Literacy/English resources

These are links to support literacy and other aspects of English learning. The first set of links are suitable for all age groups. They are then split into different Year groups to help you find the right resources for your child.

Suitable for all ages

Literacy and Writing Resources

Words for Life is the National Literacy Trust’s website for parents. It has lots of fun activities, suggestions on things you can do together to support literacy and tips from top authors.

The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education have free resources, teaching plans and book recommendations including author videos and literacy activities.

Reading for Pleasure  Open University relaunches its website to provide activities, ideas and storytimes for all ages to get children reading at home.

Pobble 365 gives a picture every day which then has related literacy activities, such as story starters, questions, sentence and drawing challenges.

Cricksoft is an educational software for reading and writing that is particularly useful for learners who need additional help in this are when at school. They are currently providing free access to the software for children to use at home.

The British Library has an amazing collection of miniature books in their collection and now it is over to you, check out their page on how to make your own tiny book!

Make your own comics with these downloadable resources created by Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children's Books.

Poetry

Brilliant collection of free resources to support learning about poetry from the Children's Poetry Archive. Includes poems organised by theme, age group and searchable by poet, poem name or lyric. Includes interviews with poets, and audio clips of poems being read aloud.

The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education Poetryline website is an extensive bank of poems for children, poet performances and interviews as well as teaching resources.

Poetry for Kids has lots of funny poems for kids, classic children’s poems, games, poetry lessons and activities, plus a rhyming dictionary and videos.

The brilliant Michael Rosen can be enjoyed virtually through his channel on YouTube, with videos of him performing stories, poems and jokes. If you then want to do some learning activities around Michael’s poetry, then try the downloadable resources from Scholastic, TES and the BookTrust.

Nursery and Reception

Learn more about letters with the CBeebies Alphablocks.

Hungry Little Minds website has simple fun reading, playing and talking activities for little ones from newborn to age 5.

Salt by the Sea is an informative website from a specialist speech and language therapist that offers a free video blog that gives you activities and advice on how to support your child’s speech, language and communication skills.

Create your own story dice with this free download from Beanstalk. With pictures to colour in created by the wonderful illustrator Nick Sharratt you can use them to come up with your own imaginative stories.

Use the Book Trust’s playlists and downloads to create your own rhyme time fun for little ones. Sing along to favourites like Old MacDonald and get to know some brilliant new rhymes. A great way to develop speech and language skills

Lovereading4Kids has book-related activities from drawing along with illustrators to keeping records of plastic use via videos or downloads and book competitions.

The National Literacy Trust have free play activities for 3-5 year old's with videos and guidance on how to carry out activities and language to engage children.

Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2)

Resources from the BBC to support Key Stage 1 English learning

Create your own story dice with this free download from Beanstalk. With pictures to colour in created by the wonderful illustrator Nick Sharratt you can use them to come up with your own imaginative stories

Key Stage 2 (Year 3,4,5 and 6)

Resources from the BBC to support Key Stage 2 English learning.

This is a great collection of resources to help get your creative talents blooming. There are author writing tips, who to read next, Blue Peter Book Awards, story dice challenge, author chats, story challenge with Matt Haig, Cressida Cowell and more.

The Belgrade Theatre is streaming their panto until the end of January.

The brilliant award-winning author Kate DiCamillo (Tale of Despereaux. Because of Winn-Dixie) has made some videos to provide tips on writing your own stories including story prompts to help get you started.

Writer A.F. Harrold has created a fantastic poetry podcast where he reads a different one of his poems in each episode.

The Old Vic Theatre is releasing for free the award-winning stage production of Patrick Ness' A Monster Calls on YouTube.

Scholastic is inviting students to document their experiences living through the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a Living History Project.