Latest Literacy resources for early years, KS1 and KS2

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Easter reading comprehensionNew!
A KS1 Easter reading comprehension using fact retrieval skills.  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Reading comprehension | Festivals and celebrations | Published: 23/04/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Information retrieval – non-fiction
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Informal email – proofreading taskNew!
A short proofreading task perfect as a starter activity. Includes  … read more
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Y4 Y5 Y6 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 23/04/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Basic punctuation
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Plan an opening ceremonyNew!
Get into the spirit of the World Cup championships by planning  … read more
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Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Sports | Published: 22/04/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Explanations | General
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ue digraph - phonics activitiesNew!
Three activities for children to apply their knowledge of the  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Published: 16/04/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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v - phonics worksheetNew!
Two activities for children to apply their knowledge of the v  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Published: 16/04/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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Year 2 writing matNew!
A handy table mat to remind children of the GPS standards during  … read more
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Y2 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 09/04/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Basic punctuation | Simple sentences | Word classes
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x - phonics activitiesNew!
Two activities for children to apply their knowledge of the x  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Published: 09/04/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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The Great Fire of London – guided reading New!
A three-way differentiated guided reading task based on the Great  … read more
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Y2 | Reading comprehension | Published: 09/04/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Stuarts | Information retrieval – non-fiction
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Persuasive writing - Little Red Riding HoodNew!
A biased newspaper report based on the story of Little Red Riding  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Writing composition | Published: 09/04/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Persuasive writing
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au - phonics bingoNew!
A bingo game for the phoneme au. Includes a sentence writing  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Published: 09/04/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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oi - phonics activitiesNew!
Two activities for children to apply their knowledge of the oi  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Published: 03/04/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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j - phonics activitiesNew!
Two activities for children to apply their knowledge of the j  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Published: 03/04/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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er - phonics gamesNew!
Two activities for children to apply their knowledge of the er  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Published: 03/04/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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ear - phonics gamesNew!
Two activities for children to apply their knowledge of the er  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Published: 03/04/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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Texts for teaching ShakespeareNew!
A set of selected texts ideal for teaching Shakespeare to children  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading word level | Reading comprehension | Writing composition | Published: 28/03/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Dictionary work | Different genres – mystery, ghost, fantasy | Fables | Inference and deduction | Poem based resources | Poetry - creating images | Poetry - exploring rhythm and rhyming | Word classes
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English SATs reading practice paperNew!
A reading practice SATs paper in the style of the national curriculum  … read more
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Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 26/03/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative | Information retrieval – non-fiction
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oe - phonics gamesNew!
Two activities for children to apply their knowledge of the oe  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Published: 26/03/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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The Fatal Fire - further activities
Three follow-up reading comprehensions based on Terry Deary's  … read more
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Y4 | Reading comprehension | Published: 19/03/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Romans | Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative
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Persuasive writing – rock festival
An engaging persuasive writing activity using the notion of a  … read more
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Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 19/03/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Persuasive writing
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aw – four in a row phonics game
A four in a row phonics game using a spinner. With a partner,  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Published: 19/03/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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The Highwayman – witness interview
A detective sheet to write and record questions and answers to  … read more
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Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 12/03/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Poems on a theme | Poetry - creating images | Recounts
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The Highwayman – eyewitness account
Children write an eyewitness account in role as one of the characters  … read more
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Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 12/03/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Poetry - creating images | Recounts
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Ebenezer Scrooge character description
Children read an extract taken from 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Reading word level | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 12/03/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens | Word classes | Word classes
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Tuesday – character interview
Working in role as a police officer, children interview key characters  … read more
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Y3 Y4  | Published: 05/03/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Tuesday by David Wiesner
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Synonym word mat
A table resource to help children choose better words. Suitable  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 05/03/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Synonyms and antonyms
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Nursery rhyme diary writing
A set of nursery rhymes with all the lines out of order. A fun  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 05/03/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Diaries
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ll words phonics spinner
Use this spinner to make words ending in ll. Includes a cut and  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Published: 05/03/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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Fronted adverbial word mat
A handy word mat for display or table use.  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 05/03/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Conjunctions and connectives
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ph phonics board game
A board game to encourage children to blend and segment words  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Published: 26/02/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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ou phonics search
An ou word hunt and a word search to encourage blending and  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Published: 26/02/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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ir - phonics board game
A board game for the phoneme, and grapheme, ir. Includes activities  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Published: 26/02/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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Comprehension pack for The Bear Under the Stairs by Helen Cooper
This is a guided reading pack for The Bear Under the Stairs by  … read more
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Y2 | Reading comprehension | Published: 26/02/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative
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Can you be persuaded? Question prompts
A handy set of questions to stimulate a response to a piece of  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 26/02/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Persuasive writing
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z phonics activities
A sorting game for the phase 5 phoneme, and grapheme, u-e. Includes  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Published: 19/02/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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u-e phonics game
A sorting game for the phoneme, and grapheme, u-e. Includes silly  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Published: 19/02/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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or phonics game
A sorting game for the phoneme, and grapheme, or. Includes silly  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Published: 19/02/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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air – phonics cut and stick
A segmenting and blending cut and stick activity for the phoneme  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Published: 19/02/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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Write a rainforest poem
Using an image of a rainforest children find words to use in  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading word level | Writing composition | Published: 12/02/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Poems on a theme | Poetry - creating images | Poetry - exploring rhythm and rhyming
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Figurative language – It's raining cats and dogs
Explore figurative language with this poetry resource based on  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading word level | Reading comprehension | Writing composition | Published: 12/02/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Poem based resources
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Story word cards - grammar games
A set of adjective, noun and verb cards for use in the accompanying  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 06/02/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Complex sentences | Verb tenses | Word classes
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Snowy mountain - fronted adverbials
Children highlight fronted adverbials, powerful verbs and a short  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Reading word level | Reading comprehension | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 05/02/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Complex sentences | Information retrieval – non-fiction | Word classes | Word classes
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Key stage 2 GPS practice paper
50 SATs style GPS questions to enable children to practise and  … read more
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Y6 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 05/02/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Basic punctuation | Complex punctuation | Conjunctions and connectives | Synonyms and antonyms | Verb tenses | Word classes
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Word classes - grammar game
A whole class game to develop knowledge of word classes and encourage  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 05/02/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Complex sentences | Conjunctions and connectives | Developing vocabulary | Word classes
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Tradespeople - matching activity
Match the job title with the job description. A second worksheet  … read more
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Y5 Published: 29/01/2018 | 
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The puncture - a quick reading comprehension
A short comprehension exercise which requires higher-order c  … read more
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Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 29/01/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative
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Beatrix Potter vocabulary quiz
A quiz to revise the rich vocabulary to be found in Beatrix Potter's  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 29/01/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Developing vocabulary
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Write a city poem
Using an image of a city, children find words to use in a poem  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Writing composition | Published: 15/01/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Poems on a theme | Poetry - creating images | Poetry - exploring rhythm and rhyming
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Write a beach poem
Using an image of a beach children find words to use in a poem  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading word level | Writing composition | Published: 15/01/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Poems on a theme | Poetry - creating images | Poetry - exploring rhythm and rhyming
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Rewrite – Victorian workhouse adventure
A literacy activity for children to improve a story by using  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Writing transcription | Writing composition | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 15/01/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Basic punctuation | Character description | Developing vocabulary | Different genres – mystery, ghost, fantasy
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Figurative writing – Harry Potter
A word search based on Harry Potter forms the stimulus for introducing  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Writing transcription | Writing composition | Published: 09/01/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Fables | Features of writing | Myths and legends
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Persuasive letter writing – fox hunting
An activity to teach persuasive writing through a debate on fox  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 09/01/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Arguments | Persuasive writing
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Using punctuation - Victorian schools
A punctuation challenge with a Victorian theme. Children need  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 09/01/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Basic punctuation | Complex punctuation
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Story openers
A set of story openers to use for writing prompts. Also includes  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Spoken language | Published: 09/01/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Drama and role play
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Lion Boy comprehension
A comprehension based on the book 'Lion Boy' by Zizou Corder.  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 19/12/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative
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Edit and improve your writing posters
A set of posters with an underground tube theme to help children  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammarPublished: 19/12/2017 | 
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Tuesday by David Wiesner – write a description of a setting
Children use their senses to write a description of the setting  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 | Writing composition | Published: 11/12/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Settings | Tuesday by David Wiesner
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Tuesday by David Wiesner – write a character description
Children learn to write a character description inspired by the  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 | Writing composition | Published: 11/12/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Character description | Tuesday by David Wiesner
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Adding extra information to sentences
This is a grammar activity on using commas for additional information.  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 11/12/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Complex punctuation
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Writing task based on My Presents by Rod Campbell
A set of resources and teaching notes based on 'My Presents'  … read more
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F Y1 | Writing composition | Published: 11/12/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | General
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The Tale of Tom Kitten – reading comprehension
A simple comprehension based on 'The Tale of Tom Kitten' by Beatrix  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Reading comprehension | Published: 04/12/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Beatrix Potter | Information retrieval – narrative
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