Optional homework tasks


homeworkWestgarth’s homework policy was developed in consultation with parents/carers and staff. It was informed by research and aims to provide students and families with flexibility in selecting optional homework tasks on a needs basis.

 

Westgarth will provide optional fortnightly independent learning tasks in English and
Mathematics via this page of the website. This can be completed at
parental/carer discretion and is not required to be handed in for correction. Additional
homework, with the exception of students with specific learning needs, will not be
provided by the school.

 

Optional Homework Tasks
Term 2, 2021
Weeks 1 - 2

 

Weeks 3 - 4

 

Weeks 5 - 6

 


 

Optional Homework Tasks
Term 1, 2021

Weeks 1 - 2


Weeks 3 - 4


Weeks 5 - 6

 

Weeks 7 - 8

 

Weeks 9 - 10

 



There are a number of websites that we refer to when designing homework tasks for students.  Below is a list of a few that we recommend exploring further:

 

Mathletics  mathletics.com/au/

By blending intrinsic and extrinsic motivations and rewards, Mathletics keeps students engaged with maths. With fresh activities, challenges and regularly updated content, Mathletics always has something new to learn and fun to do for your child at home.  Students in years 3 - 6 at Westgarth have a free subscription to Mathletics so there is no cost to families!  Please see your child's classroom teacher if you are unable to source their username and password.  There is also an app available to download from the Apple and Google Play stores.

 

ABC Mathseeds  mathseeds.com.au

ABC Mathseeds revises the core maths and problem solving skills needed to be successful at school with fun, highly interactive and rewarding lessons.  The platform also combines structured lessons with fun motivational elements that keep children engaged and keen to learn.  Students in years prep - 2 at Westgarth have a free subscription to ABC Mathseeds so there is no cost to families!  Please see your child's classroom teacher if you are unable to source their username and password.

 

Nrich  https://nrich.maths.org/

Developed by the University of Cambridge, Nrich is an excellent resource that covers all areas of mathematics.  Tasks are often open-ended and there are many games, which assists in making learning fun.  Most activities are designed to be completed offline, making it a convenient way to complete tasks without relying on constant access to a device.

 

Literacy Zone  http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/literacy/

Among other things, this site is particularly useful for interactive tasks and games centred on language conventions; grammar, punctuation and spelling.

 

Audible  https://stories.audible.com/

Audio books are a fantastic way to strengthen comprehension, the ability to visualise, pronunciation of words and fluency.  In the lockdown periods of 2020, Audible provided families with the ability to stream books for free.  Please visit the site in the event of future lockdowns.  Audible currently offers a free trial period of 30 days, followed by a subscription fee of $16.45 mo.

DEtv  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8kLk_0uqDUsvHWYRPSnGHg?reload=9

Former Assistant Principal Donald Eddington created this YouTube Channel to build consistency with the mathematical language used by teachers and parents/carers.  His instructional videos are also a great reference when viewing the processes taught by teachers at Westgarth for solving maths problems.

FUSE  https://fuse.education.vic.gov.au/Pages/funathome

The Department of Education and Training has put together this suite of quality learning tasks, which are mostly self-directed, meaning children can complete them independently.  They are generally open-ended and can be interpreted by children of differing ages to suit their own capabilities/strengths.