Homework for English
All students receive regular homework for English.
At the beginning of the year, students’ spellings abilities are assessed, and they then follow a structure programme to help develop their spelling skills.
Every week, students are given a set of spellings to practise and learn. They are encouraged to use the popular ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check’ method, but can use any strategy that they find works for them.
These learnt spellings are tested in a discrete lesson the following week.
As spellings become more advanced, students are also introduced to some of the simpler spelling rules.
See below for examples of differentiated weekly spelling sheets.
All students are expected to read every day as part of their homework. We recommend at least 15 minutes, but longer if possible. Reading material can be fiction or non-fiction and can take the form of a book, kindle or tablet, magazine, comic, daily newspaper, etc.
Reading helps students to practise and develop their essential literacy skills as well as learn more about the world around them.
Occasionally, homework may be given to students to help deepen their knowledge of a current topic.
For example, students may be asked to complete some simple research on an author or a topic while studying a particular book; they could be expected to practise a short presentation; or they might be asked to develop something they have been working on in class.
Other examples of English homework