Roly clever

Literacy Ages 4 to 11

"Write to Roly - the dog with his own website." That's the invitation to primary pupils from the 11-year-old labrador (pictured above) whose owner has two children at a Norfolk school.

Roly has his own website ( where everyone can read of his adventures: Did he eat 11 fairy cakes all at the same time?

The website has a guestbook and children from reception to Year 6 can write a message to Roly. But as the canine is the school's punctuation watchdog, he will only publish messages that are written, spelt and punctuated correctly. He also sends a short reply to each correct message.

Children can log on to the website, whether in school or at home, and improve their writing skills. And there is a real incentive to receive a message from Roly.

The website was easy to set up through the free service provided by and is maintained by Roly's owner

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now