This series of twelve creative, inspiring and interactive films from World Book Day have been created to inspire all students aged 5-12, whether they’re reluctant readers or aspiring authors and illustrators! Featuring a sensational line-up of authors and illustrators, including Cressida Cowell, Eoin Colfer, Matthew Syed, Francesca Simon, Matt Haig, Muhammad Khan and Katherine Rundell. Every film comes with free resources too!
This BBC site is used by teachers but it has lots of very useful resources and ideas that you could use at home. There are animated tales to watch, audio stories to listen to, fun punctuation and spelling videos as well as ‘Supermovers,’ which get children to learn by moving about a lot!
This BBC site is used by teachers but it has lots of very useful resources and ideas that you could use at home. There are animated tales to watch, audio stories to listen to, fun punctuation and spelling videos, including ‘Supermovers.’
Book Trust have now compiled all of their home learning resources into one part of their website. Here you will find links to quizzes and competitions, free online books, book themes-recipes, activities to print out and lots of author/illustrator-related fun! A brilliant one-stop shop.
Hamilton are providing free English teaching packs for each year group. The materials include lesson plans, text extracts and film clips, comprehension activities and stimuli for writing. There are currently two weeks’ worth of packs, with more to follow.
Researchify have six classic texts (Alice in Wonderland, The Wind in the Willows, The Railway Children, The Jungle Book, Peter Pan and Black Beauty) all available as PDF and Word files or as an audiobook.
Game Changers from the National Literacy Trust is a football-themed reading intervention for excluded Key Stage 3 students. Schools can sign up to receive the resources for free, print the workbooks and then send these out to families.
Mr Thorne is a UK teacher who publishes apps, YouTube videos and educational content to support reading. Mr T’s YouTube channel has over 600 videos teaching children (and parents!) how to read using phonics.
The Oxford Owl site is widely used in schools but the website has always had a separate section for parents and carers. This has been updated to now include numerous links to home learning ideas, helpfully separated into individual year groups. There are also additional resources to accompany the daily BBC Bitesize lessons.
The Letters and Sounds for School and Home YouTube channel, funded by the Department for Education, is releasing daily phonics lessons for children in Reception and Year 1. Presented by teachers, there are 12 weeks of lessons for the summer term to help children try to keep up with their learning.
This Website from OUP provides information about the content and structure of the check. It features a Word List Generator that enables you to create word lists tailor made to children’s phonics learning, as well as to generate example lists which reflect the style and content of the Year 1 phonics screening check.
Read your way around with world with The National Literacy Trust’s Reading Miles Global Challenge. Children are rewarded with 500 reading miles for every 10 minutes they spend reading, either alone or with someone at home. They collect these reading miles in their special reading passport on their very own reading world tour – a whopping 33,000 miles (or 11 hours) in total! The challenge is split into seven journeys, each of which finishes in a ‘checkpoint city’ and is perfect for engaging families with their children’s reading. Downloadable resources are available to support it too.
Reading Eggs Reading eggs supports each child’s learning by offering individual lessons. The online lessons allow your child to progress at their own rate, gradually building their reading confidence and rewarding them at every step of the way. There’s currently a free 30 day trial that parents can access. There’s a placement activity for each child, then appropriate books/questions/challenges are available to them.
The Teach Your Monster to Read website and app encourages children to teach their own ‘monster’ character early reading skills, from matching letters and sounds to short stories. Free to pay online and available through the APP (Apple, Google and Amazon).
Reading Well for children provides stories and advice to support children’s mental health and wellbeing. Books have been chosen and recommended by leading health professionals and co-produced with children and families.
The booklist is targeted at children in Key Stage 2 (aged 7-11), but includes titles aimed at a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers
This website from the National Literacy Trust is aimed at parents of 3-5 year olds. It provides a wealth of activities and ideas to support children at home. Some are related to going outdoors but there are lots of indoor activities and suggestions.
Neil Gaiman (author of the fantastic Coraline; The Graveyard Book; Odd and the Frost Giants and The Sleeper and the Spindle, to name just a few!) is reading a selection of his books and making them available via his website
Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown. This extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Katherine Rundell, Michael Morpurgo, Axel Scheffler, and Jacqueline Wilson. It’s completely free and can be read online.
Marquee.tv are offering a free 30 day trial, allowing you to access a host of previous productions from the RSC, National Theatre and the suchlike, along with behind the scenes interviews. A really good resource for any secondary students studying any of the available plays.