Free literacy resources

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Here is a selection of some brilliant literacy resources for teachers and practitioners that you can access for free. You can also browse our full selection of resources.

To support families we also have a comprehensive web portal, grouped by age, with links to lots of free home-learning activities on Words for Life.

Platinum Jubilee

In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will celebrate 70 years as monarch. We've developed new resources to help you celebrate this historic event while encouraging children to read for pleasure.

Jubilee resources
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Early years

Our early years resources will help schools, settings and parents support children’s development from birth to age 5.

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    Support for multilingual families at home: Time together booklet

    This easy-to-read guide now comes in 22 languages and is full of suggestions for how parents can support their young child's learning at home.
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    Jubilee picture books list and character quiz for early years

    Discover some great picture books with royal characters to help mark the occasion of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
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    Outdoor Activities to Support Communication and Wellbeing

    Resources to support the delivery of early years sessions in an outside space. These activities are aimed at children aged two to five but can be adapted for other ages.
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Primary

We have a wealth of free resources available to support literacy teaching in primary school.

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    Comedy improvisation in the classroom

    Comedy improvisation is an excellent way to improve children’s speaking and listening skills, build their confidence, develop their creativity, and get them working...
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    Happy News Project

    This Happy News project focuses on wellbeing and develops teamwork, speaking and listening skills and journalistic writing and reading skills.
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    Marcus Rashford Book Club

    Explore fantastic teaching resources to accompany the latest title in the Marcus Rashford Book Club. Free to access and suitable for years 2, 3 and 4.
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Cross-phase and transition

Useful teaching resources for cross-phase and transition with a literacy focus.

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    Royal Reading Challenge: Platinum Jubilee 2022

    To celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee we're encouraging pupils to ramp up their reading whilst also discovering fun and interesting facts about her reign.
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    UEFA Women's EURO 2022

    Excited about the UEFA Women's EURO 2022? Join in with our free activities including a reading challenge, online events and a 'live story'.
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    Minecraft League of Literacy

    The League of Literacy is a new series of Minecraft: Education Edition build challenges that help to encourage students' love of reading, enhance comprehension, and...
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    Writing from Nature: a poetry resource

    Created in partnership with the RSPB the Writing from Nature resources are designed to widen access to, deepen knowledge of, and increase appreciation of the natural world...
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    Career activity handbooks

    Activities for primary, secondary and post-16 students to support career insight and employability.
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    Audiobooks and literacy resources

    Top tips to help teachers and parents make the most of audiobooks to support children’s literacy in the classroom and at home.
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Secondary

Inspire and motivate pupils with our resources to support and improve literacy provision at secondary school.

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    Shared reading and PSHE: a case study from Pool Academy

    This case study, provided by Pool Academy, Cornwall, sets out the rationale and process behind their roll out of a literacy and wellbeing tutor reading programme.
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    Careers skills for CVs and interviews

    Workshops to support students with CVs, elevator pitches and interviews as they prepare for future careers.
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    Game Changers - sample resources

    Learn more about our reading programme for excluded secondary students with these sample resources.
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