Homework does more damage than good.

As an educator and a parent, I struggle to see the benefits of homework, particularly in primary school children. Our children are busier today than they were in decades gone by. There is a greater expectation on students in terms of the curriculum and many are involved in extra curricula activities after school. I find the idea of  imposing homework tasks on students, only adds stress to busy families.

If any type of work needs to be done at home, it should be beneficial to the individual student, and on a needs basis.

Here are some interesting articles / blogs on homework:

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/down-homework?platform=hootsuite

http://www.beyondthebeanstalk.com/2016/07/hasta-la-vista-homework.html

 

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The Australian Curriculum

The Australian curriculum represents creativity and imagination across most KLA’s both explicitly and implicitly. Like the NSW curriculum, refers to the skills of creative and imaginative behaviour.

                                                         Australian Curriculum
Explicitly Represented Implicitly Represented
English

The Australian Curriculum: English aims to ensure that students learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose. Students create a variety of imaginative, informative and persuasive texts including recounts, procedures, performances, literary retellings and poetry.

Maths

The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics aims to ensure that students are confident, creative users and communicators of mathematics, able to investigate, represent and interpret situations in their personal and work lives and as active citizens

The Australian Curriculum: Science aims to ensure that students develop an interest in science as a means of expanding their curiosity and willingness to explore, ask questions about and speculate on the changing world in which they live.

The Arts

The arts have the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging them to reach their creative and expressive potential. The five arts subjects in the Australian Curriculum provide opportunities for students to learn how to create, design, represent, communicate and share their imagined and conceptual ideas, emotions, observations and experiences.

 Technologies

The Australian Curriculum: Technologies ensures that all students benefit from learning about and working with traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies that shape the world in which we live. By applying their knowledge and practical skills and processes when using technologies and other resources to create innovative solutions, independently and collaboratively, they develop knowledge, understanding and skills to respond creatively to current and future needs.

Health & Physical Education

·         The Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (F–10) aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to enable students to acquire, apply and evaluate movement skills, concepts and strategies to respond confidently, competently and creatively in a variety of physical activity contexts and settings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science

·         The Australian Curriculum: Science aims to ensure that students develop an understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry and the ability to use a range of scientific inquiry methods, including questioning; planning and conducting experiments and investigations based on ethical principles; collecting and analysing data; evaluating results; and drawing critical, evidence-based conclusions.

·         An ability to solve problems and make informed, evidence-based decisions about current and future applications of science while taking into account ethical and social implications of decisions.