The Literacy Trust

Visit the website below to access lots of reading activities you can do at home and links to useful websites.


Year 5/6 Writing

English Home Learning Week 1

Go to the bottom of the page to download the file 'The Game' 


Pie Corbett- Talk 4 Writing 

Every weekday Pie Corbett is broadcasting on RadioBlogging.net. It is a free, creative, interactive literacy show which he co-presents. It is aimed at KS2, though we have listeners as young as 5! Ideal for children at home!

Daily Live Utube Body Percussion Classes


The Literacy Company 

There are resources available for each year group on this website: https://www.theliteracycompany.co.uk/


Writing units 



For KS1 and EYFS children:

Learning to read at home with Read Write Inc. Phonics during School Closure


7 new YouTube Speed Sounds lessons every day on YouTube from Monday 20th April

From Monday 20th April, we are streaming 7 Speed Sounds lessons, including Word Time and Spelling, for children to watch at home every weekday on our YouTube channel.

Each lesson is ten to fifteen minutes long and available for 24 hours.

Set 1

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds 9.30 am (BST)
  • Set 1 Word Time 9.45 am
  • Set 1 Spelling 10.00 am
Set 2
  • Set 2 Speed Sounds and Word Time 10.00 am
  • Set 2 Spelling 10.15 am
Set 3
  • Set 3 Speed Sounds and Word Time 10.30 am
  • Set 3 Spelling 10.45 am

Once each complete set has been shown, we will replay one sound a day per set.

Click here for our YouTube Speed Sounds Lessons schedule


Storytime with Nick

From Monday 20th April, we are releasing Storytime with Nick; films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor, teacher and trainer and a wonderful storyteller. See him in action here.
A new story will be added to our YouTube channel at 2pm on MondayWednesday and Friday each week. They are ideal for Nursery, Reception and KS1 children.

Storytime includes books by Tom Percival, Cressida Cowell, David Melling, Jeanne Willis, Judith Kerr, Oliver Jeffers and David Walliams.

Most films will be available for the period of school closure.

Updated School Portal

We have updated our School Portal to make finding resources easier. There are now separate areas for films and documents. 

During the school closure period, there will be no ‘shelf’ for films.

New information will be added to the updates section.

Parent films

We have two new parent films available on our YouTube Channel:

  • Reading Set 3 Speed Sounds and words with your child
  • Introduction to daily Phonics lessons.
Please refer parents to our home reading page for information and parent resources.

Oxford Owl for Home resources

Activities and eBooks are available on Oxford Owl for Home, including:

·       72 eBooks

·       62 Speed Sounds Practice Sheets

·       8 Speedy Green Word slideshows

·       3 Speed Sounds slideshows

·       28 Ditty Sheets

·       My Set 1 and My Sets 2 and 3 Books as free eBooks.


Home reading hotline

From today, we have an email hotline for parents and carers helping children learning to read at home with Read Write Inc. Phonics. 

We will add this email address to our website and social media today.

Oxford Owl for Home from Oxford University Press

  • 72 free eBooks matched to Read Write Inc. Phonics Storybooks
  • 62 Speed Sounds practice sheets
  • 28 Ditty practice sheets
  • Parent information booklets
  • 8 Speedy Green Words slideshows

Resources will be on Oxford Owl for Home over the coming days and weeks.

Parents and carers will need to login to access eBooks.

PhonicsPlay are free to use during the crisis, children can login at home without a subscription using these details. See https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ for details

Username: march20 Password: home

Teach You Monster to Read App is currently *free* for a limited time – See more details here https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/blog Apple App - https://apple.co/2V92VL5 Google Play - https://bit.ly/2cohkeR Amazon Store - https://amzn.to/2PjLBiJ

Twinkl have created home learning and school closure packs, all free. https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/covid19-schoolclosures

David Walliams is releasing an audio story for the next 30 days. Please visit David Walliams website

Cambridge University Press - printable worksheets for different age groups


Talk for Writing Literacy Resources


      Weekly Bulletin for Parents, Carers and Teachers     

No 2: Spelling

‘Anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word obviously lacks imagination.’ ― Mark Twain


 This week’s bulletin from Literacy Counts is jam packed with spelling ideas for school and home.  Take a look below and bring a book to life with your children today.

  • Explore words using games and hands on activities so that spelling work is fun and interesting.
  • Multi-sensory approaches make for fun learning and can help your child to remember their spelling words.
  • The more your child can hear, see, and use a word, the more active it becomes in memory.
  • There are words on menus, street signs, film posters, and even t-shirts. Language is all around us and once children start to pay attention to what’s in their environment, they are more likely to pick up on correct spelling patterns from repeat exposure.
  • It is important to try and ensure learning in spelling is a positive experience to build self-esteem and confidence in this aspect of literacy.  Acknowledging that spelling can be very difficult for some children is really important.



Useful Reading Websites:
More advice and activities for parents:
Create wordsearches and puzzles by adding your spelling lists:
Spellings lists and conventions for each year group:
Interactive website to practice spelling and grammar:

Files to Download