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Spelling Shed - all classes
Oxford Reading Buddy - EY-Y6


Reading Planet online - all classes



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For parents seeking more support for helping children to read and write at home, please visit this area of our school website:

Non-Screen Activities to Support Writing




Join Authorfy for free and get access to free author videos and writing resources!


The Ickabog - a new online fairytale from J.K.Rowling


Read about the story here:


Read the chapters here:


Get involved with the illustration competition here: 


A beautiful story read aloud online here or available as an ebook (click the link above).




**New** Set 5 now available- Talk for Writing Home-School Booklets



Talk for Writing have very kindly produced the following booklets to support children's learning in reading and writing at home.


Penn Wood has made a donation to Great Ormand Street Hospital and the NSPCC, as requested by Talk for Writing.




Storynory - Audio Stories for Children



Access lots of free stories read aloud via the website above!



Phonics lessons at home

Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons on Facebook and YouTube for children to watch at home.
We will release three short Speed Sound lessons with one of our trainers every day for the next two weeks. The films will only be available at the times below:

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am and again at 12.30 pm
  • Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am and again at 1.00 pm
  • Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am and again at 1.30 pm

Please note: the films are streamed live and won’t be available at other times.


We will also release a film of a teacher reading a poem for Reception and Year 1 children to join in with at 2.00 pm every day. The poems will be available to watch again and again on YouTube. A great opportunity for children to learn these by heart!


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Radio Blogging with Pie Corbett



Four teachers are offering to teach your children over the internet each weekday morning at 9:30am for free!

Radio Blogging is a fun-filled show with all resources online and a blog on which children can publish their work. 

There will be guest authors, a poem of the day shared by poets and the opportunity to share writing - stories, poetry and non-fiction.

Join here.


Storyline Online



Totally free, access lots of stories read aloud by famous faces!


Get Epic!



Get a month's free access to over 40,000 books for children to read online at Get Epic!



Learn your alphabet and develop phonics skills using Alphablocks here.


Super Sentence Stacking with Jane Considine



Follow Jane Considine's YouTube channel, The Training Space, where she will be streaming live English lessons for children of all ages - starting Monday 23rd March at 9:45am.

The National Literacy Trust



The National Literacy Trust's 'Family Zone' is full of wonderful ideas in which to engage with your families.


Storytelling and Reading


Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers is live streaming stories each day at 6pm. Access via his Instagram account.


David Walliams

Every day at 11am, you can listen one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories, so sit down, take a break, and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun!



The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) have a series of videos on their YouTube channel including stories and poems read by their authors, as well as sessions with the illustrators.



For as long as schools are closed, children will be able to stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, which will help children to continue to dream, learn and be children. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone.


Michael Rosen

Follow this YouTube channel to access a wise range of poems and short stories.


Book Trust

The Book Trust has a range of books which can be read online.



Access a range of books read aloud by celebrities.


Free ebooks and audiobooks - classic stories


Alice in Wonderland
PDF & Audiobook


The Wind in the Willows
PDF & Audiobook


The Railway Children
PDF & Audiobook


The Jungle Book
PDF & Audiobook


Peter Pan
PDF & Audiobook


Black Beauty
PDF & Audiobook

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