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David Walliams Audio Stories KS2 

David Walliams announced that he will be reading one of his World’s Worst Children stories every day for 30 days, which will be free for children to download and listen to. 



Your virtual librarian KS2 

If children can’t come to the Library, then Sam Pope is making sure that the library will come to the children. While she can’t be in work, she’s decided to become a virtual librarian, sharing an activity a day, where possible, online on Childtastic Books. Each day she aims to post activities that are relevant and interesting, starting with giving children the task of writing about the character they were for World Book Day (or any one they’re interested in). 



National Literacy Trust home learning portal All Phases  

The Family Zone will be updated with new and useful content for parents, and is split into three age groups: 0-4, 5-8, 9-12. There are ideas and guidance for simple activities that will help parents engage children at home, while also benefiting their reading, writing and language development, as well as free reading and writing resources, audiobooks, videos, competitions and reading challenges. 



Story Explorers – KS2 

Have you ever wanted to explore a story? Perhaps you would like to visit the Chocolate Factory with Charlie, ride a polar bear in the frozen North with Lyra or travel to Middle-earth’s Lonely Mountain with Bilbo Baggins? Our Story Explorers resource challenges pupils to write a visitor’s guide or create a map based on their favourite story setting in children’s literature. Children will investigate what makes a good story location, and will apply their imagination and creativity to writing (and drawing!) with real purpose. 



Vooks EYFS- Y3 

Vooks is a great resource to use in the home with your children.  Vooks is a streaming library of ad-free, kid-safe animated read-aloud storybooks, trusted by teachers and enjoyed by millions of children around the world every week.  It is an entire library of storybooks, brought to life, to help encourage the love of reading.  You can sign up for Vooks and use the take-home resources to help keep your children reading 20 minutes a day during these extraordinary times. 

Sign Up Link: www.vooks.com/parent-resources 

Take-Home Lesson Plans:   

Week 1 


Week 2 https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5a29c9eef09ca48b52cafc06/t/5e69e2b3530e0900725ecc00/1583997621385/Week+2+Take+Home.pdf 


Epic- needs to be set up by school staff 

Full of free ebooks for all levels on a range of topics. Digital library for children 12 and under. Instantly access 35,000 of the best books, learning videos, quizzes and more. Make your own quizzes to go with the books. 

Great resource and free to educators. Children can use a class login to go on and read books you’ve assigned to them or they can search for their own. American based. 



ICT Games  

Phonics, spelling, letter formation, reading, writing, common exception words, etc. 



Pobble KS2 

Daily writing and spag challenges. 



Once Upon a Picture  

Images and questions can be used to stimulate discussion and develop vocabulary, as a prompt for creative writing, a reading comprehension activity (with a mix of literal, inference, deduction and prediction questions), or as a starting point for a wider curriculum lesson. Can be used to set home learning tasks  



Book Trust 

The hub is packed full of free books, videos, games, recipes, competitions, quizzes and much more. Plus, watch readings and draw-a-longs with celebrated children's authors and illustrators. 



Floodland, Marcus Sedgwick – Author reading – UKS2 (Years 5 & 6) 



Now Press Play 

now>press>play is an active audio resource that engages children in the curriculum through emotion, imagination and movement. Immersed in sound, your child will become the main character in a story, meeting people, discovering places and solving problems on an educational adventure they’ll never forget! 



Authorfy (@authorfy)  

⭐️ NEW! â­ï¸ We’re posting a 10 minute creative writing challenge every day for the next 2-3 months. Each one will be hosted by a children’s author & is perfect for #homelearning.  

First up: @moontrug Full video: https://t.co/5tJn4pC3Jt 

 #Authorfy10minutechallenge #UnitedByBooks  




Spelling Frame  

spelling activities with specialist resources for each year group 



The Reading Realm  

A pack of creative writing prompts – other free resources are being added to this site 

Online activity packs https://thereadingrealm.co.uk/category/resources/ 

Nature & Animals https://thereadingrealm.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/The-Nature-and-Animal-Realm-1.pdf  

Creative Writing Prompts https://thereadingrealm.co.uk/2020/03/17/free-reading-realm-home-learning-pack-3-creative-writing-prompts 

 Fairy Tales https://thereadingrealm.co.uk/2020/03/15/free-reading-realm-home-learning-pack-fairy-tales 


Phonics Comics- Phonics play  

Online comics in order of Letters and Sounds sets  



BBC Teach  

A range of interactive games, stories and activities for English  

KS1 https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ks1-english/z67ncqt 

KS2 https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ks2-english/zbrwnrd 


Collins Big Cat  

Access 330+ free KS1 ebooks from our primary reading programme. Go to Collins Connect and click on the Teacher portal and enter:  

Username: parents@harpercollins.co.uk 

Password: Parents20!  




Online interactive Dahl pack (60 comprehension activities with 7 extracts from George's Marvellous Medicine and The Witches); 

Online interactive Classics pack (loads of comprehension activities with extracts from classics like Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island and Romeo and Juliet); 

Username: MRblue212 

Password: read4029 



 Story Starters from Alex T. Smith