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Words for Life

Words for Life’s aim is to inspire more people to read, more regularly, for both pleasure and personal advancement. Useful booklists especially chosen to appeal to less confident readers. Free resources matched to books.

Parents

Partly tablet-friendly

3-11 year olds
Teaching Library

Teaching Library has free teaching ideas and lesson resources linked to children's books and literature. A brilliant teaching resource.

Teachers

Tablet-friendly

5-11 year olds
Newspapers for Schools

The Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA) offers two free services designed to make easy use of newspaper material in UK schools. One is a free licence which permits legal copying of news print and the other a PDF News Library.

Teachers

Tablet-friendly

7-16 year olds
Santa's Little Helper

It's Christmas Eve and Santa is getting ready to make his delivery of presents to boys and girls all round the world. Find out in this story how he can deliver all the presents in time.

Pupils

Not tablet-friendly

3-7 year olds
Teach Your Monster to Read

A free game for young children to practise the first steps of reading. The game is built on the principles of synthetic phonics and follows the teaching sequence of the Letters and Sounds programme.

Teachers, Pupils, Parents

Not tablet-friendly

5-7 year olds
The Literacy Shed

The Literacy Shed is home to a wealth of visual resources with teaching ideas suitable for use in the primary classroom. There are some fabulous animations to use as stimulus for writing.

Teachers

Tablet-friendly

5-11 year olds
Visual Dictionary Online

The dictionary with a new point of view. Explore the 15 major themes to access more than 6,000 images and see words like never before.

Teachers, Pupils

Tablet-friendly

7-14 year olds
Brenda Williams Poems

Delightful poems for children by Brenda Williams on themes such as summer, winter, autumn, baby poems, festivals and celebrations and nonsense poems. There are also teaching ideas too.

Teachers, Pupils

Tablet-friendly

5-11 year olds
World Stories

World Stories is a growing collection of stories from around the World. The collection includes retold traditional tales and new short stories in the 21 languages most spoken by UK children. Read or listen to the stories.

Teachers, Pupils, Parents

Tablet-friendly

5-11 year olds
FindMeWords

Findmewords is the first dictionary to collect more than 450,000 words in English and classify them to offer users all kinds of dictionaries and search tools to find the word they are looking for such as rhyming, synonyms, antonyms and more.

Teachers, Pupils, Parents

Tablet-friendly

10-18 year olds
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