English Faculty Homework Policy

Year 7

All students will complete six key homework tasks during the academic year. In English, homework is intended to build on, or consolidate work set in class. There will be additional homework, one per week. Pupils should aim to read for at least 20 minutes twice a week; the details should be recorded in their reading log. Pupils will be expected to take regular book quizzes on their reading on the Accelerated Reader Programme. In addition pupils may use the computer programs Lexia and Spell-zone, which can be accessed from a home computer.

Autumn 1
Informative writing – write a diary entry to record your thoughts and feelings about your first day/week at Shevington High School.
Autumn 2
Creative writing – write a description of a park at midnight.
Spring 1
Non-fiction texts – Persuasive writing – write the text for a radio advertisement to advertise a new cereal bar using persuasive language feature.
Spring 2
Spoken Language – write the text for a speech to be given to the class.
Summer 1
Shakespeare – Research in to the Globe Theatre and write a fact file
Summer 2
Poetry – write a poem on the theme of summer using carefully consider vocabulary for effect.

Year 8

All students will complete six key homework tasks during the academic year. In English, homework is intended to build on, or consolidate work set in class. There will be additional homework, one per week. Pupils should aim to read for at least 20 minutes twice a week; the details should be recorded in their reading log. Pupils will be expected to take regular book quizzes on their reading on the Accelerated Reader Programme. In addition pupils may use the computer programs Lexia and Spell-zone, which can be accessed from a home computer.

Autumn 1
The novel – write a diary entry from the point of view of a WW1 soldier
Autumn 2
Creative writing – Write a description of a place at different times of the day.
Spring 1
Non-fiction – persuasive writing. To write the text of a charity advert using persuasive writing techniques.
Spring 2
Spoken language – to write the text of a formal speech to the school council in which you try to persuade them to change one thing about the school.
Summer 1
Shakespeare and Modern play. To research into the background of the chosen text.
Summer 2
Poetry. To write a poem to be included in a class anthology on a given theme

Year 9

All students will complete six key homework tasks during the academic year in addition to their weekly homework. Homework in Year 9 English will be linked to getting ready for GCSE exams. This will include questions in the style of the new GCSE exams.

Autumn 1
Analyse a short section from the class novel and write about the presentation of a key character in the extract.
Autumn 2
Using the image that you have been given, write a description of the scene. Focus on using words creatively to create a visual image of the place in the picture.
Spring 1
Analyse the poem ‘Blackberry Picking.
Spring 2
Write your own poem about a childhood memory.
Summer 1
Write a character description of one of the characters from your Shakespearian play.
Summer 2
Write a story with the title ‘Lost’

Year 10

English homework in Year 10 will run alongside the planned class learning and will provide pupils with opportunities to develop and consolidate concepts and ideas introduced in class or to practice important skills. Homework will include some examination questions which pupils should try to attempt in timed conditions.

Homework 1: Write a detailed summary of the play ‘Blood Brothers.’ This should be in your own words.
Homework 2: Analysis of an Unseen Poem.

Autumn 1
1a – Tasks related to the ‘Modern Play’ controlled assessment.
1b – Preparation of notes for the ‘Modern Play’ controlled assessment.
Autumn 2
2a – Tasks related to the ‘Spoken English’ controlled assessment.
2b – Preparation of notes for the ‘Spoken English’ controlled assessment.
Spring 1
Preparation of notes for the ‘Spoken English’ controlled assessment.
Spring 2
2a – Tasks related to understanding the reading texts for the Unit 1 ‘English today’ reading task.
2b – Preparation of notes for the English Today controlled assessment.
Summer 1
1a – Tasks related to the reading of a Shakespearian play.
1b – Preparation of notes for the Shakespeare controlled assessment.
Summer 2
2a – Tasks related to the preparation of the ‘Writing for the Spoken Voice’ controlled assessment.
2b – Preparation of notes for the ‘Writing for the Spoken Voice’ controlled assessment

Year 11

English homework in Y11 will largely be preparation for the three written exams to be taken in May. Students should be encouraged to re-read their set books: Animal Farm and Of Mice and Men or related revision guides. There may be a small amount of homework relating to preparing for the final controlled assessment, but the majority of the work will be a crucial part of final exam preparation. Pupils should try to complete some of the tasks in timed conditions to help them prepare for the GCSE examination. The homework below is key homework that all pupils will complete. These will be in addition to the weekly homework set by the class teacher.

Autumn 1

1: Animal Farm extract question.

Autumn 2

Analyse how the language in the extract from Of Mice and Men influences the reader’s view of George. – Sample exam question.

Spring 1

Analysis of an unseen poem.

Spring 2

Write a letter to your Head teacher informing him about your views about the use of the y11 common room and how it could be improved.

Summer 1

A selection of sample exam questions and final revision. Attendance at afterschool revision classes in also advised.