Latest Literacy resources for early years, KS1 and KS2

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Success criteria for character descriptionsNew!
A resource to help teachers develop their children's sentence  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Writing composition | Published: 24/04/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Character description
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Success criteria for a persuasive advertNew!
A success criteria menu for self and peer assessment when writing  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 24/04/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Advertising | Persuasive writing
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Question wordsNew!
An activity for children struggling with the words who, what,  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 24/04/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Word classes
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Adverbs - word search and writing frameNew!
A set of activities based on adverbs for children to extend their  … read more
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Y3 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 24/04/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Developing vocabulary | Word classes
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Nelson Mandela – Biography and timeline cardsNew!
A biography of Nelson Mandela with a differentiated timeline  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Published: 20/04/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Famous people from the past | Information retrieval – non-fiction
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Emmeline Pankhurst - word mat and vocabulary cardsNew!
A word mat of key words based on the suffragette movement. Includes  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 20/04/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Famous people from the past | Developing vocabulary
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The Runaway Train – planning a new storyNew!
Children read and plan the key elements of 'The Runaway Train'  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 | Writing composition | Published: 18/04/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Benedict Blathwayt | Structuring plots and planning
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Spin and cover the soundNew!
A fun spinner game to help reception children recognise their  … read more
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F | Reading word level | Published: 18/04/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Phonics
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Year 6 GPS revision bookletNew!
A booklet to help Y6 children revise the terminology for grammar,  … read more
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Y6 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 18/04/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Complex punctuation | Complex sentences | Conjunctions and connectives | Verb tenses
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An Easter diaryNew!
The Easter story. A set of English activities for Easter including  … read more
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Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 12/04/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Diaries
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Buggy Night – writing activityNew!
A diary writing activity inspired by the short animation 'Buggy  … read more
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Y2 | Writing composition | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 10/04/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Basic punctuation | Diaries
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Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman Reading ComprehensionNew!
A written comprehension activity and a selection of guided reading  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Published: 10/04/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Mary Hoffman | Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative
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Newspaper comprehension – Shackleton sets sailNew!
A newspaper article about the launch of Shackleton's Endeavour  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Published: 03/04/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – non-fiction
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Reading at KS1
Whether you're preparing for SATs, or need daily guided reading  … read more
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Reading comprehension | Published: 30/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative | Information retrieval – non-fiction
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Unit 9 – Resource 6 – Cause and effect 2
A set of sentences for children to identify the cause and effect  … read more
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Reading comprehension | Published: 30/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative and featured in our teaching pack(s) Reading at KS1
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Unit 9 – Resource 1 – Cause and effect
A set of sentences for children to identify the cause and effect  … read more
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Reading comprehension | Published: 30/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative and featured in our teaching pack(s) Reading at KS1
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Unit 8 – Resource 4 – Zoo map
This zoo map PowerPoint presentation accompanies 'Unit 8 - Discussion'  … read more
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Reading comprehension | Published: 30/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – non-fiction and featured in our teaching pack(s) Reading at KS1
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Unit 7 – Resource 9 – Survival drama in the Andes
A non-fiction text based on a survival drama. This PowerPoint  … read more
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Reading comprehension | Published: 30/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – non-fiction and featured in our teaching pack(s) Reading at KS1
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Unit 7 – Resource 10 – Jane the Giant Killer
A story starter. This PowerPoint presentation accompanies 'Unit  … read more
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Reading comprehension | Published: 30/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative and featured in our teaching pack(s) Reading at KS1
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Unit 6 – Resource 2 – Stone soup: paragraph one
A template for sorting questions arising from reading Stone Soup.  … read more
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Reading comprehension | Published: 30/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative and featured in our teaching pack(s) Reading at KS1
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Unit 5 – Resource 5 – The Forgotten Princess: opening paragraph
The opening paragraph of the original story text, The Forgotten  … read more
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Reading comprehension | Published: 30/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative and featured in our teaching pack(s) Reading at KS1
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Unit 10 – Resource 4 – Preparing for role play
A set of questions to prepare children for a role-play based  … read more
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Spoken language | Reading comprehension | Published: 30/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Drama and role play | Inference and deduction  and featured in our teaching pack(s) Reading at KS1
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Unit 1 – Resource 1 – Rapping Rapunzel
An original story text. This PowerPoint presentation accompanies  … read more
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Reading comprehension | Published: 30/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative and featured in our teaching pack(s) Reading at KS1
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Goldilocks and the Three Bears – reading comprehension
A simple reading comprehension based on Goldilocks and The Three  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Reading comprehension | Published: 27/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Information retrieval – narrative
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Fact or opinion?
A selection of statements about Spain for children to cut out  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Writing composition | Published: 27/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Advertising | Inference and deduction | Persuasive writing
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Story writing prompt
A story opener to inspire an extended piece of writing. Includes  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 27/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Settings | Structuring plots and planning
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Spelling strategies
Lots of fantastic visual and kinaesthetic ideas to help children  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing transcription | Published: 27/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Spelling for beginners | Spelling for older learners
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Discovering leopards – a poetry activity
A poetry activity based on a traditional African poem whereby  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Writing composition | Published: 27/03/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Poems on a theme | Poetry - creating images
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The Runaway Train – joining simple sentences
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): Bookshelf | Books by Benedict Blathwayt | Inference and deduction | Simple sentences
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Writing a non-chronological report
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 quiz
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 quiz
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 activities
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 teller
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 comprehension
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 comprehension
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 agreement
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
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 phone
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 flashcards
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 revision
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 commands
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 power
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 poem
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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