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Reading is a crucial daily activity that your child should be encouraged to do. Reading, especially for primary age children, is critical to educational development and something that families can do together.

Parents are also encouraged to view our Bookflix - recommended reading lists.

 

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Early Years

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

 

English: early years

Phonics

Evidence shows that learning phonics is most effective when children are taught by following a single programme exclusively, rather than mixing them up. At Heap Bridge we use Letters & Sounds.

 

Letters and Sounds

Websites: www.gov.uk/government/publications/letters-and-sounds - for the handbook

Letters and Sounds for home and school - filmed phonics lessons

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 1. Key stage 2 children learning to read.

Description: filmed phonics lessons that follow phases 2 to 5 of the Letters and Sounds programme for reception, year 1 and learning to blend. Parent guidance videos.

Registration: not required

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Other phonics resources:

Bug Club Phonics

Website: www.pearsonprimary.co.uk/BCPhonics

Access through ActiveLearn Primary to Bug Club Phonics e-books, activities, shared read aloud videos and resources.

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: following the Letters and Sounds programme, Bug Club Phonics has e-books, teaching material and practice games

Registration: required for free access to Bug Club Phonics. Form available for parents to register

 

Floppy’s Phonics (Oxford Reading Tree)

Websites: www.oxfordprimary.co.uk/floppysphonicstp

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/ for phonic guidance and practise

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: online subscription enables schools to give pupils access to materials to practise GPCs at home. Activities and advice for parents and selected e-books available.

Registration: required for Oxford Owl for Home

 

Jolly Phonics

Website: www.jollylearning.co.uk

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 1. Key stage 2 children learning to read

Description: teaching videos covering key skills needed for reading and writing. Access to guidance and a bank of activity sheets covering phonics, grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Registration: not required

 

Phonics International

Website: https://phonicsinternational.com - for home-learning resources and recorded webinar for teachers

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 1. Key stage 2 to adults learning to read.

Description: home learning resources include ‘Alphabetic Code and Phonics Skills’ and materials for reading, spelling and handwriting. The free series of 8 e-books include 200+ cumulative, decodable sentences and texts.

Registration: not required for all open access material. Required to download e-books ‘Alphabetic Code and Phonics Skills’.

 

Oxford Owl

Oxford Owl Phonics - e-books and activities

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 1. Key stage 2 children learning to read

Description: phonics, word reading and spelling video lessons on YouTube. Phonics e-books, activities and advice from Oxford Owl

Registration: not required for filmed phonics lessons. Required for Oxford Owl for Home to access e-books

 

Sound Discovery® Phonics

Websites: www.syntheticphonics.net

Rapid reading e-books and resources

Key stages: nursery to key stage 1. Key stage 2 and key stage 3 pupils learning to read.

Description: advice, activities, videos, lesson plans and sample pages for reading, spelling and handwriting. Access to Rapid Phonics e-books and resources.

Registration: not required for Sound Discovery® videos and sample pages. Required for Pearson via school to access Rapid Phonics e-books.

 

Sounds-Write

Website: www.sounds-write.co.uk/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 1. Key stage 2 and key stage 3 pupils learning to read.

Description: online courses and videos for parents, IWB resources, activity workbooks and games.

Registration: not required

 

Other providers

Audible

Website: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: all children’s audiobooks are available for free while schools are closed.

Registration: not required

 

Authorfy

Website: https://authorfy.com

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: access to masterclasses on texts from a range of authors, including videos from the authors and activities linked to novels.

Registration: is required

 

BookTrust

Website: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/bookfinder/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: a site with recommended booklists, categorised by age range and topic, including fiction and non-fiction. Family activities are included in the ‘Home Time’ section.

Registration: not required

 

Classroom Secrets

Website: https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: downloadable resource packs which cover a range of subjects, including reading and writing.

Registration: not required

 

Literacy Counts

Website: https://literacycounts.co.uk/

Key stages: early years foundation stage, key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: free home learning packs for parents covering reading and writing. A school offer is also available.

Registration: is required

 

Love Reading 4 Kids

Website: https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: a site with recommended booklists, categorised by age range and topic, covering fiction and non-fiction.

Registration: not required

 

Manorfield Primary School

Website: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnEaSVZf7cZR1kNQkuIRoUg/playlists

Key stages: early years foundation stage, key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: YouTube videos covering phonics and reading

Registration: not required

 

Purple Mash

Website: https://2simple.com/purple-mash/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: free during the school closure period. Each week, a selection of daily activities is produced on different subjects, including comprehension and grammar.

Registration: is required

 

St. Peter’s School

Website: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM5pEwawjlZt69qmczAiQvg/playlists

Key stages: early years foundation stage, key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: YouTube videos covering phonics, reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar

Registration: not required

 

Storytime with Nick

Website: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDe74j1F52zQ51fqNpKV07E71knNl8HFn

Key stages: early years foundation stage and key stage 1

Description: films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor, teacher and trainer available Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2pm.

Registration: not required

 

The Children’s Poetry Archive

Website: https://childrens.poetryarchive.org/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: an archive of spoken poetry recordings. Children can listen to poems read out loud.

Registration: not required

 

English: key stage 1

 

Phonics (see Early Years)

 

Other providers

Audible

Website: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: all children’s audiobooks are available for free while schools are closed.

Registration: not required

 

Authorfy

Website: https://authorfy.com

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: access to masterclasses on texts from a range of authors, including videos from the authors and activities linked to novels.

Registration: is required

 

BookTrust

Website: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/bookfinder/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: a site with recommended booklists, categorised by age range and topic, including fiction and non-fiction. Family activities are included in the ‘Home Time’ section.

Registration: not required

 

Classroom Secrets

Website: https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: downloadable resource packs which cover a range of subjects, including reading and writing.

Registration: not required

 

Emile Education

Website: https://web.emile-education.com/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: game-based resources covering phonics, grammar and spelling. Schools need to register and distribute log-ins to pupils.

Registration: is required

 

English Mastery

Website: https://www.englishmastery.org/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: downloadable resource books providing 8 weeks of activities.

Registration: not required

 

JMB Education

Website: https://www.jmbeducation.com/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: 3 months free access available to game-based resources covering reading, writing and grammar

Registration: is required

 

Literacy Counts

Website: https://literacycounts.co.uk/

Key stages: early years foundation stage, key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: free home learning packs for parents covering reading and writing. A school offer is also available.

Registration: is required

 

Literacy Shed

Website: https://www.literacyshedplus.com/en-gb/browse/free-resources

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: downloadable resource packs with tasks based on video clips on YouTube.

Registration: not required

 

Love Reading 4 Kids

Website: https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: a site with recommended booklists, categorised by age range and topic, covering fiction and non-fiction.

Registration: not required

 

Manorfield Primary School

Website: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnEaSVZf7cZR1kNQkuIRoUg/playlists

Key stages: early years foundation stage, key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: YouTube videos covering phonics and reading

Registration: not required

 

Pobble 365

Website: https://www.pobble365.com/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: a new image is published each day as a basis for creative writing. Story starters, questions and drawing ideas are provided.

Registration: not required

 

Purple Mash

Website: https://2simple.com/purple-mash/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: free during the school closure period. Each week, a selection of daily activities is produced on different subjects, including comprehension and grammar.

Registration: is required

 

St. Peter’s School

Website: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM5pEwawjlZt69qmczAiQvg/playlists

Key stages: early years foundation stage, key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: YouTube videos covering phonics, reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar

Registration: not required

 

Storytime with Nick

Website: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDe74j1F52zQ51fqNpKV07E71knNl8HFn

Key stages: early years foundation stage and key stage 1

Description: films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor, teacher and trainer available Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2pm.

Registration: not required

 

The Children’s Poetry Archive

Website: https://childrens.poetryarchive.org/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: an archive of spoken poetry recordings. Children can listen to poems read out loud.

Registration: not required

 

The Day newsletter

Website: https://theday.co.uk/subscriptions/the-day-home

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: a daily newsletter for parents and carers at home with children, helping to enrich learning with real-world knowledge and skills.

Registration: is required

 

English: key stage 2

 

Audible

Website: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: all children’s audiobooks are available for free while schools are closed.

Registration: not required

 

Authorfy

Website: https://authorfy.com

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: access to masterclasses on texts from a range of authors, including videos from the authors and activities linked to novels.

Registration: is required

 

BookTrust

Website: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/bookfinder/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: a site with recommended booklists, categorised by age range and topic, including fiction and non-fiction. Family activities are included in the ‘Home Time’ section.

Registration: not required

 

Bug Club Phonics

Website: www.pearsonprimary.co.uk/BCPhonics

Access through ActiveLearn Primary to Bug Club Phonics e-books, activities, shared read aloud videos and resources.

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: following the Letters and Sounds programme, Bug Club Phonics has e-books, teaching material and practice games

Registration: required for free access to Bug Club Phonics. Form available for parents to register

 

Century Tech for Schools

Website: https://www.century.tech/

Key stages: key stage 2

Description: courses and micro-lessons covering a range of topics. Sections for schools, parents and carers and pupils

Registration: is required

 

Elevenses with the World of David Walliams

Website: https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

Key stages: key stage 2

Description: one free audio book reading is available to listen to every day.

Registration: not required

 

Emile Education

Website: https://web.emile-education.com/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: game-based resources covering phonics, grammar and spelling. Schools need to register and distribute log-ins to pupils.

Registration: is required

 

English Mastery

Website: https://www.englishmastery.org/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: downloadable resource books providing 8 weeks of activities.

Registration: not required

 

JMB Education

Website: https://www.jmbeducation.com/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: 3 months free access available to game-based resources covering reading, writing and grammar

Registration: is required

 

Literacy Counts

Website: https://literacycounts.co.uk/

Key stages: early years foundation stage, key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: free home learning packs for parents covering reading and writing. A school offer is also available.

Registration: is required

 

Literacy Shed

Website: https://www.literacyshedplus.com/en-gb/browse/free-resources

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: downloadable resource packs with tasks based on video clips on YouTube.

Registration: not required

 

Love Reading 4 Kids

Website: https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: a site with recommended booklists, categorised by age range and topic, covering fiction and non-fiction.

Registration: not required

 

Manorfield Primary School

Website: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnEaSVZf7cZR1kNQkuIRoUg/playlists

Key stages: early years foundation stage, key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: YouTube videos covering phonics and reading

Registration: not required

 

Pobble 365

Website: https://www.pobble365.com/

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: a new image is published each day as a basis for creative writing. Story starters, questions and drawing ideas are provided.

Registration: not required

 

Poetry by Heart

Website: https://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/

Key stages: key stage 2

Description: a wide selection of poetry covering different topics

Registration: not required to view poems, but it is required to access teaching resources.

 

Purple Mash

Website: https://2simple.com/purple-mash/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: free during the school closure period. Each week, a selection of daily activities is produced on different subjects, including comprehension and grammar.

Registration: is required

 

Sounds-Write

Website: www.sounds-write.co.uk/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 1. Key stage 2 and key stage 3 pupils learning to read.

Description: online courses and videos for parents, IWB resources, activity workbooks and games.

Registration: not required

 

St. Peter’s School

Website: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM5pEwawjlZt69qmczAiQvg/playlists

Key stages: early years foundation stage, key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: YouTube videos covering phonics, reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar

Registration: not required

 

Storytime with Nick

Website: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDe74j1F52zQ51fqNpKV07E71knNl8HFn

Key stages: early years foundation stage and key stage 1

Description: films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor, teacher and trainer available Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2pm.

Registration: not required

 

The Children’s Poetry Archive

Website: https://childrens.poetryarchive.org/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: an archive of spoken poetry recordings. Children can listen to poems read out loud.

Registration: not required

 

The Day newsletter

Website: https://theday.co.uk/subscriptions/the-day-home

Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2

Description: a daily newsletter for parents and carers at home with children, helping to enrich learning with real-world knowledge and skills.

Registration: is required