Welcome to
St Saviour's Primary School Toowoomba



We should never underestimate the importance of everyday home life in generating pleasure, confidence and ongoing interest in learning. Indeed, some of the best 'homework' is to be found in:

  • Shared stories where Mum or Dad and children read to each other.
  • Watching a television show with the child/children and discussing it afterwards.
  • Private reading in bed before lights-out, as a family ritual.
  • Sharing computer activities with your child/children.
  • Family games, activities and hobbies.
  • Visits to the local library.
  • Visits to a variety of places of social, historic or natural interest.
  • Helping with various household tasks.
  • Lots and lots of conversation.
  • The kind of 'imaginative' play that comes naturally to children - especially in the early years.
  • Homework set by teachers at St Saviour’s Primary School is regarded as a worthwhile activity. Homework should be given high priority amongst the many things children do at school. It is not an optional extra. Teachers at SSPS have developed homework guidelines for each year level as set out below.

The school’s policy is that homework be given. It is suggested that homework has both a numeracy and literacy component. Homework may be modified according to the needs of the children.

Prep 10-15 mins per school night
Yrs 1 & 2 10-15 mins per school night
Yrs 3 & 4 15-30 mins per school night
Yrs 5 & 6 20-40 mins per school night

Normally teachers will outline their homework procedures at their Parent/Teacher information meeting held in February of each year. At other times parents should consult their child’s teacher in order to familiarise themselves with the procedure in each class. Parents are expected to support teachers in their supervision of homework.

Homework is expected to be completed appropriately and at a high standard.  Students who do not complete homework will be given an appropriate consequence eg. Complete homework during lunch break.

Parents are expected to write a note or contact the classroom teacher explaining why homework wasn’t completed.

All children at St Saviour’s Primary are given their homework on a Friday and then have until the following Thursday to return it to school.  There is a homework support group on Monday and Thursday during lunch time for those children who struggle to get their homework complete at home.

How does homework assist children to become better learners?

  • It enables them to consolidate what they have learnt at school, thus increasing the pupil's confidence and enjoyment of learning.
  • It allows for the fact that children learn and work at different rates and have different needs.
  • It gives parents opportunities to encourage, express approval, and in general, relate positively to their children.
  • It develops self-discipline by making reasonable demands and fostering long term habits of learning and planning.

How can parents help with homework?

Make homework time as pleasant as you can:

  • Praise rather than criticise.
  • Provide a pleasant work area i.e. quiet spot, desk, lamp.
  • Turn off the television and remove other obvious distractions.

A predictable routine can help. Having a limited time and a regular place makes things much easier.

Encourage the child to work efficiently, and don't allow him or her to work on and on when frustrated and tired. Let the class teacher know there has been a problem. Then you are actively helping, keep explanations as simple and practical as you can. Demonstrate, encourage and express satisfaction. If you find yourself becoming frustrated and the atmosphere becoming tense, stop giving 'assistance'.