Time flies... the first week of school has already come to an end, and I hope your children have come home with lots of good memories.
From next Friday, September 11th, students in Year 1 to 6 will receive homework. Teachers give two kinds of homework: daily homework and consolidation homework.
Daily homework consists mainly of daily reading and spelling, which can start a little later for younger students who have just started to learn how to read and write. Once students start receiving spelling lists, the teacher gives them a spelling test in class every week. Once the students start receiving reading books, please fill in and sign their reading logs.
Consolidation homework goes home on Fridays, and it is due the following Wednesday. It generally consists of English or English Support (ES) and Maths work that consolidates what studied in class during that week. Sometimes teachers can give Science homework, or a Social Studies project. Occasionally specialists will also send home some homework, like a drawing project, a sports research, or a song to memorize.
This week you will be receiving a paper edition of the Class News because we are in the process of setting up student email accounts; from next Friday, though, electronic copies only will be available for you to view on your child's Google site. If you experience difficulties accessing the site, please let your child's classroom teacher know immediately. It is important you check for updates every Friday since all communications regarding homework instructions and topics covered during the week will be published there.
In order for the teachers to be able to meet the students’ individual needs both in the classroom and at home, all new students in Year 4 to 6 have been sitting a Mathematics and English/ES assessments. Returning students who were receiving English Support last year have sat a First Language test in order to ascertain whether they are ready to exit the ES programme. Test results will be shared with you next week but, please contact me if you want to see the papers. If a student's English is still developing, we recommend they do not take up another language but that they receive Additional English Support during the Additional Languages hours.
I wish everyone a good relaxing weekend.
Deputy Principal (Primary School)