In order to supplement children's learning at home during this difficult time, we have arranged  access to First News, an award-winning iHub which is an invaluable tool to engage children and help develope their core literacy skills through the exploration of global news stories. This online teaching tool is comprised of interactive weekly comprehensions, vocabulary puzzles, polls and debates based on stories in First News. 

Reading Comprehension: Each question encourages understanding, critical thinking, discussion and debate. Multiple choice questions give instant feedback to pupils.

Vocabulary Puzzles: Focus on developing pupils’ vocabulary in the context of a news story by analysing with instant feedback to support learning

Each week, children earn points and on-line badges as they complete the tasks relating to the weekly updated news stories. 

Log-in details will be sent out for children across school, starting with year 6. We hope to have all log-ins sent out within the next few days.


A child's reading skills are important to their success in school as they will allow them to access the breadth of the curriculum and improve their communication and language kills. In addition, reading can be a fun and imaginative time for children, which opens doors to all kinds of new worlds for them.

With a very busy timetable, teachers currently do not have the time to listen to their children read as much as they would like to. You can help your child by encouraging them to read or by reading with them at home every night, for at least 10 minutes. We hope that you and your child create many loving memories as you explore books together. Sharing a book together with your child is time for bonding, relaxing and gives you the opportunity to escape into another world with your child. Parents are the most important educators in a child’s life – even more important than their teachers.

Why is Reading so Important? 

Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to a children's educational performance. Likewise, evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who do not, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased in general knowledge and a better understanding of of other cultures.  In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.

1. Children who read often and widely get better at it.

After all, practice makes perfect in almost everything humans do, and reading in no different.


2. Reading exercises our brain.

Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain rather than watching TV, for example. Reading strengthens brains connections and builds NEW connections.


3. Reading improves concentration.

Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If the read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.


4. Reading teaches children about the world around them.

Through reading a variety of books children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience.


5. Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.

Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what is printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. It is important for them to understand how stories work too. Even if your child does not understand every word, they will hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking. 


6. Reading develops a child's imagination.

As we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. While we are engaged in a story we are also imagining how a character is feeling. Young children then bring this knowledge into their everyday play.


7. Reading helps children to develop empathy.

As children develop they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.


8. Reading is fun.

A book or an e-reader doesn't take up much space and is light to carry, so you take it anywhere so you can never be bored if you have a book in your bag.


9. Reading is a great way to spend time together.

Reading together on the sofa, bedtimes stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together.


10. Children who read achieve better in school.

Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.It is a well known fact that good readers make good writers. 

Top 10 tips to help children enjoy reading.

To help make reading enjoyable and fun, here is what the experts and authors recommend to help get children reading

 1. Make books part of your family life – Always have books around so that you and your children are ready to read whenever there’s a chance. Stories can be shared with the family so why not invite siblings or other family members to join in. Take time to look together at the words and pictures in a story and when reading take it in turns. 
 2. Join your local library – Get your child a library card. You’ll find the latest video games, blu-rays and DVDs, plus tons and tons of fantastic books. Allow them to pick their own books, encouraging their own interests. 
3. Match their interests – Help them find the right book - it doesn’t matter if it’s fiction, poetry, comic books or non-fiction. Don't be afraid to use funny voices - it's a great way to make your child giggle. 
4. All reading is good – Don’t discount non-fiction, comics, graphic novels, magazines and leaflets. Reading is reading and it is all good. 
5. Get comfortable! – Snuggle up somewhere warm and cosy with your child, either in bed, on a beanbag or on the sofa, or make sure they have somewhere comfy when reading alone. 
6. Ask questions – To keep them interested in the story, ask your child questions as you read such as, ‘What do you think will happen next?’ or ‘Where did we get to last night? Can you remember what had happened already?’ When you talk to your child about what is happening in a book, give them plenty of time to respond. 
7. Read whenever you get the chance – Bring along a book or magazine for any time your child has to wait, such as at a doctor’s surgery. 
8. Read again and again – Encourage your child to re-read favourite books and poems. Re-reading helps to build up fluency and confidence. 
9. Bedtime stories – Regularly read with your child or children at bedtime. It’s a great way to end the day and to spend valuable time with your child. 
10. Rhyme and repetition – Books and poems which include rhyme and repetition are great for encouraging your child or children to join in and remember the words. “We need

Irrespective of whether they are fluent readers or not, you can play an important role in helping to keep them interested in books. Find out what interests them, help them to find books that will be engaging and fun, and spend time reading the books they bring home from school together.


Message from Sheffield Libraries

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Sheffield City Council closed all library and archive service points to the public from Friday 20th March. This relates to all libraries in the city run by the Council and their archives at Shoreham Street. They have extended return dates for books and no fines will be incurred during this period of closure. Customers with reservations will not be able to collect them at this time. They continue to provide online library services via our e-library and for a simple registration process to become a member visit:


Additional titles to the e-book catalogue will continue to be updated and you can download to read on your devices for free. We also have a large range of e-audio books, e-comics and a good selection of current e-magazines, also accessible free of charge. The eLibrary service can be found at


How we provide library services during this time will be constantly reviewed. For updates to library services including the Home Library Service check their website, shefflibraries.blogspot.com or social media channels on www.facebook.com/shefflibraries and Twitter on www.twitter.com/SheffLibraries For their online book club visit www.goodreads.com

From fact-filled adventures to sing-along sessions, we've got 6 audiobook picks that'll entertain the whole family!


There are some good resources on here, some you have to pay for but some are free for a period of time.

Might be worth a look.

Oxford Reading Owl have produced top tips for helping your child to read at home on their website. What is your child's favourite book and favourite place to read it? Send us a photo.  


Head over to this Fun and Learning hub for book recommendations and free activities for young readers of all ages, from pre-schoolers to teens! 📚


Let your children listen to stories being read by real authors. There are many authors and books to choose from:

BookTrust is dedicated to helping keep your family entertained whilst we're all at home. They're updating their website regularly with free books, games, readings from celebrated children's authors, drawing lessons with our favourite illustrators, quizzes and much more. Come and join the fun on BookTrust HomeTime!

There are over 100 free books you can access here. E-books that you can read together as well as audio books.


Yay! The World of David Walliams is releasing an audio story from The World’s Worst Children every day over the next 30 days!


World Book Online have just made their fabulous collection of over 3,000 ebooks and audiobooks available for free for children to access at home. They have books suitable for all ages. Click on the following link to access them.

Download this pack of four fun activity sheets for ages 5-8 based on the brilliant young fiction book Lottie Luna and the Bloom Garden by Vivian French.

We could all use a little Grover right now.


ATTENTION KIDS (and parents)! I’ll be doing LIVE readings of my children’s books every Monday in April, starting this Monday at 6:30pm.

Whether you want to watch for a bedtime story, use as part of your home schooling, or maybe just to watch a story while mum & dad have a cuppa for five minutes, I’d love you to join me. You can watch live on my YouTube channel or on Instagram. See you Monday! #reading #childrensbooks #books #bedtimestories #stories #storyhttps://m.facebook.com/officialtomfletcher/photos/a.10150859474680572/10158635029950572/?type=3


New FOOTBALL comprehension pack on Literacy Shed Plus. Six 'History of Football' comprehensions for children aged 10-11


Finding it hard to understand Grammar terms and concepts? Here is a guide to help you.


So you’ve set up a free account with Twinkl. What next?

(If you haven’t set up a free account yet, follow this guide: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/r680w)

The Twinkl website is chock-full of useful resources and activities. It might be a bit tricky to know where to start. Make sure to have a look at the School Closure page > https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/jmqio for more information, guides for parents and teachers, and links to some useful resources.

Free maths, science and literacy packs, plus fun games and activities thrown in for good measure.Our Royal Mint Kids Hub is designed to help with homeschooling and keep children entertained during the Covid-19 lockdown.


Teachit English, along with all the Teachit sites, is offering FREE, UNLIMITED ACCESS to all ALL our resources. No codes, no tie-in, no payment details required. Please share with any schools/teachers/parents/carers.


Grammarsaurus now have a free resource section filled with home-learning activities for anyone who wants to download them. We will add more to this over the coming weeks. Please follow this link to access:- 


This flap activity encourages children to retell the Easter story by splitting the story up into it's key parts. Great for a full lesson or an activity at home. Take a look: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/79ei2

I've just looked at this and you can go back to lesson 1, which covers the basics of nouns and adjectives. It then moves on to verbs. Children learn a rap song to help them remember grammatical terms. Learning in a fun way.

Go and give yourselves a well deserved treat 🥂 It’s exhausting balancing working from home and teaching our children but we’re smashing it! We’ve got this!

Twinkl’s Home Learning Hub has got you covered with new activities, live lessons and more added every day. Find out more here 👉https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/cv27g

To support parents and guardians with structuring and delivering home learning for children, TES have gathered a collection of teacher-created learning resources designed to engage both primary and secondary students and help them learn and study outside of their usual classroom environment.

All of these resources are completely free to download and use and include lessons, worksheets, workbooks and activities across a multitude of subject disciplines, ranging from EYFS to KS4 (GCSE). With these resources, you can be confident that students will remain engaged and challenged throughout this period of social distancing and isolation.https://www.tes.com/teachi…/teacher-essentials/home-learning

Our FREE English, Maths and Science courses are perfect for home learning and available for free while schools are closed. Learning materials and questions for 6-16 year olds. Tailored to your child's skills and knowledge.

This might be useful if you are trying to plan ahead and get some activities organised for the coming week. Don't forget that there are activities for Science and Theme on our year group home learning page for the coming week.This is a link to some of the best sites out there for teaching science from home.

We know how difficult this time is for teachers, parents and children. To help, we’d like to offer Alan’s Exciting Sentences Pupil Edition all for free for the foreseeable future. Children can use this app on their own devices to help with their writing of fiction and non-fiction, save their work and come back to it. Schools, you can download it for free using your VPP account. We hope you find this useful.

Stay safe, and look after each other.


Phonics: RWI speed sounds live daily lessons at 9.30am, 10am, 10.30am, 12.30pm, 1.00pm, 1.30pm:


Good morning everyone! If you are looking for some lovely literacy, art, numeracy, STEM, science and Lego Challenges to do over the next couple of weeks, this is FREE and all Easter themed 🐰🐣🥚


Audible - free online stories:


The Training Space super sentence stacking everyday at particular times during the day:

Or you could get your child to spend 15 minutes a day writing a diary entry about their day. One day they will look back at this and be glad they did this. In schools we still have diary entries from children during WW2!

Phonics Play

All of Lalilo Premium is now entirely FREE! All users can access Lalilo premium until the end of the school year!


With remote learning becoming a real possibility, I’m delighted that our Power English: Writing resources have been made completely FREE to access...Our Genre-Booklets in particular are perfect for keeping children writing while they are at home!



More reading comprehension are available to download from here. Just added another comprehension pack to Literacy Shed Plus


The ‘Spelling Shed - which is a spelling platform designed by a team of Primary School teachers. It is built with primary school pupils, teachers and parents in mind and aims to make spelling fun for children. It works in a similar way to Times Table Rock Stars and each class and the school have a league against schools nationally and internationally. This can be a huge incentive to pupils. The programme is free for computers, however, if you want to access using an app you would need to pay a small additional cost. For more information, see the attached link.


Struggling to get your child to practise their spellings? This might help.


This website is offering free maths and english resources.

Give your child a positive early introduction to the world of Maths and English. Start helping your child today with our great resources, ensuring a lifelong enjoyment.

This link has some great ideas for children to practise essential reading skills.

The Literacy Shed #TeacherTuesday

Extract: https://bit.ly/3bGgxT7
Accompanying materials: https://bit.ly/2w09XHV

Ian Blands website https://www.ianbland.com/blog/ is packed with ready to use fun poetry writing activities that your children will love.

Ideas include list poems, kennings, rhythm and rhyme, puzzles, powerful verbs, blackout poetry, shape poems, univocalics, mesostics and LOADS MORE! All free and ready to use.

Poetry should be part of the educational armoury that will keep you and your children busy AND healthy during this crisis- I just hope that I can be of some help during this trying time for all the fab teachers out there doing their bit.

Ian Bland

As you can see from the examples pictured Blackout poems are an easy, effective and fun way for children in both KS1 and KS2 to write an…

British Council - Resources for English language learning 

We know how difficult this time is for teachers, parents and children. To help, we’d like to offer Alan’s Exciting Sentences Pupil Edition all for free for the foreseeable future. Children can use this app on their own devices to help with their writing of fiction and non-fiction, save their work and come back to it. Schools, you can download it for free using your VPP account. We hope you find this useful.Stay safe, and look after each other.



As a social enterprise, CENTURY has pledged to give their learning platform free of charge to any school affected by coronavirus. They have said that this is not a trial and there is no charge and you will have access while schools are closed. They provide learning resources in English, maths and science, all aligned to the National Curriculum: You will need to visit https://app.century.tech/login/. You will need to enter the class code below along with your child's email address. If a child does not have an email address, they recommend setting one up. The account is then created and children can start learning straight away. CENTURY have said that they will provide them with a personalised learning path tailored to their skills and knowledge.
The year group login codes are as follows:

Year 3 - 3B4F58
Year 4 - 3B4FSA
Year 5 - 3B4GG7
Year 6 - 65GX7U

Three new activity packs just added to www.literacyshedplus.com Just click 'Free resources' Great for home learning and mixed-age groups.

Head start primary -

Are you looking for resources to use at home during the school closures? They are giving away FREE Maths and English Learning Activity Booklets for Years 1 to 6. Please note: unfortunately, we don't supply resources for Reception class at present. However, we believe that the Year 1 download may be helpful to children currently in Reception class.

We've put together learning activity pages for the Maths and English curriculum to help you teach your children at home. Download yours for FREE!

Anyone can access BBC Teach and BBC Bitesize for free. Their websites are home to thousands of free educational videos, guides and audio clips, as well as

an archive of spectacular Live Lessons.Also try BBC Learning This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer. The BBC is also working on extra content specifically for children to access at home. Choose a subject area and then choose a relevant topic which has been covered in your year group since the beginning of this academic year.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary or https://www.facebook.com/1904568533203172/posts/2549278108732208/   or  http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/