Activity Ideas: Literacy

This page includes a range of online games, resources and activities which will support and develop key literacy skills for children and young people of all ages. Many activities focus upon spelling, punctuation and grammar development. 


Literacy Shed - Free Literacy resources for KS1 and KS2 children, with many activities based upon short films or animations, stories, poems or books. The site also includes reading comprehensions on lots of interesting themes.

Visit their site: The Literacy Shed


Primary Resources - A range of printable literacy resources for all primary age groups. The site is organised by curriculum subject and themes, and includes many PowerPoints, worksheets and resources to support learning.

Visit their site: Primary Resources English


Puffin Schools - One for book lovers! Downloadable resource packs based upon popular children’s books including the BFG, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Little Woman. The site also includes creative writing resources, competitions and activity suggestions. Suitable for KS1-KS3.

Visit: Puffin Schools


Twinkl - Downloadable literacy resources for Early Years, Primary, Secondary, EAL and SEND children. Covers a variety of subjects and themes. Lots of resources linked to spelling, punctuation and grammar. 

To set up access go to: twinkl


Audible - Audiobook streaming for all ages. You can listen on most devices including phones, tablets, computer/laptop, Echo, Alexa and Amazon devices.

To listen visit: Audible


Centre for Literacy in Primary Education - This site includes many free literacy resources for schools, but these can also be easily adapted for home learning. Lots of fun activities based upon your favourite books. Suitable for primary aged children and KS3.

For more visit: CLPE


David Walliams - Visit this website for lots of free activities. Also tune it at 11am each day for approximately 20 minutes to listen to one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories.

Visit the site: The World of David Walliams


Harry Potter at Home - For any Harry Potter fans (or soon to be fans!) The Wizarding World website has now introduced a new ‘Harry Potter at Home’ section with lots of fun activities, videos, quizzes and much more to keep you occupied. 

It's free to register an account for the site at: Wizarding World of Harry Potter 


Julia Donaldson - The author of The Gruffalo, and other well-loved characters, has again worked with the illustrator Axel Scheffler to introduce some wonderful illustrations which help to explain to children the rules around social distancing and why they should follow those rules. 

You can find the images here: Julia Donaldson 

You can also find updates and news on: The Gruffalo's Facebook page 


BBC Bitesize - Lots of free online literacy resources for children and young people aged 3 to Post-16. Academic support in a huge range of subjects, with games, tutorials, quizzes and much more. 

View all resources on: BBC Bitesize


Topmarks Education - Interactive games, videos, website links, resources and activities for all ages, including Post-16. You can browse by subject, theme or age group in order to find the information or help that you need.

To view all resources: Topmarks English


Pobble 365 - Get a new creative writing stimulus every day in the form of exciting pictures, story starters and sentence challenges. This is for primary aged children who love to write their own stories.

To access the site visit: Pobble 365


Teachit – Literacy resources developed by teachers for all ages (Early Years to KS5). Lots of worksheets, games and themed activities that can be downloaded. You can normally sign up to access their free resources which are downloadable as PDFs.

Teachit Primary EYFS, KS1 & KS2: Teachit Primary  

Teachit English for KS3 to KS5: Teachit Secondary  


Authorfy Creative - Create an account for free downloadable activities that range from arts and crafts to book club questions and games. Watch masterclasses by award-winning authors to inspire and boost reading and writing for pleasure. Resources are regularly updated so you can access new materials.

Visit: Authorfy Creative


Phonics Play - Lots of fun games and resources to support phonics learning through all phases. 

There are some free resources available: Phonics Play  



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