Latest Literacy resources for early years, KS1 and KS2

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Lewis Hamilton - biography and comprehensionNew!
A KS2 biographical comprehension based on the life of Lewis Hamilton,  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 26/03/2021 | From the resource collection(s): Information retrieval – non-fiction
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KS1 guide to full stopsNew!
A bright Powerpoint for year 1 that explains how to use a full  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 26/03/2021 | From the resource collection(s): Basic punctuation
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Types of nounsNew!
A PowerPoint presentation and accompanying worksheet for KS2  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 26/03/2021 | From the resource collection(s): Word classes
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Queen Victoria biography writing
Children plan and write a biography of Queen Victoria in this  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 15/03/2021 | From the resource collection(s): Biography and autobiography
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From a railway carriage - Robert Louis Stevenson
A lovely resource for years 5 and 6 based on Robert Louis Stevenson's  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 15/03/2021 | From the resource collection(s): Poem based resources
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Activities for World Poetry Day – upper KS2
Celebrate World Poetry Day by getting your year 4, 5 and 6 classes  … read more
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Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 19/02/2021 | From the resource collection(s): Poetry - exploring form
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Activities for World Poetry Day – KS1 & lower KS2
This set of three World Poetry Day-inspired activities from children's  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 | Writing composition | Published: 19/02/2021 | From the resource collection(s): Poetry - exploring form
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10 remote learning ideas to celebrate World Book Day
Encourage reading for pleasure with 10 remote teaching ideas,  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Festivals and celebrations | Published: 27/01/2021 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf
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Writing poetry about colours
An inspirational poetry-writing activity for KS1 on the theme  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Writing composition | Published: 27/01/2021 | From the resource collection(s): Poems on a theme
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10 ideas for World Book Day – KS2
10 simple ideas to help you and your class celebrate World Book  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Festivals and celebrations | Published: 27/01/2021 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf
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Using apostrophes for contractions
A GPS worksheet to help year 2 and year 3 children practise using  … read more
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Y2 Y3 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 27/01/2021 | From the resource collection(s): Basic punctuation
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Making connections
An enjoyable word connections activity for KS1 and LKS2. Children  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 | Reading word levelPublished: 22/12/2020 | 
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Writing a recipe poem on the seasons
A simple yet effective way to encourage creative writing in the  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 | Writing composition | Seasons | Published: 22/12/2020 | From the resource collection(s): Poems on a theme
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Christmas discussion questions - persuasive arguments
A persuasive writing task with a Christmas theme! Children choose  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 01/12/2020 | From the resource collection(s): Persuasive writing | Christmas
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Writing a character description
A descriptive writing activity based on the theme of teachers.  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 30/11/2020 | From the resource collection(s): Character description
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KS1 guide to exclamation marks
A PowerPoint introducing exclamation marks and showing examples  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 25/11/2020 | From the resource collection(s): Basic punctuation
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Eight ideas for planning home learning activities
This resource collects together useful sites to provide inspiration  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Computing | Published: 02/04/2020 | From the resource collection(s): Languages
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Writing cinquains
Inspire children to read and create their own cinquains with  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 03/01/2020 | From the resource collection(s): Poetry - exploring form
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Punctuating statements, exclamations and questions
Two differentiated worksheets to practise punctuating statements,  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 03/01/2020 | From the resource collection(s): Basic punctuation
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Christmas English activities
A collection of initial sounds, spelling, word jumbles and writing  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 Published: 02/12/2019 | 
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Apostrophes for possession
A differentiated worksheet to practise using apostrophes for  … read more
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Y2 Y3 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 02/12/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Basic punctuation
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KS1 guide to commas in a list
A powerpoint guide on how to use commas in a list. Ideal as an  … read more
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Y2 Y3 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 26/11/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Basic punctuation
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How to use apostrophes
A KS1 powerpoint on how to use apostrophes for contraction and  … read more
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Y2 Y3 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 12/11/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Basic punctuation
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Using commas in a list
Two differentiated worksheets to practise using commas in a list.  … read more
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Y2 Y3 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 11/11/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Basic punctuation
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How to use question marks
A PPT suitable for KS1 upwards introducing question marks and  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 11/11/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Basic punctuation
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Managing emotions
A three-part activity based on the topic of managing emotions  … read more
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Y1 Y2  | Published: 04/11/2019 | From the resource collection(s): All about me
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Did you wash my dirty clothes? – a poetry activity
A fun paired writing task based on the poem Did you wash your  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 | Writing composition | Published: 04/11/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Poems on a theme
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Roman technology
Children use the information in the PowerPoint on road construction  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Writing composition | Published: 30/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Romans | Instructions
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How did Rome begin?
The story of how Rome began based on the legend of Romulus and  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Published: 23/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Romans | Information retrieval – narrative
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The Roman army
Read through the non-fiction text about the Roman army and complete  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Published: 16/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Romans | Information retrieval – non-fiction
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Claudius' invasion
A comprehension based on Claudius' invasion of Britain. Read  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Published: 16/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Romans | Information retrieval – non-fiction
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A flying start to phonics
A flying start to phonics has been beautifully illustrated by  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Published: 16/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Phase 2 | Phase 3 | Phase 5 | Phonics schemes | Phonics
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The Tin Forest guided reading
A guided reading pack based on the book The Tin Forest by Helen  … read more
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Y2  | Published: 02/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Helen Ward
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Tim Berners-Lee biography and comprehension
A  biography and comprehension based on the life of Tim Berners-Lee,  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Computing | Reading comprehension | Published: 27/08/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Communication | Information retrieval – non-fiction
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A biography of Charles Macintosh
A differentiated biography and comprehension based on the life  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 | Reading comprehensionPublished: 19/08/2019 | 
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Andy Goldsworthy comprehension
A differentiated comprehension based on the artist Andy Goldsworthy.  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 12/08/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Sculpture | Techniques | Information retrieval – non-fiction
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Guided reading comprehension - Fox Friend by Michael Morpurgo
Two comprehension tasks with teaching notes and a teacher reading  … read more
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Y2 | Reading comprehension | Published: 05/08/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction
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Sculpture inspired creative writing
Use abstract sculpture as inspiration for imaginative writing.  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 23/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Transition | General
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Guided reading comprehension - The Last Wolf by Michael Morpurgo
Four comprehension tasks with teaching notes and a teacher reading  … read more
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Y3 | Reading comprehension | Published: 23/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative
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Rising Stars Read in to Writing: The Boy at the Back of the Class
Use these planning and teaching materials to explore the topic  … read more
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Y5 | Reading comprehension | Published: 23/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Rising Stars | Inference and deduction
Rising Stars
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Cracking Comprehension - Crime Solvers
Develop key reading comprehension skills with step-by-step teaching  … read more
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Y5 | Reading comprehension | Published: 23/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Rising Stars | Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative
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Rising Stars Achieve - Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
Help children achieve the expected standard with Achieve's three-step  … read more
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Y6 | Writing transcription | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 23/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Rising Stars | Complex punctuation | Complex sentences | Prefixes and suffixes
Rising Stars
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Rising Stars Reading Planet home guidance: Bengali version
Share this handy guide with parents/carers to support them in  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading comprehension | Published: 18/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Rising Stars | Reading Planet
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Making comparisons with Romeo and Juliet
Two pupil templates for children to compare Gnomeo and Juliet  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 15/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction
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Macbeth predictions
Children are asked to think about the actions and motives of  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 15/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Character description
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Drama techniques display
Drama techniques explained including useful prompts to aid discussion.  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Spoken language | Published: 08/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Drama and role play | Display | Behaviour management
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Romeo and Juliet - Prince Escalus's speech
A cloze procedure style activity based on Shakespeare's Romeo  … read more
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Y2 | Writing composition | Published: 08/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Arguments | Persuasive writing
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Past simple or past progressive?
A worksheet to consolidate understanding of the meaning, form  … read more
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Y2 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 03/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Verb tenses
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Modal verbs
A worksheet to consolidate learning on modal verbs.   … read more
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Y5 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammarPublished: 03/07/2019 | 
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Macbeth – a Scottish soldier's diary
Write a diary entry as a Scottish soldier following the initial  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 03/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Diaries
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I didn't do my homework because... writing guidance
A writing support sheet to accompany the resource 'I didn't do  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 | Writing composition | Published: 03/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Newspapers
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Macbeth letter
Success criteria for writing a letter from Macbeth to Lady Macbeth  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 | Writing composition | Published: 24/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Letter writing
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Retelling traditional tales
This resource guides children on how to rewrite a familiar tale,  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 24/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Traditional stories
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Weird Sisters similes and personification
A scaffolding resource for writing similes and using personification  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 17/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Character description | Features of writing
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Romeo and Juliet - a letter from Juliet
A cloze procedure activity based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Published: 17/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction
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Lady Macbeth's letter
A cloze procedure letter activity based on Shakespeare's Macbeth,  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 17/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Simple sentences | Word classes
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Newspaper report- I didn't do my homework because...
A newspaper article including a brief reading comprehension to  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 10/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Newspapers
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The Beast Within comprehension
An original narrative set in a primary school where a mysterious,  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 10/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative
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The Dragon Machine – create your own fantasy vehicle
Inspired by The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward, children design  … read more
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Y2  | Published: 03/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Helen Ward
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Relative clauses
A set of tasks on using relative clauses within the context of  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 28/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Complex sentences
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