Home Reading Challenge
Pupils can enter our Home Reading Challenge every term. Pupils, with the support of their families, can read books at home and complete the Home Reading Challenge Form to show that they have finished a book

A book is completed when the pupil has read it and a comment has been made on the form. You can view/download a selection of example questions to ask the pupils after they have read a book, set at different levels. There is one set of questions for fiction books and one for factual texts.

Some books may be taken from school as Home Readers. These are placed on bookshelves in school and marked with a green sticker. However, pupils can read books they have at home too. Magazines, comics, internet reading and other types of text are equally acceptable as books themselves. At the end of term, dojo awards will be given to every pupil to have fully taken part in the challenge.

Any pupils wishing to enter can ask for a form from Mr Maguire or you can download it from the webpage. When the form is complete, the pupil is to hand it into Mr Maguire and start a new one.


The ‘Spelling Test Template’ can be used for any of the word lists that you can view/download from this page. You can read the words from this list and the pupils will write them down and try to spell them correctly. The test can then be marked and the pupils will then know what words they need to further work on.

High Frequency Words
The High Frequency word lists are a selection of the most used words in English and the words pupils should first learn when spelling.Click on links below to download High Frequency Words spelling resources.

Spelling Words List
The ‘Bank View Spelling Word Lists’ include 9 Phases of spelling lists and range from simple words to high levels words to cater for a wide variety of pupils’ spelling abilities.


At home, pupils can choose to write about many things. What is important is that they try to improve their writing by attempting to work to the best of their ability at the Stage they’re writing is at. At Bank View, we have marking systems for 4 Stages, which are available on this page for you to look at. Parents/carers and pupils can use these marking Stages at home to check what they should be aiming to include in their writing and to help them improve their writing by practicing these skills. Links to 4 Writing Stage Marking sheets are below.

If you wish to know your pupils’ writing Stage, contact the school or use the marking Stages to check for yourself. Homework can be handed to the pupils’ English teacher. If your pupil is working at a higher level than Stage 4, more advanced homework will be set.

Topics to write about

Homework For GCSE English


These three downloadable resources are to be used for pupils preparing for GCSE, but other pupils can try to use them if they want a challenge.


The first resource explains different types of literary techniques that are used by writers:


Resource 1


The other two resources are to be used with any written text as long as it is of a suitable level for GCSE. Pupils choose their own text and use it in order to complete the activity on the resource.


The second resource asks pupils to find different types of literary techniques in a written text and to write them onto a chart.

Rescource 2


The third resource asks pupils to do the same as they did in the second resource, but to also explain why the writer has chosen to use these literary techniques in their writing.

Resource 3