There is no formal weekly homework. The children will be given an iLearn@Home overview every term. This overview has example activities that your child may wish to do.
Blackwell is currently implementing a new spelling program, 'Words Their Way'. This program is based on word study for phonics, vocabulary and spelling. It helps students learn about the sounds, structure and meanings of words. Children may start to bring home 'word sorts' to practise. As the program caters for individual needs, there are many lists operating at the same time in each class.
The students are encouraged to read each night (15-20 minutes) and log their nights of reading in their personal log. Once they have recorded ten nights of reading, they need to return their log to the teacher to receive their reward of 10 000 points for their house. Each term there is a Home Reading Goal for the students to achieve. The goals are -
Term 1 - 40 sessions of reading
Term 2 - 50 sessions of reading
Term 3 - 50 sessions of reading
Term 4 - 50 sessions of reading
If students reach the Home Reading Goal they will receive a Home Reading Champ certificate
PLUS a bonus 50 000 points for their house.
Your child has a designated library time each week. Please encourage your child to borrow from our extensive library at this time. These books can be used in the classroom, at home and may contribute to the Premier's Reading Challenge, which your child can log through our links page.
A note outlining Speaking & Listening topics for the term has been sent home. Speaking and listening is an English content strand and these fortnightly talks are part of your child’s assessment. Please encourage your child to be prepared for their presentation.
The student's also have the opportunity to access World Book online. This is an incredible resource for students to utilise. The username is blackwell and the password is blackwell. This can also be accessed through our links page.