Latest Literacy resources for KS1 and KS2

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The Smartest Giant in Town – reading comprehension and activitiesNew!
A selection of whole class or guided reading comprehension questions  … read more
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Y2 | Reading comprehension | Published: 20/02/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
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See You in the Cosmos, Carl Sagan space quiz - Penguin Schools resourceNew!
A space quiz based upon Jack Cheng's new novel, See You in the  … read more
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Y5 Y6  | Published: 17/02/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Jack Cheng | Jack Cheng | Science
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Penguin schools resourceNew!
Bring Willy Wonka’s world into your classroom with these splendiferous  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 16/02/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Roald Dahl | Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative | Roald Dahl | Citizenship
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George's Marvellous Medicine - Penguin schools resourceNew!
Get your class to create recipes for their own perilous potions  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 16/02/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Roald Dahl | Complex punctuation | Roald Dahl | Science | All about me | Citizenship | Getting on and falling out
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See You in the Cosmos, Carl Sagan - Penguin Schools resourceNew!
A teaching pack based upon Jack Cheng's new novel, See You in  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Spoken language | Working scientifically  | Published: 16/02/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Jack Cheng | Debates | Jack Cheng | Science
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Role play tipsNew!
Five tips to inspire role play in the classroom.  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Spoken language | Published: 14/02/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Drama and role play
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Jack and the Beanstalk – list poemNew!
A list poem inspired by Jack and the Beanstalk and the items  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 | Writing composition | Published: 13/02/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Poems on a theme
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Using adjectivesNew!
Two pages of fun activities to help children to explore, use  … read more
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Y2 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 13/02/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Word classes
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Satpin flashcardsNew!
A set of illustrated flash cards using the first six initial  … read more
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F | Reading word level | Published: 13/02/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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The dragon's eggs – a reading comprehensionNew!
A reading comprehension for use with children in years 1 and  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Reading comprehension | Published: 06/02/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative
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The Great Fire of London – reading comprehensionNew!
A simple reading comprehension based on the Great Fire of London.  … read more
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Y2 | Reading comprehension | Published: 06/02/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Stuarts | Information retrieval – non-fiction
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Sight words – word search and colouring cardsNew!
Two resources to reinforce sight words with Y2 children. Can  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 | Reading word level | Published: 06/02/2017 | From the resource collection(s): High frequency/irregular words
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Satpin – roll and colourNew!
An interactive resource to help children recognise the initial  … read more
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F | Reading word level | Published: 06/02/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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On the river – a reading comprehensionNew!
A reading comprehension for use with children in years 1 and  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Reading comprehension | Published: 30/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): High frequency/irregular words
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Blank storyboardNew!
An eight box storyboard template with space for pictures and  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 30/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Structuring plots and planning
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The Young Magicians - Penguin schools resourceNew!
A selection of appealing resources based on a new exciting class  … read more
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Y4 Y5 Y6  | Published: 25/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Mystery
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Writing a descriptive poem – the seasideNew!
A structured framework to help children write descriptive poems  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 | Writing composition | Published: 23/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Poems on a theme
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Using fronted adverbials to describe a creatureNew!
An imaginative resource to help children to use fronted adverbials  … read more
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Y4 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammarPublished: 23/01/2017 | 
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Polar bear non-chronological reportNew!
A non-chronological report about polar bears, which can be used  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Writing composition | Life processes and living things | Published: 23/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Non-chronological reports
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Rainforest myth and comprehension
A rainforest myth inspired by the Just So stories and accompanied  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 18/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative
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Night garden reading comprehension
This simple reading comprehension activity uses words from the  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Reading comprehension | Published: 18/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): High frequency/irregular words | Information retrieval – narrative
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The Gruffalo reading comprehension and activities
A selection of guided reading comprehension questions and activities  … read more
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Y1 Y2  | Published: 18/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
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The Gruffalo – reading comprehension
Year 2 higher ability reading comprehension based on The Gruffalo  … read more
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Y2 | Reading comprehension | Published: 18/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
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Persuasive writing (upper KS2)
A set of supporting activities to teach persuasive writing. This  … read more
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Writing composition | Published: 13/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Persuasive writing | Teaching pack - Writing non-fiction Years 5 and 6 and featured in our teaching pack(s) Writing non-fiction (upper KS2)
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Instructional writing (upper KS2)
A set of supporting activities to teach instructional writing.  … read more
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Writing composition | Published: 13/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Instructions | Teaching pack - Writing non-fiction Years 5 and 6 and featured in our teaching pack(s) Writing non-fiction (upper KS2)
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Explanatory writing (upper KS2)
A set of supporting activities to support the teaching of explanation  … read more
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Writing composition | Published: 13/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Explanations | Teaching pack - Writing non-fiction Years 5 and 6 and featured in our teaching pack(s) Writing non-fiction (upper KS2)
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Discussion texts (upper KS2)
A set of supporting activities to teach discussion texts. This  … read more
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Writing composition | Published: 13/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Arguments | Teaching pack - Writing non-fiction Years 5 and 6 and featured in our teaching pack(s) Writing non-fiction (upper KS2)
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Recounts – biographies (upper KS2)
A set of supporting activities to support the teaching of biographies.  … read more
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Writing composition | Published: 13/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Biography and autobiography | Teaching pack - Writing non-fiction Years 5 and 6 and featured in our teaching pack(s) Writing non-fiction (upper KS2)
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Persuasive writing (lower KS2)
A set of supporting activities to teach persuasive writing. This  … read more
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Writing composition | Published: 13/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Persuasive writing | Teaching pack - Writing non-fiction Years 3 and 4  and featured in our teaching pack(s) Writing non-fiction (lower KS2)
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Non-chronological reports (lower KS2)
A set of supporting activities to teach non-chronological reports.  … read more
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Writing composition | Published: 13/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Non-chronological reports | Teaching pack - Writing non-fiction Years 3 and 4  and featured in our teaching pack(s) Writing non-fiction (lower KS2)
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Recounts – newspapers (lower KS2)
A set of supporting activities for teaching newspapers. This  … read more
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Writing composition | Published: 13/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Newspapers | Teaching pack - Writing non-fiction Years 3 and 4  and featured in our teaching pack(s) Writing non-fiction (lower KS2)
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Instructional writing (lower KS2)
A set of supporting activities to teach instructional writing.  … read more
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Writing composition | Published: 13/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Instructions | Teaching pack - Writing non-fiction Years 3 and 4  and featured in our teaching pack(s) Writing non-fiction (lower KS2)
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Explanatory writing (lower KS2)
A set of supporting activities to teach explanatory writing including  … read more
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Writing composition | Published: 13/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Explanations | Teaching pack - Writing non-fiction Years 3 and 4  and featured in our teaching pack(s) Writing non-fiction (lower KS2)
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Writing non-fiction upper KS2
This pack consists of five comprehensive units, each comprising  … read more
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Writing composition | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 13/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Biography and autobiography | Explanations | Instructions | Non-chronological reports | Persuasive writing | Recounts | Teaching pack - Writing non-fiction Years 5 and 6
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Writing non-fiction (lower KS2)
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Writing composition | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 13/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Biography and autobiography | Explanations | Instructions | Newspapers | Non-chronological reports | Persuasive writing | Recounts | Teaching pack - Writing non-fiction Years 3 and 4
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The Reading wall of fortune
An interactive resource to add fun to reading time. Use with  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehensionPublished: 12/01/2017 | 
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Guided reading tips
Five quick ideas to help with guided reading sessions.  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 10/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative | Information retrieval – non-fiction
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Word class snap cards
A fun and interactive KS2 resource to allow revision of the different  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 05/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Word classes
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Story boxes - creating stories
This resource includes interactive ideas to help years 1 and  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Spoken language | Writing composition | Published: 05/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Structuring plots and planning
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Rhyming words - 'Twas the night before Christmas
A rhyme hunt and poetry writing task for KS1 based on the famous,  … read more
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Y2 | Writing composition | Published: 06/12/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Poems on a theme | Christmas
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Canal locks – then and now
A writing stimulus activity based on using photographs to encourage  … read more
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Writing composition | Published: 06/12/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Historical enquiry | General | Canals
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Five for Christmas
Five quick ideas to use with classes at Christmas.  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Spoken language | Published: 06/12/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Christmas
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Children in the coalmines - chopped up
A listening activity about the children who worked in the north  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Spoken language | Published: 30/11/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Historical enquiry | Victorians | Canals
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Charlie and the chocolate factory - writing frame
A writing activity based on Charlie and the chocolate factory.  … read more
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Y1 | Writing composition | Published: 30/11/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Roald Dahl
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Colour match – sounds
Children have to find the sounds to match the coloured circles  … read more
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F | Reading word level | Published: 22/11/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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The Three Gorges Dam
An activity to encourage children to articulate and justify arguments  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Spoken language | Writing composition | Published: 17/11/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Arguments | Debate
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Roll the sound
A phonics game for pairs or small groups. Children match the  … read more
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F | Reading word level | Published: 17/11/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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Which letter will win?
A handwriting challenge for pairs of children; spin the spinner  … read more
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F | Spoken languagePublished: 17/11/2016 | 
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Spot the adjectives
An adjective hunt challenge. Children have to highlight the adjectives  … read more
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Y2 Y3 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 08/11/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Word classes
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Making lists
A set of tips on how to tackle list writing. Includes an example  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 | Writing composition | Published: 08/11/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Features of writing | General | Poetry - exploring form
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Using newspapers
Five quick tips on how to use newspapers in the classroom.  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading word level | Reading comprehension | Published: 08/11/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Dictionary work | Information retrieval – non-fiction | Poem based resources
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The Fox and the Star - Penguin schools resource
A beautiful teaching pack to explore the world of The Fox and  … read more
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F Y1 Y2  | Published: 04/11/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Animals | Coralie Bickford-Smith | The Fox and the Star
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The Christmasaurus - Penguin schools resource
Forget everything you thought you knew about the North Pole...  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4  | Published: 01/11/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher | Fantasy | The Christmasaurus | Christmas
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Spelling - alphabetical order
An alphabetical ordering challenge for upper key stage 2. Includes  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Writing transcription | Published: 01/11/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Alphabet | Spelling for older learners
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European countries - alphabetical order
Check children's knowledge of alphabetical order with this sorting  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading word level | Published: 01/11/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Places around the world
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Words with a -ssion suffix
A matching task to help children spell words with a ssion suffix.  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Writing transcription | Published: 26/10/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Spelling for older learners
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Dear Mum - poetry comprehension
A comprehension activity based on the poem 'Dear Mum' by Brian  … read more
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Y4 Y5 | Reading comprehension | Published: 26/10/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Poem based resources
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Using the semi-colon in longer lists
This PowerPoint and worksheet helps children to use semi-colons  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 03/10/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Complex punctuation
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The Great Paper Caper - a class debate
A set of task cards for a debate around the guilt of Bear in  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Spoken language | Published: 26/09/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Oliver Jeffers
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Weslandia project - create your own civilisation
A set of prompts for a project based on the book 'Weslandia'  … read more
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Y5 Y6  | Published: 26/09/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Weslandia by Paul Fleischman
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