Latest Literacy resources for early years, KS1 and KS2

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Persuasive writing – which pet?New!
A persuasive writing task where children need to persuade a younger  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 16/10/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Arguments | Persuasive writing
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Non-chronological report - teeth comprehensionNew!
A non-chronological report about teeth and tooth problems with  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Life processes and living things | Published: 16/10/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Information retrieval – non-fiction | Human body
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Mayan creation myth reading comprehensionNew!
A retelling of the Mayan creation myth 'The Hero Twins' in which  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 16/10/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative
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Halloween poetryNew!
A lesson inspired by the poem 'On Halloween' by Aileen Fisher,  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Festivals and celebrations | Published: 16/10/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Poems on a theme | Poetry - creating images
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Coordinating and subordinating conjunctionsNew!
A starter or plenary activity to help children to sort coordinating  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 16/10/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Conjunctions and connectives
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The Hodgeheg – persuasive letterNew!
A persuasive letter writing task inspired by 'The Hodgeheg' by  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Writing composition | Published: 09/10/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Dick King Smith | Letter writing | Persuasive writing
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The Hodgeheg - writing instructions New!
Inspired by 'The Hodgeheg' by Dick King-Smith, children write  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Writing composition | Published: 09/10/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Dick King Smith | Instructions
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Healthy eating - reading comprehensionNew!
A reading comprehension about healthy eating. There are three  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Life processes and living things | Published: 09/10/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – non-fiction | Human body
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Dictionary detectivesNew!
Five tips for fun ways to use dictionaries.  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading word level | Reading comprehension | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 03/10/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Dictionary work
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The Troll by Julia Donaldson reading packNew!
A reading activity pack to accompany 'The Troll' by Julia Donaldson.  … read more
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Y2 Y3 | Reading comprehension | Published: 25/09/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Julia Donaldson | Information retrieval – narrative
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The history of Nintendo – a comprehensionNew!
A comprehension activity based on the history of Nintendo. Includes  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 25/09/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – non-fiction
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The Great Wave by Hokusai – poetry activitiesNew!
Art and poetry. Learn about a famous piece of art work through  … read more
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Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Writing composition | Published: 25/09/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Study of an artist | Information retrieval – non-fiction | Poetry - creating images
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Who am I? – a poetry activity
A PowerPoint to help children to explore the poem 'Who am I?'  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Writing composition | Published: 19/09/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Poem based resources
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Kodomo no hi festival comprehension and activity pack
A pack of activities based on Japan's Children's Day festival  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Reading word level | Reading comprehension | Writing composition | Published: 19/09/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Dictionary work | Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – non-fiction | Recounts
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Question poems
A poetry resource based on the traditional Irish poem 'The Blackbird  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Writing composition | Published: 11/09/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Poem based resources
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Going to a festival
A simple reading comprehension based on the Hay Festival in Wales.  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Writing composition | Festivals and celebrations | Published: 11/09/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Information retrieval – non-fiction | Non-chronological reports
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‘Mice’ by Rose Fyleman – comprehension activities
Comprehension and poetry writing activity based on the poem 'Mice'  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Writing composition | Published: 11/09/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Information retrieval – narrative | Poems on a theme
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Bingo - ai sound
A set of bingo game cards and words for the ai sound. Includes  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Writing transcription | Published: 04/09/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics | Spelling for beginners
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Embedded clauses – Japan
Children learn how to embed extra information into simple sentences  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 04/09/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Complex sentences
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Sea explorers comprehension
Two differentiated versions of a comprehension activity about  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 04/09/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Famous people from the past | Information retrieval – non-fiction
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Christmas persuasive writing
A persuasive writing exercised based on the debating topic: 'Christmas  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 29/08/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Persuasive writing | Christmas
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Go Fox by Helen Dunmore Reading Comprehension
A pack of comprehension questions based on reading assessment  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 | Reading comprehension | Published: 29/08/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative
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Wonder – Penguin Schools resource collection
Inspire your class to CHOOSE KIND with this thought-provoking  … read more
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Y5 Y6  | Published: 23/08/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by R.J.Palacio | Getting on and falling out
Penguin schools
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Goram and Ghyston – using embedded clauses
Children can use this resource to help them to use relative clauses  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 21/08/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Complex punctuation | Complex sentences
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Goram and Ghyston - reading comprehension
A retelling of the traditional story of the Bristol Giants, Goram  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 | Reading comprehension | Published: 21/08/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative
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Oxford Primary Dictionary: know your ABC! Challenge 1
An alphabetical order challenge. Part of the Oxford University  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 21/08/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Oxford Dictionaries | Oxford University Press | Dictionary work
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What is in your Oxford dictionary?
An activity to encourage children to focus on the features of  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 21/08/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Oxford Dictionaries | Oxford University Press | Dictionary work
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Oxford First Thesaurus: finding your way: challenge 1
A labelling activity to help children learn the features of a  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading comprehension | Published: 21/08/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Oxford Dictionaries | Oxford University Press | Dictionary work
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Goram and Ghyston - asking questions
A question writing task on the book Goram and Ghyston, The Bristol  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 | Writing composition | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 21/08/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Basic punctuation | Traditional stories
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Oxford Junior Dictionary: getting started: challenge 1
A labelling activity for lower KS2 to help children learn the  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Published: 21/08/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Oxford Dictionaries | Oxford University Press | Dictionary work
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Oxford First Dictionary: finding your way: challenge 1
A labelling activity to help children learn the features of a  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading comprehension | Published: 21/08/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Dictionary work
Oxford University Press
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The Iron Man – reading comprehension
A SATs style reading comprehension based on chapter 5 of The  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Published: 21/08/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative | The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
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The Chronicles of Harris Burdick - A Strange Day in July - comprehension
These questions are for a book group activity on the story A  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 14/08/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative
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Oxford First Dictionary: putting things in order: challenge 2
An alphabetical order challenge. Part of the Oxford University  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading comprehension | Published: 09/08/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Oxford Dictionaries | Oxford University Press | Dictionary work
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The Chronicles of Harris Burdick - Under The Rug - comprehension
These questions are for a book group activity on the story Under  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 07/08/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative
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Japan – fact or opinion?
Children read through the sentences about Japan and decide which  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 31/07/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Places around the world | Persuasive writing
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KS2 summer reading challenge
A fun reading challenge to encourage your children to read widely  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 31/07/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf
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Please mum! – writing an argument
A persuasive writing task to support children in writing an argument.  … read more
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Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 31/07/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Arguments | Persuasive writing
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End of term activities
A range of inspiring ideas for end of term projects which can  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Spoken language | Published: 24/07/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Photography | Study of an artist | Designing and making | Presentations
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Charlotte's Web – Wilbur character profile
A character profile sheet to explore the character of Wilbur  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5  | Published: 24/07/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
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The myth of Bastet – a play script
A playscript based on the ancient Egyptian myth of Bastet and  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6  | Published: 17/07/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Ancient Egypt
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The Romans – a newspaper comprehension
A reading comprehension based on the growing conflict between  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Published: 17/07/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Romans | Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – non-fiction
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Healthy eating – grammar warm-ups
This PowerPoint contains four lesson starters: expanded noun  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Life processes and living thingsPublished: 10/07/2017 | 
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Explanation text - how are fossils formed?
This is an explanation text about how fossils are formed and  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Materials | Published: 10/07/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Information retrieval – non-fiction | Rocks
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Ancient Egyptians and Bastet the goddess of cats
A comprehension activity linked to the Ancient Egyptians about  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Published: 10/07/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Ancient Egypt | Information retrieval – non-fiction
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St Andrew's Day comprehension
A reading comprehension exercise and a word fishing game to help  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Festivals and celebrations | Published: 03/07/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Information retrieval – non-fiction
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Demolition Dad - reading quiz
A post reading PowerPoint quiz based on the book 'Demolition  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 | Reading comprehension | Published: 27/06/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Phil Earle | Information retrieval – narrative
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Recommend a book
A form for children to use for recommending books to others in  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6  | Published: 26/06/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Reading records
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The Giggler Treatment – guided reading pack
A guided reading response pack for children to work on independently  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 | Reading comprehension | Published: 19/06/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Roddy Doyle
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The Tin Forest – discussion prompts and guided reading questions
A set of prompts and questions to be used when reading 'The Tin  … read more
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Y2 | Reading comprehension | Published: 12/06/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Helen Ward | Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative
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The Dragon Machine – vocabulary
A vocabulary exercise based on Helen Ward's 'The Dragon Machine'.  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Reading comprehension | Published: 12/06/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Dictionary work | Inference and deduction
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The Dragon Machine – inference and prediction
A worksheet to promote inference and prediction based on the  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Reading comprehension | Published: 12/06/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Helen Ward | Inference and deduction
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Comparing two openings – The Tin Forest and The Dragon Machine
A resource for guided reading based on Helen Ward's 'The Tin  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Reading comprehension | Published: 08/06/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Information retrieval – narrative
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Healthy eating comprehension
A differentiated comprehension activity on eating a healthy,  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Life processes and living things | Published: 08/06/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Information retrieval – non-fiction | Human body
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Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr
A set of activities based around Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr celebrations,  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Published: 06/06/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Information retrieval – non-fiction
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Flying Fergus Summer Challenge - Parent's pack
These notes give parents a quick and easy summary of the Flying  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6  | Published: 06/06/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Piccadilly Press | Bookshelf
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Flying Fergus Summer Challenge - Children's pack
Full of fun and adventure, this Summer Pack for Kids is all your  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6  | Published: 06/06/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Piccadilly Press | Bookshelf
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Five tips for Outdoor learning
Five tips to support your outdoor teaching and learning. Ideas  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading word level | Geometry | Materials | Physical processes | Published: 06/06/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Designing and making | Phonics | Properties of shapes – symmetry
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Flying Fergus Summer Challenge - Teacher's pack
The Teachers’ Pack includes five lessons to be completed by the  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6  | Published: 01/06/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Piccadilly Press | Bookshelf
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Five tips for annual sporting events
A set of five tips for ideas to use with your class to mark sporting  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Spoken language | Sports | Published: 30/05/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Designing and making | Places around the world | Presentations | Olympics
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