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.

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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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    Supporting early years children to tell stories

    Support early years children to tell more stories in your setting by using these top tips.
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    Poetry in the early years foundation stage

    The new statutory framework for the early years foundation stage and the new reading framework, both frequently refer to poetry and highlight the importance of saying and...
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    Support for multilingual families at home: Time together booklet

    This easy-to-read guide now comes in 18 languages and is full of suggestions for how parents can support their young child's learning at home.
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We have a wealth of free resources available to support literacy teaching in primary school.

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    Football Reading Quiz

    Check out this recording of our online football reading quiz, which provides new ideas for getting children engaged in reading.
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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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    Writing poems with Paul Cookson

    Watch as Paul Cookson performs his poems, then provides step-by-step support for your class to create fabulous and fun poetry of their own.

Cross-phase and transition

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

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    We Wonder: Protect Our Planet

    This fantastic and timely reading challenge will support and encourage students as they read, investigate and campaign for a sustainable future.
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    Holocaust Memorial Day

    Free resources to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2022.
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    Notes from a pandemic: poetry resources

    Free-writing exercises and reflective activities that will take students on a learning journey responding to their own thoughts and feelings about the pandemic.
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Inspire and motivate pupils with our resources to support and improve literacy provision at secondary school.

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    Exam command words: a case study

    This case study explores how William Perkin School developed a command word guidebook for students following inspiration at a National Literacy Trust workshop.
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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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    Skills Academy sample resource - freestyle football

    This PowerPoint for the freestyle football module from our reading intervention Skills Academy gives an introduction to the programme.
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