Primary literacy

Spelling and pronunciation

Phonics Toolkit
Phonics Toolkit

The phonic toolkit is a powerful, open-ended resource designed to support teachers in the delivery of any phonics programme. This versatile tool enables the teacher to quickly set up class activities in synthetic phonics. Here are some helpful video tutorials to get you started: toolkit overview, segmenting and blending, grapheme-phoneme correspondences.

Hungry frog spelling games

Learn to spell and have fun at the same time with these great games involving a fly and a frog. One mistake and the frog gets lunch. NOTE: some of these resources feature audio and would benefit from a speaker system.

Reception words: cloud click game
Reception words: cloud click game

A beautiful game to help your pupils recognise the high frequency words for reception year (as compiled by the National Literacy Strategy). Answer the questions as fast as you can but try not to get any penalties. At the end of the game you will be shown your score and awarded a prize monster. NOTE: This resource features audio and benefits from a speaker system.

Words for years 1 and 2: cloud click game
Words for years 1 and 2: cloud click game

A word recognition game to help your pupils remember the high frequency words for years 1 and 2 (as compiled by the National Literacy Strategy). NOTE: This resource features audio and benefits from a speaker system.

Alphabetical order moonlander games

Get to grips with alphabetical order with these moonlander games. Land your spaceship on the pads in alphabetical order.

Prefixes and suffixes game
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See how many new words you can make by adding prefixes and suffixes to the root word. (worksheet)

Syllable bucket sort game: easy
Syllable bucket sort game: easy Tablet enabled - iPad | Android | more...

A lovely game to help you discriminate syllables. Count the syllables in each falling word and guide it into the correct bucket. (worksheet)

Syllable bucket sort game: hard
Syllable bucket sort game: hard Tablet enabled - iPad | Android | more...

A slightly tougher game in which you must discriminate the number of syllables in a word. Count the syllables in each falling word and guide it into the correct bucket. (worksheet)

Homophones: bounce-words quiz
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A high energy quiz that requires coordination as well as knowledge. Ideal for the interactive whiteboard. This resource also includes a printable worksheet and a separate activity to help the teacher with marking. (worksheet)

More homophones: bounce-words quiz
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Another helping of homophones. This resource also includes a printable worksheet and a separate activity to help the teacher with marking. (worksheet)

British and American spellings
British and American spellings

Use this resource to make sure that you're aware of the variations between British and American spellings.

Pronunciation - 'ough' words: bounce-words quiz
Pronunciation - 'ough' words: bounce-words quiz Tablet enabled - iPad | Android | more...

Sort out how the different '-ough' words should be pronounced. This resource also includes a printable worksheet and a separate activity to help the teacher with marking. (worksheet)

Countdown
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A classroom version of this classic game. What's the longest word you can make?

Punctuation

Punctuation pairs game
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A little starter activity to check whether you know the names of your punctuation symbols. This matching pairs game requires a good memory as well as a knowledge of punctuation.

The sentence: capital letters and full stops
The sentence: capital letters and full stops Tablet enabled - iPad | Android | more...

Practise your proofreading with this lovely resource. Correctly punctuate the text by inserting full stops and capital letters. (worksheet)

Introducing the sentence
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A whole class activity to help your pupils understand sentence structure. (worksheet)

Question marks and exclamation marks
Question marks and exclamation marks Tablet enabled - iPad | Android | more...

Can you correctly punctuate these sentences with capital letters, question marks and exclamation marks? (worksheet)

The apostrophe: contractions
The apostrophe: contractions Tablet enabled - iPad | Android | more...

One use of an apostrophe is to indicate the omission of letters. All the sentences in this exercise are missing an apostrophe or two. It's your job to put them in the right place. (worksheet)

Its or it's
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If you get confused about whether to use ITS or IT'S then this could be the activity for you. (worksheet)

Apostrophes: bounce-words quiz
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A quiz to help your pupils learn when to use apostrophes and where to put them. This resource also includes a printable worksheet and a separate activity to help the teacher with marking. (worksheet)

The comma: lists
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Punctuate these sentences containing lists by inserting commas and removing the words 'and' and 'or'. (worksheet)

Proofreading

A suite of activities to test you on your proofreading. Find all the errors and punctuate the text correctly.

Grammar

Definitions of grammatical terms
Definitions of grammatical terms Tablet enabled - iPad | Android | more...

Do you know the difference between and adverb and an adjective? Would you recognise a noun if it stood up in your soup and gave you a haircut? In this game you must match the definitions to the grammatical terms. (worksheet)

Proper and common nouns: bucket sort game
Proper and common nouns: bucket sort game Tablet enabled - iPad | Android | more...

Learn to identify common and proper nouns with this fun game. Guide the falling words into the correct buckets based on whether you think they are proper nouns or common nouns.

A series of quizzes to help your pupils get to grips with plurals.

Personal pronouns
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In this activity your task is to find all the personal pronouns in the text and click on them. Doesn't sound like too much to ask does it?

Personal and possessive pronouns
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In this activity your task is to fill in the gaps in a table containing personal pronouns, possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns. (worksheet)

The noun, verb and adjective curse maker
The noun, verb and adjective curse maker Tablet enabled - iPad | Android | more...

A fun way to help your pupils learn and identify nouns, verbs and adjectives.

Noun, adjectives, verbs and adverbs: bucket sort game
Noun, adjectives, verbs and adverbs: bucket sort game Tablet enabled - iPad | Android | more...

A lovely game to help you discriminate between different word types. Is the word an adjective, noun, verb or adverb? Guide it into the correct bucket. (worksheet)

Verbs and nouns: Venn diagram
Verbs and nouns: Venn diagram Tablet enabled - iPad | Android | more...

A clever activity to get you thinking about verbs and nouns.

Word class
Word class Tablet enabled - iPad | Android | more...

This quiz tests your understanding about different word classes in a sentence.

Reading and writing - Listening and speaking

Phonics Toolkit
Phonics Toolkit

The phonic toolkit is a powerful, open-ended resource designed to support teachers in the delivery of any phonics programme. This versatile tool enables the teacher to quickly set up class activities in synthetic phonics. Here are some helpful video tutorials to get you started: toolkit overview, segmenting and blending, grapheme-phoneme correspondences.

The story of Thanksgiving
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An ideal way to teach your pupils about the Pilgrim Fathers and the first Thanksgiving and improve their language skills at the same time. An interactive suite of animations, activities and games designed to support reading, listening and speaking.

The Nativity
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An interactive suite of animations, activities and games designed to support reading, listening and speaking. An ideal way to teach your pupils about the Nativity account and improve their language skills during the run up to Christmas.

The night before Christmas
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Delight your students in the run up to Christmas with this beautifully illustrated suite of animations, games and activities designed to support reading, listening and speaking.

The Tortoise and the Hare
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This lovely fable by Aesop provides the backdrop for this beautifully illustrated set of interactive literacy resources.

The three little pigs
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A beautiful set of literacy resources based on a traditional re-telling of a classic fairy tale. Readers of a delicate disposition need to be aware that this is the traditional story where it doesn't work out so well for the lazy sibling porkers.

Jack and the beanstalk
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A lovely animated version of the classic story to help your pupils improve their language skills. Fee, fi, fo, fum!

The Elves and the Shoemaker
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Captivate your pupils with this enchanting story about magical elves and their talent for cobbling.

The Enormous Turnip
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This lovely story of Russian origin shows how even the smallest creature can make a difference.

Photofit challenge
Photofit challenge

Can you make an accurate drawing of the criminal from a description given by a witness? This lovely application provides a gentle introduction to basic comprehension and following instructions.

Styles of writing
Styles of writing Tablet enabled - iPad | Android | more...

A suite of glossary games to test your knowledge of the terms used when describing different styles of writing. worksheet)

Fun with words

Double meanings
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Four 'word within word' illusions. There are two words in each shape but can you find them? Take your time and look carefully and they will appear.

How many 'F's?
How many 'F's? Tablet enabled - iPad | Android | more...

Count all the Fs in a piece of text. You'd think it should be simple!

Coloured text mind masher
Coloured text mind masher Tablet enabled - iPad | Android | more...

Are you ready for your left brain to battle with your right brain? Sounds bizarre. Try this classic mind boggler if you're brave enough.

Jumbled words
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If the first and last letters of a word are in the correct order we can usually read it quite happily. This activity sheds some light on why most of us find 'French Connection UK' t-shirts so offensive at first glance.

Reading test
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Read a simple piece of text out loud. What can go wrong?

General resources

Class scoreboard
Class scoreboard

If you're playing a game or a quiz and you need to keep score for several teams then this is the tool for you. Choose between a number of themes: 'Alien abduction', 'In your face' and 'Snail race'.

Timer
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A new improved timer that now includes a countdown timer as well as a standard timer. Some of the alarm sounds are not for those of sensitive disposition. The time is given in Hours, minutes, seconds and hundredths of a second. Handy for timed tests, exams and activities.

Class minder
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A digital assistant that keeps an eye on your class on those rare occasions when you have to pop out.

The ultimate reaction test
The ultimate reaction test Tablet enabled - iPad | Android | more...

An addictive reaction test with loads of uses for practical work. Find out your reaction speed and whether it changes when you're tired, hungry or buzzing on coffee.

Simon
Simon

This classic memory game has been converted for use on an interactive whiteboard.

Tweeting birds memory game
Tweeting birds memory game

A quaint version of the classic memory game 'Simon'.

Blobtastic birthday greetings
Blobtastic birthday greetings

Make a fuss of your students on their birthday. This app allows you to create a personalised message for your students while our lovable blobs sing happy birthday.