Digital literacy tips & tricks: Using images to teach homophones

We’re looking at homophones, which is under the curriculum topic of transcription, and has its own objective.

Open the homophones image bank in KS1 spelling (there are four different image banks in this module). Either display or print off the images.

Tip: if you reduce your screen display size, usually top right corner of browser, you can view  all 14 images, and could print screen or use snipping tool to capture all of them, paste into word and print.


Discovery Education Espresso – Homophones image bank


  • Ask students to sort the word into pairs of homophones – depending on the ability of the students, you may want to show images only, getting them to write the words.
  • Ask students in pairs to annotate what happens to get from one word in the pair to the other. Their annotations should show that they have focussed on the differences.
  • To extend work on homophones, play the homophones quiz, maybe playing in groups to give each answer. Speed up the excitement with the homophones snap – use the speedometer at the side at your peril! The video on homophones could be used as consolidation. And the printable resource on correcting homophones is a great activity for the end of the topic, or to extend students.

Tip: If you don’t want to scroll through modules, you can access resources in other ways from the subject home page:

  1. By curriculum topic – a drop down at the top of the subject home page
  2. By curriculum objective – a button on the right of the subject home page
  3. Search – a search box at the top of the page



Open the plurals image bank . Start off using child and children to demonstrate the difference between singular and plural. Ask for a suggestion of things in the class to look at e.g. pencil writing their singular and plural.

  • Using the images from the plurals image bank, displayed or printed, ask students in pairs or small groups, to sort the words. Don’t give the criteria for sorting.
  • After 10 minutes, ask each group to sum up the categories they decided on. Agree together on ones that work for this set of words.
  • Give students another 10 minutes to rearrange their words according to agreed criteria, and see if they can add to the list.

I hope you click through to some of the resources above and enjoy exploring – next literacy post will be KS2. Please use the comments box below – we’d love to hear from you.

Find the featured resources:

Homophones image bank
KS1 > English > Spelling > Images > Homophones
Homophones quiz
KS1 > English > Spelling > Activities > Homophones quiz
Homophones snap
KS1 > English > Spelling > Activities > Homophones snap
Video on homophones
KS1 > English > Spelling > Videos > Homophones
Correcting homophones
KS1 > English > Spelling > Printable resources > Correcting homophones
Plurals image bank
KS1 > English > Spelling > Images > Plurals


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