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Homework – giving children ‘choice and voice’ in their learning

All students are encouraged to select a number of tasks from a homework grid that allows them 'choice and voice' in their completion of home tasks.  Whilst this homework format is flexible and is not considered mandatory, it is highly recommended that all students reinforce their learning in class with follow-up tasks at home. Each day, all children are expected to read at home and/or listen to reading by other family members. In order to provide a context for home tasks, all teachers provide a brief term overview at the beginning of each term, on the main themes or units of work planned for that term. Any concerns regarding the content or quantity of set home tasks should be discussed with the individual teacher.

Kindergarten to Year 2 home tasks should not exceed 20 minutes each week day and regularly involve aspects of: 

  • shared reading
  • silent and oral reading, including selected classroom literature
  • discussion between parents and children on class themes
  • encouragement of curiosity, observation and inventiveness through a variety of activities

Years 3 – 6 home tasks should not exceed 30 minutes each week day and regularly involve aspects of: 

  • shared reading
  • silent and oral reading, including selected classroom literature
  • discussion between parents and children on the class themes, and
  • parental encouragement of curiosity, observation and inventiveness through a variety of activities.

In addition, occasional projects which reinforce research skills would be expected.

Houses

Yarralumla Primary School has three school houses: McKell (red), Slim (yellow) and Menzies (blue). William John McKell and Sir William Slim were Governor-Generals of Australia. Robert Gordon Menzies was Australia's longest serving prime minister, keeping this position for seventeen years. All students are designated a school house for their time at Yarralumla. Students are encouraged to dress in house colours when participating in school sporting events where they earn points for their houses.