Latest Literacy resources for KS1 and KS2


Rainforest myth and comprehensionNew!
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 comprehensionNew!
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 activitiesNew!
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 comprehensionNew!
Year 2 higher ability reading comprehension for 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)New!
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)New!
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)New!
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)New!
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)New!
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)New!
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)New!
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)New!
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)New!
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)New!
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 KS2New!
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)New!
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 | Newspapers | Non-chronological reports | Persuasive writing | Recounts | Teaching pack - Writing non-fiction Years 3 and 4
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The Reading wall of fortuneNew!
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 tipsNew!
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 cardsNew!
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 New!
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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Spelling words with the le ending
An activity sheet for teaching the spelling of words with an  … read more
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Y2 | Writing transcription | Published: 19/09/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Spelling for beginners
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Ordering - Roald Dahl's Jack and the Beanstalk
An ordering activity for Roald Dahl's poem of Jack and the beanstalk  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Published: 19/09/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Poem based resources
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How to vary sentence style
A step-by-step lesson on how to vary sentence style to write  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 19/09/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Complex sentences | Features of writing
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The Jolly Postman - checklist
Develop children’s knowledge and skills of how to locate information  … read more
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Y1 Y2  | Published: 14/09/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Allan and Janet Ahlberg
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The Jolly Postman - talking and writing activity pack
Inspire your children to write a question to their favourite  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Writing composition | Published: 14/09/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Allan and Janet Ahlberg
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The Jolly Postman - board game
A fun and imaginative fairy-tale based board game to help children  … read more
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Y1 Y2  | Published: 14/09/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Allan and Janet Ahlberg
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Personification
A PowerPoint warm-up introducing personification to a Y5 and  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 12/09/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Poetry - creating images
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Evaluating learning talk cards
For use at the end of lessons to help children to reflect on  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Spoken languagePublished: 12/09/2016 | 
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Initial sounds: m e h r o d
A match the picture to the sound activity for the initial sounds  … read more
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F | Reading word level | Published: 05/09/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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Pick the initial sound
Choose the correct initial sound. For each picture, children  … read more
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F | Reading word level | Published: 05/09/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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Initial sounds: k c v j w qu
A picture to sound matching resource for the initial sounds k  … read more
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F | Reading word level | Published: 05/09/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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Character Portrait - Florence Nightingale
Follow the steps to see how a character portrait is constructed.  … read more
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Y2 | Writing composition | Published: 31/08/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Character description
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Terry Pratchett Lesson Plans - Penguin Schools resource collections
Explore the elements of story writing through two of Terry Pratchett's  … read more
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Y3 Y4  | Published: 31/08/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Fantasy | Terry Pratchett
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The Great Fire Dogs - Penguin Schools resource collection
A set of activities to accompany Megan Rix’s wonderful book  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5  | Published: 25/08/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Fantasy
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Sorting nouns and verbs
This sorting activity of nouns and verbs is based on the story  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 25/08/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Word classes
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Initial sounds: f u b l d g
A picture to sound matching resource for the initial sounds f  … read more
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F | Reading word level | Published: 25/08/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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The Blackthorn Key - Penguin Schools resource collection
An engaging activity pack to accompany this gripping debut novel  … read more
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Y5 Y6  | Published: 16/08/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands | The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
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How to use 'a' and 'an'
A little rhyme to display on working walls to remind the children  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 10/08/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Word classes
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The right knight
A phonics activity with a 'knights in armour' theme to help children  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Published: 11/07/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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