Latest Literacy resources for early years, KS1 and KS2

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The Runaway Train – joining simple sentences New!
This is a fun activity based on 'The Runaway Train' by Benedict  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Reading comprehension | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 20/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Simple sentences
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Writing a non-chronological reportNew!
This resource provides a model text inspired by the character  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 20/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Roald Dahl | Non-chronological reports
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The BFG – book quizNew!
Challenge your class to recall key facts and events from The  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 20/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Roald Dahl | Inference and deduction
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James and the Giant Peach – book quizNew!
Challenge your class to recall key facts and events from James  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Published: 20/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Roald Dahl | Inference and deduction
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Room on the Broom reading comprehension and activitiesNew!
A selection of guided reading comprehension questions and activities  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Reading comprehension | Published: 13/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
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Build a sentence fortune tellerNew!
An interactive resource to help children to understand the parts  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 13/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Simple sentences | Word classes
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The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me – reading comprehensionNew!
Comprehension questions perfect for sharing as part of a whole  … read more
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Y2 | Reading comprehension | Published: 13/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Roald Dahl
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Up into space! reading comprehensionNew!
A simple reading comprehension for Y1 or lower Y2, using the  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Reading comprehension | Published: 06/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): High frequency/irregular words | Information retrieval – narrative
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Noun and verb agreementNew!
A worksheet to consolidate children's understanding of noun and  … read more
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Y2 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 06/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Verb tenses
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Rhyming words match up New!
A worksheet to encourage children to use their phonics knowledge  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Published: 06/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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Persuasive advert – marvellous mobile phoneNew!
A resource to help children identify both the features of a persuasive  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 06/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Advertising | Persuasive writing | Word classes
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CVC flashcardsNew!
A set of illustrated flash cards using Phase 2 phonics for children  … read more
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F | Reading word level | Published: 06/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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Year 6 grammar revisionNew!
A useful range of questions to help year 6 children revise their  … read more
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Y6 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammarPublished: 27/02/2017 | 
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Statements, questions, exclamations and commandsNew!
A resource to help children identify statements, questions, exclamations  … read more
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Y2 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 27/02/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Basic punctuation | Simple sentences
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Literacy light - increase your reading powerNew!
This resource is designed to encourage and reward all forms of  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading word level | Reading comprehensionPublished: 27/02/2017 | 
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Electricity list poemNew!
Create a list poem inspired by the topic electricity. Includes  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Physical processes | Published: 27/02/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Poems on a theme | Electricity
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The Smartest Giant in Town – reading comprehension and activities
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 space quiz - Penguin Schools resource
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
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 resource
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 - Penguin Schools resource
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 tips
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 poem
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 adjectives
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 flashcards
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 comprehension
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 comprehension
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 cards
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 colour
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 comprehension
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 storyboard
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 resource
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 seaside
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 creature
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 report
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)
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 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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