Curriculum Connections

HOMEWORK REMINDER – Please support your child to complete their weekly homework.

As I am sure you are all aware our students re-started homework last week. Homework at St John’s is set to allow students to revise concepts learnt in class and to practise and consolidate fundamental skills such as: sight words, reading and mathematical concepts.

As teachers and school staff we certainly understand that homework can at times add to the busyness for many families. At our school this is why we have chosen that homework is handed in on Monday mornings – this allows families some flexibility as to when they complete their 4 nights of expected homework. Families may choose 4 weeknights, or 2 weeknights and 2 days over the weekend.

Below are some simple ideas that are proven to assist students with homework organisation.

Set up a Homework Station

  • away from noise and distraction
  • has comfortable seating
  • good lighting
  • offers enough room to spread out

Provide the Right Supplies

  • pencils
  • paper
  • scissors
  • ruler

Teach Time Management Skills

Have a set time for completing homework each day – before play, before dinner, away from distractions – a solid routine your child can count on.

If your child is still having trouble concentrating on their homework, try setting a timer – ask your child to work for small chunks at a time, taking a short break between sessions.

Talk About the Homework with Your Child

Be sure to read through your child’s homework with them at the start of the week and ensure they understand exactly what needs to be completed each session.

Sit with your child and go over the work they have completed – children easily forget parts of work and it’s our job as parents to help them to check carefully.

If you are struggling with any aspect of homework with your child, please speak to your child’s classroom teacher for advice.

Happy Homework!

Jocelyn Bakker

Director of Teaching and Learning