part of the curriculum.

Home learning allows parents and guardians to be involved in students’ learning and keep them informed about what students are doing at school.

As such, the College views home learning as a vital part of a student’s learning experience, enhancing attainment and ensuring that strong foundations are laid for future learning.

We also recognise that for home learning to be effective it has to be stimulating and challenging whilst being supported through the teaching and learning occurring in the classroom.

Home learning will be differentiated to suit the learning needs of each child. Home learning is designed to complement what is being learned at school.  Within a blended learning environment, home learning might include watching an introductory video or doing some required reading to prepare for lessons the next day. It might be working through / reviewing some concepts that were taught in class.  It might be working on set tasks on Literacy Planet or an online Mathematics program.

Guidelines for Home Learning

Prep to Year 6

Home learning activities might include the following:

  • Literacy home learning (online or pencil and paper)
  • Mathematics home learning (online or pencil and paper)
  • Home reading and sight words
  • Prep – Year 2 levelled text for home learning
  • Year 3 students to be working on home-reading program via Bug Club, or Home Readers.
  • Years 4-6 will have home reading goals set from the Accelerated Reader Program.
  • Specialist subject teachers will sometimes set home learning.

Below are some approximate guidelines for our students.

Per night (4 nights per week) - no more than:

Prep – Year 1      15-20 minutes

Year 2-4                20-30 minutes

Year 5-6                30-40 minutes

Year 7 to Year 9

Home learning is set by each subject to encourage students to develop the skills, confidence, motivation and self-discipline needed to study effectively as independent and life-long learners.

It will also consolidate, reinforce and extend what students know, understand and can do in each of the subject areas.

Home learning activities might include the following:

  • Short or long answer questions or pieces of writing
  • Project based learning
  • Learning key vocabulary
  • Developing coursework
  • Making a model
  • Reading around the subject matter covered in a lesson
  • Report writing
  • Research
  • Revision
  • Simple experiments
  • Preparation for forthcoming learning e.g. excerpts from chapters, absorbing content in order to be ready to engage in class time
  • Design activities and problem solving

Typically, Years 7, 8 and 9 might expect 45-90 minutes of home learning per night, on average 15 minutes per subject from that day.