Free literacy resources

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

To support families during the current school closures, we've developed a comprehensive web portal, grouped by age, with links to lots of free home-learning activities. Explore our Family Zone.

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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    Small Talk

    Small Talk is a new project which helps parents turn the activities they are already doing with their child every day into new opportunities to build their child’s language...
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    Back to nursery and reception: wellbeing resources

    Easy-to-deliver resources designed to help children settle into the nursery and classroom environment.
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    Family Zone Birth to 4

    Discover free activities, videos, apps and ideas that will keep your child busy and also support a love of stories and help build their language skills.


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

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    Back to school: literacy and wellbeing activities

    Easy-to-deliver activities to settle children back in to primary school
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    Home learning ages 5-12

    Explore Family Zone to access to free stories, activities, apps and websites that will support children's literacy and keep them engaged in learning at home.
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    Simon Mole: digital poet in residence

    Use these videos and lessons plans to bring a professional poet into your classroom for a whole week.
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Cross-phase and transition

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

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    The Book of Hopes teaching sequences for Year 6 and 7

    Our free teaching sequences based on The Book of Hopes will help teachers support students in the transition to secondary school.
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    Black Lives Matter: Book lists for ages 0-16+

    We have brought together a series of book lists for children and young people of all ages to share black stories and promote black voices.
    Learn more
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    Supporting Year 6 transition

    Engaging reading, writing and skill-building activities for students as they prepare for the transition to secondary school


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

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    Disciplinary literacy

    Exploring concepts of disciplinary literacy and how to support subject-specific literacy skills.
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    Skills Academy resource pack

    This resource gives you the opportunity to try the challenges from the first Skills Academy beatbox & breakdance lesson.
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    Zone In

    Three new activities each week to help young adults boost their skills during lockdown.