Life at Primary School can be tough for our kids. Literacy can prove challenging, which is why more and more parents are looking for Primary resources Literacy.
What follows is what we think are the nine best websites out there, designed to help:
- KS1 Bitesize Literacy: Young learners will find learning about phonics, rhyming, spelling and punctuation more engaging than ever, thanks to the BBC’s Bitesize resource, which takes a playful approach to what can seem like a dry topic at first sight. Each activity allows students to select from an easy, medium or hard option, so that young they can achieve a sense of progress. A truly fun site that should be used from around Reception stage onwards. Parents and teachers of KS2 students should check out KS2 Bitesize, which focuses on Reading, Writing, and Spelling and Grammar. A similar site for children from Scotland can be found on Trapped, a site for Scottish second level Literacy and English students.
- Traditional songs and rhymes: Children begin learning about rhymes from Reception and there is no better way to grasp the concept of similar sounds than through music and song. Parents will enjoy recalling tunes such as Baa, baa, black sheep or Incy wincy spider.
- Class Clips – Literacy: Teachers and parents can stream interesting Literacy-related content to kids, including animated poetry videos and stories from other cultures and times.
- Magic Key: Biff, Chip and Kipper from the Oxford Reading Tree are some of the favourite all-time characters for children from Reception stage and onwards and they features strongly in this site, which is particularly useful for Reception and Year 1 students. There are games, worksheets and resources on a variety of topics, including Full stops, Questions, and Capital letters.
- Jack and the Giant Beanstalk: One of the best ways to increase literacy is by fostering a love of reading and this fun site sets out to do just that. The story of Jack and his magical beans is told in 14 short video episodes and has been adapted for viewers aged 5 to 7. The transcript of each episode can be printed, so children can practise their reading skills alongside their parents at home, or with their teacher in class.
- Treasure Island: While on the subject of great tales, enjoy the classic tale by R L Stevenson, which is brought to life in this site in 10 short video episodes. The site is aimed at children aged 9 to 11.
- Words and Pictures: In this site, it’s all about sound – phonics, consonant clusters, long vowel sounds, high frequency sounds and more. Children can play entertaining games, practising their writing skills and reading a selection of silly sentences in the site’s Gallery. Click on the Teachers and Parents link to access an array of printable resources, software for interactive games and further resources for children aged 5 to 7.
- Digger and The Gang Literacy: This site is divided into three areas, according to children’s age (5-7, 7-9, and 9-11). Children will have fun helping animated characters complete a host of tasks (including filling in blanks to make words, reading short texts and practising everyday vocabulary).
- Spelling with Spellits: Children can hone their spelling skills while helping animated characters escape a maze, lead a horse into its paddock or solve the mystery of the missing necklace!
We hope that you have found our recommendations useful. If you have any that you would like to add, please feel free to tell us about them in the comments below.