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Homework

Homework for English

All students receive regular homework for English.

Spelling

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.

Reading

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.

GCSE English

As well as spellings, students following the GCSE English Language course in years 10 and 11 are given weekly homework to help them to develop their skills and writing accuracy. Tasks range from worksheets on grammar and punctuation to extended reading and writing tasks.

This English homework usually takes between 20 minutes to an hour (no longer). Students are also offered the opportunity to complete homework during lunchtime with support from their teacher or TA.

See below for examples of GCSE English homework.

Other homework

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.

See below for examples of other English homework.