Literacy teaching resources
Phonics with Geraldine the Giraffe, writing ideas on Teachers TV, Michael Morpurgo on storytelling, VCOP resources and more: we’ve plenty of activities to spice up your lesson plans and help you improve student literacy.
We also have recordings of TES webchats with children’s book authors Michael Rosen, Anthony Horowitz and Julia Donaldson.
- How do authors get ideas? Ex-children’s laureate Michael Morpurgo explains his tactics for getting stories written.
- Polish pupils’ phonics skills with this selection of videos featuring Geraldine.
- Games and activities to encourage pupils to use great vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation.
- Help pupils progress to a higher literacy level with this pyramid showing what punctuation they should be using at each level.
- Keep Olympic fever alive in your school and reward the best readers with medals at the end of the year. Encourage every pupil to go for gold.
- Inspire parents to ask the right questions when they’re listening to their children read.
- More tips for parents, this time for older children.
- Exercises to help pupils keep control when they’re writing.
- Three teachers share their great lesson ideas for improving pupils’ writing skills.
- Spelling’s never been so exciting than with this activity based on the Battleship game.
- Encourage concise and precise writing with this template for students to summarise a story in only 50 words.
- Get students thinking with their eyes, ears and noses with this lesson encouraging them to describe what they see, hear and smell.
- Popular punctuation worksheet covering the key signs in a nutshell.
- A step-by-step guide to encourage students to write stories that’ll have you hooked.
- Display these in your classroom to encourage students to use a range of connectives in their writing.
- Entertaining presentation which shows what happens when bad spelling prevails.
- Help students revise key grammar points with these handy cards.
- A clear illustration of the tenses of the English language, with examples to boot.
- Help students write fantastic essays with this table mat littered with hints on structure, grammar and punctuation.
- An A-Z of words for students to be wary of.
- Using the popular burger analogy this presentation explains how students can have ship-shape paragraphs in no time.
- Many ways to help students remember how to spell those aggravating words they struggle with.
- Michael Rosen, the author of the first authorised biography of Roald Dahl for children, answered questions tweeted and emailed to him.
- Anthony Horowitz, the man behind the hugely successful series of Alex Rider novels was online to answer your questions.
- The woman behind The Gruffalo and the current Children’s Laureate chats about her work, children’s literacy and her campaign to save libraries.