Homework at IST

Our school believes that learning occurs at all times and in all places. Homework encourages students to develop an understanding that learning is not limited to school time. We believe that homework assists students to experience success, by undertaking meaningful activities, reflecting on and managing their own learning.

Our students can expect that the homework tasks will support, enrich and develop their love of learning. They will be given sufficient time to complete tasks and guidelines for the assessment of homework tasks will be clear. Our students can expect that homework will provide opportunities to meet and extend their own learning styles whilst introducing them to other ways of learning.

Our students are actively involved in school and family life, which engages them in activities outside the school day. It is, however, expected that our students complete homework within the given timeframe. They are encouraged to ask permission for an extension from teachers if they are unable to fulfill this requirement.

Our teachers set homework that is achievable and meaningful. They provide tasks that support the learning that has, or will, occur in the classroom. Our teachers establish a fair homework program and will set dates and provide feedback, where appropriate.

Our parents actively share in the learning of their child by observing, discussing and monitoring their child’s homework. They can expect to receive communication from the teacher if homework is not regularly completed and they are encouraged to discuss any concerns they may have with the teachers.


Purpose of Homework

  • To develop a love of learning
  • To promote connections to and knowledge of the world around us
  • To promote responsibility, independence and lifelong learning
  • To develop study skills and work habits, including time management
  • To develop critical and creative thinking skills
  • To develop collaborative learning skills
  • To support class work
  • To process class work and to reflect on what was done and learned
  • To extend class work, including practice and development of skills
  • To prepare for future classes

Types of Homework

  • Independent reading (personal choice of text)
  • Class reading (assigned novels, articles)
  • Research (texts, internet, databases)
  • Worksheets
  • Extensions from group assignments
  • Repetition of skills (Chinese characters; problem solving; making of maps, charts, graphs and/or diagrams)
  • Journal writing (process journal, diary, developmental workbook, fitness journal)
  • Composition or essay writing
  • Paragraph writing
  • Creative writing
  • Data analysis
  • Answering questions
  • Current events
  • Areas of interaction reflection journal
  • Self and/or peer evaluation or editing
  • Application of technology skills
  • Marking self or peer work with a rubric
  • Review of class work or in preparation for texts, exams or quizzes
  • Lab report writing
  • Extended problem solving
  • Group work projects

Recommended Homework Time

The following table indicates the expected hours of homework per night. This is based on five nights of homework per week, with the expectation that weekend homework is part of this recommended time, not additional time.

Grade Recommended time per night Recommended time allowance per week
Reception/KG 1 0 0
KG 2 (Year 1) 15 minutes 1.25 hours
Gr 1-2 (Years 2-3) 15-30 minutes 1.25-2.5 hours
Gr 3 (Year 4) 30-45 minutes 2.5-3.45 hours
Gr 4 (Year 5) 45 minutes 3.45 hours
Gr 5 (Year 6) 45 minutes to 1 hour 3.45-5 hours
Gr 6 (Year 7) 1-1.6 hours 5-5.8 hours
Gr 7 (Year 8) 1.6 hours 8 hours
Gr 8 (Year 9) 1.6 hours 8 hours
Gr 9 (Year 10) 2.10 hours 10.75 hours
Gr 10 (Year 11) 2.2 hours 12.7 hours
Gr 11-12 (Years 12-13) 3 hours 15 hours