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Literacy Teaching Resources

Below are free literacy teaching resources for teachers in UK schools to help you save time spent on lesson planning for Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4. Primary or secondary school literacy teachers may find these websites useful for developing their own English lesson plans or for signposting their pupils to innovative online content.

Key Stage 1

Learn the English Alphabet on interactive Flash pages of the NGfL site. Pupils can see the letters and listen to how they are pronounced to help improve knowledge of the alphabet.

The CVC Words Practise Consonant - Vowel - Consonant or CVC words with the BBC website. These phonic knowledge exercises can assist with the National Literacy Strategy Framework's Year 1 Term 1 objectives.

Look, Say, Cover, Type and Check or LSCTC Spelling Tests from Crickweb. LSCTC is a fun, interactive way for kids to practise spellings with flash cards.

The Consonant Spelling Game 'Cluster Buster' is another fun game that kids can use to practise consonants. Resources like this can help pupils to improve their English language skills without noticing!

The PBS Kids site has a Blending Words Game that asks kids to choose letters and mix them together to make words.

Key Stage 2

SpellAnywhere offers online spelling tests that can be integrated into school websites. They can be used as additional materials for teachers or by pupils for independent learning.

The Hemscott site includes printable spelling worksheets that can be used as additional teaching materials, for parents to assist their children, or for adults who wish to improve their English skills.

Learn about plurals on the BBC Skillswise section for literacy.

Quia has a section for compound words - ie words that are made up of two or more words.

Improve your basic grammar skills by learning about nouns and verbs on the Grammar Gorillas section of Fun Brain.

Key Stage 3

With Comic Master, pupils can create their own graphic novels in a fun and innovative manner. By creating captions and speech bubbles to accompany their storyline, their literacy skills can be challenged and enhanced. The game is developed by the Reading for Life initiative.

The Times Spelling Bee is a UK spelling competition for 11 and 12 year olds at schools in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is an online game on the website that runs throughout the academic year. There is also a traditional, offline version for schools, and the 2010 competition held its final at the Institute of Education in London.

BBC Bitesize has Key Stage 3 English Revision resources that include advice on letter writing methods and styles, spoken presentation skills and sentence structure.

The Channel 4 Way With Words section is designed specifically with literacy and language skill development in mind.

Key Stage 4

Bright Knowledge has an Essay Writing section with useful words and phrases for developing essays and constructing arguments. It can help pupils to develop clear and concise sentences through structured planning.

BBC Hard Spell challenges pupils' literacy skills with games against the clock to spell words correctly, identify the odd words out and more...

The Visuwords dictionary and thesaurus website is ideal for use with interactive whiteboards in the classroom. It is a useful tool for people of all ages, including aspiring writers and journalists, for generating new word ideas.

MP3 Podcast English Revision is a fun way for pupils to revise for their English Language and Literature GCSE exams. Podcast Revision is a database of audio lessons, many of which are free for pupils to download.

We hope you find these free teaching resources for English teachers to be very useful when lesson planning for Key Stage 1, 2, 3 or 4 literacy classes.

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