Below are free literacy teaching resources for teachers in UK schools to help you save time spent on lesson planning for Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4. Primary or secondary school literacy teachers may find these websites useful for developing their own English lesson plans or for signposting their pupils to innovative online content.
Key Stage 1
Look, Say, Cover, Type and Check or LSCTC Spelling Tests from Crickweb. LSCTC is a fun, interactive way for kids to practise spellings with flash cards.
The Consonant Spelling Game ‘Cluster Buster’ is another fun game that kids can use to practise consonants. Resources like this can help pupils to improve their English language skills without noticing!
The PBS Kids site has a Blending Words Game that asks kids to choose letters and mix them together to make words.
Key Stage 2
SpellAnywhere offers online spelling tests that can be integrated into school websites. They can be used as additional materials for teachers or by pupils for independent learning.
Learn about plurals on the BBC Skillswise section for literacy.
Quia has a section for compound words – ie words that are made up of two or more words.
Improve your basic grammar skills by learning about nouns and verbs on the Grammar Gorillas section of Fun Brain.
Key Stage 3
The Channel 4 Way With Words section is designed specifically with literacy and language skill development in mind.
The Techit website has plenty to offer anytbody teaching KS3 literacy with lots of activites that relate to plenty of key topics.
Geoff Barton has a few doccuments that have great plans on how to teach writing technique, including a really interesting looking at writing to build tension.
Help students visualise their thought process by creating word clouds using Worlde, a free online word cloud generator.
Key Stage 4
The Visuwords dictionary and thesaurus website is ideal for use with interactive whiteboards in the classroom. It is a useful tool for people of all ages, including aspiring writers and journalists, for generating new word ideas.
Once again we reccomend taking a look at the Teachit website for more ideas for lesson plans.
Webanywhere custom resources
Suitable for all ages, Webanywhere’s Blog app is available as part of the Schooljotter suite – promote social networking and literacy skills in a safe, secure online environment. You can sign up for a free trial of the software to use with your class at www.schooljotter.com.
We hope you find these free teaching resources for English teachers to be very useful when lesson planning for Key Stage 1, 2, 3 or 4 literacy classes.