English: Extending learning in the classroom

Ensure each of your students achieves their full potenital with these hand-picked extension activities and lesson ideas for English

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Thoughtful guidance and top resources to help you to stretch and challenge more confident learners

With the exams not quite yet looming, now is as good a time as any to ensure that you are getting the most out of each of your students. Whether you’re getting them to think more critically or to increase the depth of their understanding of a particular text, then look no further than this selection of extension tasks and thought-provoking lesson ideas.

General resources

Get started with this collection of informative guides, outlining top tips and ideas for engaging more-able learners in English lessons.

Inside the classroom, these creative plenary tasks are ideal for encouraging pupils to think about their learning in a different way, while these extension activities, invitingly packaged as dares, develop a variety of English-based skills.

Make use of a spare display board by getting early finishers to intertwine keywords using these Scrabble-style letter tiles.

Specific lesson ideas

Challenge pupils studying Romeo and Juliet to extend their understanding of key events and characters with this list of themed activities. Or, inspire A-level learners to think more deeply about any of Shakespeare’s major plays by exploring this series of lectures by Dr Emma Smith at the University of Oxford.

If you’ve got a bit more time on your hands, develop more-able GCSE students’ writing and analytical skills with this short unit, utilising a mix of both contemporary and classic literature. Alternatively, extend pupils’ thinking while studying any play using these differentiated menu boards*, which offer a range of activities for contextualising the drama.

For something completely different, introduce the idea of comedy writing into your classroom with this comprehensive resource pack, including details of a Red Nose Day-inspired competition.

Quick links

General resources Specific lesson ideas
Informative guides Romeo and Juliet activities
Creative plenary tasks Shakespeare lectures for A-level
Dare board extension activities Analytical writing unit
Scrabble-style letter tiles Drama-themed menu boards*
  Comedy writing pack

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