How to help your child get the best out of homework

Father helping his son with study
Primary school 4-12 years

In primary school, particularly in the later years, your child may receive homework. Here are some ways you can help your child learn through their homework.

Each school has a different homework policy

Touch base with your child’s teacher or the school to find out what the homework policy is.

Homework in the early primary years

In the early primary years, homework is likely to focus on sight words and home reading. You can help your child with this by listening to them read and helping them with their pronunciation.

Homework in the upper-primary years

As your child’s schooling progresses, they may bring home projects and other homework to complete. Help your child organise a routine and schedule, so these projects are done on time and not left until the last minute.

Chat to the teacher

If your child is struggling with any part of their homework, encourage your child to ask their teacher for help at school. If you are concerned about the quantity or type of homework, arrange a meeting with your child’s teacher to discuss it.

Tips for helping your child with their homework:

  • Create a space away from distractions to read.
  • Talk to your child about the importance of time management and help them structure their time.
  • Help them with their studies, but do not do their work for them.
  • Encourage and praise them when they study productively.
  • If your child is worried that they are not on the right track with a project, encourage them to give a draft to their teacher prior to the project due date.

Last modified on Friday 28 April 2017 [1856|11271]

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