English and literacy (including reading resources)
As well as working with schools, The
Education People and Children's University staff are committed to
supporting children, young people and their families with home
learning and enrichment opportunities.
We appreciate that this is an
uncertain time for families but we hope that these home learning
resources help you enjoy your time with your children, even in
times of social distancing, self-isolation and possible
lockdown. Making happy memories, whilst learning during this
time, will be very important to all.
These links have been given to us by
a variety of partners including The Education People Advisors,
Children's University Managers, Learning Destinations and partners
such as Kent libraries.
This section of our website will be
updated each day so do come back every now and then to see what's
new. Do click on the subject links on the left tab for
more specific resources available to schools and families.
Please read this important notification from Kent
Libraries, Registration and Archives with regard to the closure of
Million Minutes Reading Challenge
- On Thursday 5th March 2020, Achievement for All launched
the annual reading challenge across the globe to attempt to read
for 200 MILLION MINUTES! The Challenge ends on
10th July 2020.
- Colouring and activity sheets and teaching/discussion notes on
picture books, children's fiction and teen fiction
Ask a Kent Librarian
- If you need help with research, homework, or a library service,
our librarians are here to answer your questions. You can
chat with a librarian in real time or send us your question and
wait for the answer. It's a bit like going into a library and
asking a question in person, but can be done from your computer or
Audible (free eBooks for all children and young
For as long as schools are closed, Audilble's open.
Childen and young people everywhere can instantly stream an
incredible collection of stories, including titles across six
different languages, that will help them continue dreaming,
learning, and just being children.
All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or
Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.
It's that easy.
- Barrington Stoke is a small, independent and
award-winning children's publisher. For over 20 years we've been
pioneering super-readable, dyslexia-friendly fiction to
help every child become a reader. From our
specially designed font to the colour of our paper, accessibility
is at the heart of everything we do.
Barrington Stoke - Activity
- A variety of activity sheets including word puzzles, quizzes
and colouring in.
Barrington Stoke - Discussion guides for
- Resources for a variety of texts that encourage
Barrington Stoke - Young editors
- Barrington Stoke has been getting book-averse young
people into reading for 15 years. A key element of our approach is
the involvement of young readers in shaping our books.
Registration for our Young Editors
Scheme is free for schools and provides the
opportunity to download manuscripts prior to publication for
students' feedback and input.
The big list of authors doing online
read-alouds and activities
- With kids at children and parents looking for educational
activities, many of our favorite authors are offering online
read-alouds and activities on social media. Here is a list of 50
top authors to enjoy!
BookTrust Home Time
- The site includes free books, videos, games, recipes,
competitions, quizzes and activity sheets.
The BookTrust's YouTube channel (mainly Early
Years and KS1)
- The website contains interviews with authors, story time,
lessons on how to draw, book reviews and much more.
Bright Educational Consultancy's reading planner
(suitable for all ages)
- Here are some Reading Activities in the form of a planner
Bright Educational Consultancy thought would be helpful to share or
add to packs. Filled with fun things to do around reading during
- Have you heard about the new British Library Discovering
Children's books site? It's free to access and full of
book-inspired creative activities, from making your own miniature
book to writing a comic strip. Aimed at primary school children,
teachers and book-lovers of all ages, the site explores the history
and rich variety of children's literature, through treasures from
the British Library, Seven Stories, Bodleian Libraries and the V
- British Library's Discovering Literature website is also very useful for older students
and includes several short documentary films and teacher
Cambridge University Press
- The Press has made all Academic higher education textbooks free
to access online. All 700
textbooks published and currently available in HTML format
on Cambridge Core can now be accessed free until the end of May,
regardless of whether they were previously purchased. We are also
providing free access to research related to the coronavirus. The
Press plays a global role in education and research and shares its
University's mission to contribute to society through its work.
Sharing that research can play an important role in tackling shared
threats such as this.
More than 80 relevant book chapters and journal articles are
available, drawn from journals including Epidemiology &
Infection; Prehospital and Disaster Medicine; Infection Control
& Hospital Epidemiology, and from Animal Health Research
Reviews, among others. Future articles will be added to the
collection once they have been published.
Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (for Key
Stage 1 and 2)
- To support you with the school closures and home learning, CLPE
wants to share with you their FREE Poetry resources to use with
children. Poetry is a fundamental element in the development
of children's literacy. The Poetryline website holds an extensive
bank of poems for children and teaching resources, videos of poet
performances and interviews to support the teaching of poetry in
To support you as you plan for school closure and home
learning CLPE wanted to share with you their Power of Pictures FREE
resources to use with children. Their Power of Pictures
research, on which these free resources are based,
finds that giving children the opportunity to explore their
creativity through drawing and supporting them to learn through
picturebooks, has a direct and positive impact on children's
Centre for Literacy in Primary Education -
Team at CLPE have been working hard to meet schools'
changing needs in these unprecedented times as pupils transition to
Following careful consulation with our Power of Reading
Associate schools, we are pleased to launch
Take 5: our brand new resources for Power of Reading
schools to send home to parents. They are designed to allow
children to develop their own responses to Power of Reading texts
they may have studied or will be studying in school.
Each set of notes contains five simple activities which will
develop children's comprehension skills and strategies and develop
their imagination and creativity for writing, linked to the
COVID short book for children in different
- This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full
range of emotions arising from the current situation. It is
important to point out that this resource does not seek to be a
source of scientific information, but rather a tool based on
fantasy. The recommendation is to print this material so children
can draw on it. Remember that emotions are processed through
repetitive play and stories read multiple times.
David Walliams' daily audio stories for
children (KS1 and KS2)
- David Walliams is releasing a FREE audio story every day
for the next 30 days. It might help some parents out there to get
their kids to quieten down and listen to a story whilst you get a
few jobs done or just grab a cuppa in peace.
Egmont children's websites
- Visit our special author, book and magazine websites to find
out more about your favourite Egmont characters. Characters
include Sir Charlie Stinky-Socks, Barry Loser, Mr Gum, Lemony
Snicket and Minecraft.
- This First Edition is available from The National Library
Explore More allows children
of all ages to work and have fun together. They will delve into
stimulating fictional worlds taking on empowering challenges to
become the 'expert' in the story, solving problems as the story
unfolds in their own space and time.
Football School Friday
- Football School Friday starts at 10am with Alex Bellos and Ben
Lyttleton on the Football School via YouTube.
First News Education
- With the worldwide closure of some schools and the potential
for more to do so, have you considered your solution for remote
learning? For a limited time, we're offering free, current issues
of First News newspaper (PDF edition), Activity Sheets, and an
extended 6-week trial of the iHub.
Francesca Simon's activity
sheets (suitable for all
- Francesca is one of the nation's most popular authors and has
written over fifty books for children of all ages. She
is most famous for writing the Horrid Henry series
of children's books.
Good read list for
- Young adult realistic and/or historical fiction about
- Activities for pre-schoolers to teens, including Mog the
forgetful cat, Percy the parkkeeper, Dr Seuss, Skulduggery Pleasant
and David Baddiel.
Harry Potter activities
- Fantastic fun inspired by the world of the Harry Potter
books! Discover your Harry Potter name, share your favourite
quotes, test your knowledge and much more!
Home Learning Packs from Stonewall
- At such a difficult and uncertain time, Stonewall knows that
education staff, parents and carers are facing unprecedented
challenges. However, it's at times like these that we can come
together to help each other. That's why Stonewall has launched a
series of home learning packs. Whether you're a teacher sending
work home for your students, or a parent or carer looking for some
activities for your child, these packs are for you. There's a
primary, secondary and SEND version of each pack, complete with
suggested activities and supporting materials to support your
- Creativity learning pack: The
creativity packs include a range of activities with curriculum
links to art, computing, DT, English, music,
PE and PSHE.
- Different families learning
pack: The Different families packs include a range
of art, English and computing activities for Primary, Secondary and
- English activities learning
pack: The English packs include a range of
activities with curriculum links to art, history, geography, music
- Frida Kahlo learning pack: The Frida
Kahlo packs include a range of art, English and computing
activities for Primary, Secondary and SEND pupils.
- LGBT history learning pack: The
LGBT history packs include a range of art, DT, English, history,
music, science, PSHE, PE and computing activities.
- Timeless classics, hilarious capers and new adventures: a tots
to teens reading list that even parents can enjoy.
Into Film - family-friendly films with
- With cinemas closed and many children at home, chilldren and
young people may be in need of some quality films to watch. Into
Film will be regularly recommending their top picks across a
variety of genres and categories. All of their choices are
available to stream within the UK, come with recommended viewing
ages and talking points, and many have additional educational
Into Film - Review 100: Social media review
- To help young people flex and develop their literacy and
analytical skills while schools are closed, Into Film has launched
a Review 100, a new film review writing
competition. Every two weeks we'll select a winner and
they'll receive a £20 Amazon voucher.
Jacqueline Wilson games, activities and
colouring (suitable for KS1 - 3)
- Click on the different stalls to enter exciting
competitions, view the magazine website or play
games. You can also click on the icons on the conveyor belt to
download fun activity sheets.
Kent libraries digital
- These include reference resources as well as free
e-books, e-audio books, a vast range of the latest e-magazines and
Lonely Planet Kids
- Short videos include a London trail, animals of the Amazon
rainforest, how skyscrapers work.
Medway libraries digital
- Library members can download eBooks and eAudiobooks free of
charge using the Libby app from Overdrive.
My Hero is You, Storybook for Children on
- This book was a project developed by the Inter-Agency
Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and
Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (IASC MHPSS RG). The
project was supported by global, regional and country based experts
from Member Agencies of the IASC MHPSS RG, in addition to parents,
caregivers, teachers and children in 104
National Literacy Trust
- The NLT works to improve the reading, writing, speaking
and listening skills in the UK's poorest communities, where one in
three people have literacy problems. Because low
literacy is intergenerational, they focus our work on families,
young people and children.
National Literacy Trust: Family
Split up by age group below, you will find ideas and guidance
for simple activities that will engage your children at home, while
also benefiting their reading, writing and language
You'll be able to access free reading and writing resources,
audiobooks, videos, competitions and reading challenges. Every
resource is available for free, although to access some you may
need to create a free account.
Nature in Your
- Nature in Your Neighbourhood offers a fulfilling and
creative project that young people aged 5 to 19 can complete within
their schools or homes - plus a chance to win fantastic prizes including
- Download fun, free activity sheets for some of our best-loved
titles - games, craft activities, and more! Every activity
sheet is available as a free PDF download for you to print and
The official Neil Gaiman Website for younger
- The official Neil Gaiman Website for younger Readers, read,
play games, download printable activities, and watch videos
inspired by Neil Gaiman's books.
Old Barn Books
- Old Barn Books is an independent publisher of illustrated
books for children and gift books for adults. They love
beautiful illustration and fine writing and look to build a list
that is eclectic and personal, with an emphasis on the natural
world and the development of emotional intelligence.
Oliver Jeffers readaloud
- Oliver Jeffers will read one of his books every day at 2pm,
then archive the reading on his website.
Oxford Owl: Home learning resources
(primary school-aged children)
- Oxford Owl offers a range of free activities for the home and
Oxford University Press: Home learning
- Wherever you are, and however you need help, OUP has the
resources for you.
The Open University
- The Open University's OpenLearn where all the courses are free.
Good for older young people and parents/carers too!
- Colouring sheets and other ideas for indoor activities based on
Penguin Random House UK games and
Penguin Random House UK quizzes
They champion the world's most brilliant voices, bringing them
to life in compelling and dynamic ways for audiences everywhere. In
addition to books, ebooks and audiobooks, they also play a part in
blockbuster films, TV shows, radio, theatre productions, live
events and social media.
Penguin Random House UK - How to
Puffin home learning
- Puffin Storytime: From Monday 6th April, Puffin will
be bringing 20 minutes of storytime magic to homes daily at 3.30pm
on weekdays. This will include readings and draw-alongs from their
stellar list of authors and illustrators. Caregivers, teachers and
children can view Puffin Storytime on Puffin's YouTube, Instagram
and Facebook channels #PuffinStorytime
- Mondays & Fridays, 3.30pm - Storytime & Draw-alongs for
little ones 0-5. Launching on 6th April with Look Up! By
Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola
- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3.30pm - Sam Copeland will serialise,
in 20-minute episodes, the entirety of his hilarious book Charlie
Changes into a Chicken for readers 7+
- Wednesdays, 3.30pm- Story Starters for ages 6-11. Puffin
authors will read extracts from their books to help inspire
children to discover their next read. Launching on 8th
April with an extract from the bestselling Murder Most Unladylike
read by Robin Stevens.
- The Puffin Podcast: A new 3-part
Puffin Podcastserieswill launch on Sunday 19th April
(via Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Acast and YouTube Kids), where
comedian, children's author and YouTube personality Humza Arshad
hosts laugh-out-loud stories, games and jokes guaranteed to give
you the giggles! Aimed at unlocking creativity, taking stories to
imaginations worldwide and inspiring children to dream big, the
podcast will be available here.
- Puffin Schools: To support
teachers, parents and caregivers now tackling home-learning, the
Puffin Schoolswebsite has been restructured to make Puffin books
and resources accessible to children who need them. A huge
collection of easy to discover resources to bring stories to life,
including bite size activities and new categories such as Writing
Prompts, Activity Ideas and Picture Book Packs, can be found here.
Roald Dahl - Things to do
- The next few weeks are going to be a little bit different.
So, in the meantime, the Roald Dahl website has put everything
they can think of that might help distract you, entertain you or
just cheer you up on this page right here.
For teachers, all the lesson plans are contained in the link
above, and they're packed with resources that you might find useful
while your class are at home.
Royal Shakespeare Company - Culture in
- As part of the BBC's plans to keep bringing arts to audiences
during the Coronavirus pandemic, you will be able to watch six of
our shows from the comfort of your own home over the next few
weeks. All six are now on iPlayer and will be broadcast on
BBC 4 - dates to be announced.
- One great site for this is StoryLine Online, an award winning
website which streams online videos featuring actors reading
children's story books alongside the books' illustrations. The
American website is a programme run by SAG-AFTRA (The Screen Actors
Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), a
non-profit organisation dedicated to providing educational and
comprehensive resources to its users (works better in Chrome
than Internet Explorer).
Stour Academies Trust home learning
In these uncertain times, the SAT aims to provide
quality-learning opportunities for children whilst school closures
are in place.
They will be providing daily lessons for both English and Maths
and weekly lessons for Topic and Science for every year
Choose your year group from the link above and every day you can
watch a video input from a teacher and view resources and ideas
that will help your child complete an activity.
- Sweet Cherry has been developing a range of activity
packs for our titles which are used in schools and other learning
environments. These resources are available to download for
TES home learning
- TES has created this page to facilitate the sharing of free
resources and information on coronavirus, as well as anything that
might help support teachers, schools and students during this time,
such as revision material, home packs and self-guided study
The Literacy Shed
- Fully resourced unit plans based on Literacy Shed films,
Non-Fiction reading revision resources, 'VIPERS' reading resources,
Classic Text VIPERS comprehensions, Novel study guides for teachers
and student task booklets, Resources to aid the scaffolding of
writing through DADWAVERS.
Palmer's home learning resources
- Tom is the author of three Puffin
football children's series, Football Academy, Foul Play and The
Squad and 14 books for Barrington
- FREE videos of reading from my books,new ones added
- FREE reads - first chapters of my books here
- FREE colouring here
- FREE literacy resources
- And on Tuesday 5th May (from 10 a.m. to 11
a.m.) I will be hosting a chat on Facebook Live on my facebook
- To help parents and families during this challenging
time, Usborne Books will be uploading dozens of resources to help
children practise their key skills and find fun things to do while
they're at home. And give parents and carers a few minutes to get
on with their own work too!
- Get creative with these lovely activity sheets! Simply
click the title and enjoy.
- Stay-At-Home with Nicola Davies: Award
winning Nicola Davieshas written a wonderful blog for us about DNA
to celebrate the publication of Grow, illustrated by Emily
Suttonwhich you can read on Picture Book Party here. There are teachers notes for the
- Stay-at-Home Adventures with Anna McNuff:
Look out for Anna McNuff's Instagram stories takeover on
@WalkerBooksUKas she talks about her new book, "100 Adventures to
Have Before You Grow Up" by Anna Mcnuff, illustrated by Clair
Rossiter. It is packed with adventure ideas you can do right now in
your home and garden & those big bucket list adventures that
you can start planning now! You can see Anna talking about her book
- Stay-at-home with the Walker Bear: Our 'Stay home with the Walker Bear' playlist
features all the best and brightest videosfrom our Walker Books
authors and illustrators. The perfect place to find readings,
activities and more to keep your little ones
- A Monster Calls- the movie adaptation was shown on
BBC and is now available on
iplayer. CILIP have begun a daily "broadcast" called
National Shelf Service with professional librarians recommending
titles on YouTube. This kicked off with a recommendation for A
Monster Calls. You can find this resource here.
Bear Hunt's gone GLOBAL! All around the world, people are
putting bears in their windows for families to spot on their daily
walks. Walker have put together reading recommendation
assets. These are the first set in bi-weekly recommendation
assets which will range in theme, age group, and school subject.
There are also two activity sheets for children to make their very
own bear and bear ears to print off and cut out available here,
which has been updated with the latest books and news.
- Chris Haughton,author-illustrator of such favourites as - Oh
No, George!, Shh! We Have a Plan, Goodnight Everyone, A Bit Lost,
and the soon to be in paperback Don't Worry, Little Crab - is
keeping kids across the world busy with his read-alongs, live art
tutorials, and activities. You can see more here.
- From the award-winning creator of Alan's Big, Scary
Teeth comes Follow Me, Floa hilarious and heartfelt daddy and
daughter cautionary tale, sure to get all young readers laughing
and singing. You can watch Jarvis sharing his story here.
- J K Rowling and her Wizarding World partners have
announced three new initiatives under the banner Harry Potter At
Home, to help children, parents, carers and teachers who are at
home during the coronavirus outbreak.
World Book Day - Book Ideas
- Fun ideas, crafty activities, and free booky resources that
everyone can enjoy together, this site is all about sharing stories
and enjoying the magic of books.
Young Walter Scott Prize
- The prestigious Young Walter Scott Prize, a UK-wide historical
writing prize for 11-19 year olds is open for entries.
- Budding writers that have found themselves with more time on
their hands since the Coronavirus outbreak, have a golden
opportunity to explore the historical novelist within. The prize
challenges young people to write a piece of short fiction set in a
time before they were born.
- The winners receive a £500 travel grant and a 2-day trip to the
Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland where
they are presented with their prizes. All winning and highly
commended writers see their work published in the special YWSP
anthology and runners-up in each age category receive a book token.
Stories of between 800 and 2000 words can now be submitted until
the closing date of 31st October 2020. Entries are judged in two
age groups - 11 to 15 years and 16 to 19 years. Any kind of fiction
is accepted - prose, poetry, drama, fictional letters or
YouTube live story books
- Jez Alborough reading "Where's My
Teddy?" and "Albert and Little Henry"
- Eric Carle reading "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"
- B. J. Novak reads from "The Book With No Pictures"
- Drew Daywalt's "The Day the Crayons Quit"
- Andy Stanton reading all of his second Mr Gum
book: "Mr Gum and the Biscuit
- David Walliams reads an extract from "Gangsta Granny"
- Puffin storytime and podcasts available here.
The Education People's home learning
resource for English Key Stage 3
- The Secondary School Improvement Advisors have produced a PDF
containing useful Key Stage 3 curriculum links for home learning
opportunities. You can find that resource here.
- This revision resource has been
recommended by Secondary School Improvement Advisors to cover all
relevant Key Stage 3 subjects.
English (Key Stage 3)
Standards for all year groups:From phonics and reading
comprehension to writing strategies and more, IXL helps learners
develop the communication skills needed for success in school,
university and career.
- Writing tasks - All Creative Writing (Key
- 200 Word
Challenge - examples
of work; supporting
photographs and 25 minute descriptive
- Dice Game
- Photo box descriptions 1 / Photo box descriptions 2 / Photo box descriptions 3 / Photo box descriptions 4
- Photo prompts
- SHOW don't tell
- Upgrades - Feedback -
English (Key Stage 4)
- GCSE literature (Key Stage 4)
- Lord of the Flies
- Jekyll and Hyde
- General and mixed
Standards for all year groups: From phonics
and reading comprehension to writing strategies and more, IXL helps
learners develop the communication skills needed for success in
school, university and career.
Huge thanks to Lindsay
Prestage and Karen Sillifant from Kent Libraries, Registration and
Archives for sourcing many of these resources.