Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings. They also have different spellings. For example, there, their and they’re.


  • Egg shells with words written on
  • Egg box
  • Plastic hammer
  • Spoon
  • Wooden hammer


Ioan started off by explained his understanding of homophones.

He then put the words in to sentences, to show that he understood the meanings of the different homophones. If he did, Ioan smashed the corresponding eggs.

there / their / they’re

here / hear

quite / quiet

see / sea

Ioan tried swapping the plastic hammer for a spoon. He is much more gentle with the egg smashing than Finny, who has previously done an egg smash for adding 10s and 100s.

to / two / too

At the end of the video above, Finny overheard me say that Ioan was much more gentle at egg smashing than him. After I stopped the video, he came running in with a wooden hammer for Ioan to try instead. Finn was correct that this hammer would be easier to smash the eggs with.

bear / bare

one/ won

sun / son

where / wear

eye / I

blue / blew

DfES Outcomes for EYFS and National Curriculum (2013)

English Year 2 programme of study

Reading – word reading

  • Pupils should be taught to read further common exception words, noting unusual correspondences between spelling and sound and where these occur in the word.


  • It is important to know the difference in meaning between homophones. E.g. there/their/they’re, here/hear, quite/quiet, see/sea, bare/bear, one/won, sun/son, to/too/two, be/bee, blue/blew, night/knight.