Home Learning

According to the CDNIS Homework Policy, students in Grade 6 should be doing their homework for about 60 minutes an evening (approximately 30 minutes for homeroom and 30 minutes for Chinese). This might differ between students as they work at different paces and may need to complete more or less, depending on what was completed in school that day. Instrument practice can count as homework. Home reading does not count as homework but students are expected to be reading 20-30 minutes a night.

As students are expected to be demonstrating increased independence and responsibility in their learning, they will use their school diary on a daily basis to record their homework and tasks.

Home Learning constitutes part of the school-home relationship in your child’s learning. Parents can assist in their child’s learning particularly through discussions about the school day, checking that diaries are being used effectively and in monitoring “independent learning”.

Unless students have been instructed otherwise the following is consistent each week:

Spelling & Sentence Composition

Students are required to work on their personal spelling lists each evening using the Look-Cover-Say-Write-Check method. They are required to check a dictionary, or their master list, to ensure they are spelling their words correctly and consistently. They are also required to use these words in sentences, not to define them, but to use them effectively. This is due each Friday. Each Friday, students will write a quiz on their personal lists, administered to them by their “spelling partners”.


Students will receive “word work” each Monday, which will need to be completed and submitted by Wednesday of each week.


Using the Writing Prompts tab, students will post a blog by Friday of each week. Students will submit the hard copy of their draft on Friday.

Mathematics Investigations

Students are expected to attempt a Mathematics Investigation once a week. If they have difficultly with the problem(s), they are expected to submit their “attempts” at answering the problems as well as questions they have for further inquiry. Working with adults at home is encouraged as a way of facilitating mathematical discussions. All work is to be submitted on Thursday. Students will be introduced to the problem(s) on Monday.

Independent Learning

Students will engage in learning activities such as those listed below (but can be modified). Students are encouraged to work on achieving their learning goals and working to demonstrate their understandings of a central idea and/or concepts. All home learning is to be recorded by the students in their Home Learning Journals, which will be submitted each Friday morning. Parents/Guardians only need to sign the Home Learning Journal each Thursday evening.

  • Reading and reflecting on a newspaper article/text/resources connected to our unit of inquiry
  • Watching and reflecting on a current event in the news
  • Review a website that we are using for our unit of inquiry or could use for our unit of inquiry
  • Find clips of speakers online discussing issues that are connected to our units
  • Watching and reflecting on Youtube clips (relevant to learning goals and/or units)
  • Practicing a Math skill using Kahn Academy, Mathletics or other resources
  • Independent inquiry/personal research on topics of personal interest
  • Practicing writing skills (which can include grammar and writing conventions)
  • Developing typing skills
  • Self-selected, but relevant to learning goals, units of inquiry or skills development
  • Practicing handwriting
  • Creating art connected to what is being learned in school
  • Reflecting in Process Journals

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