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Home Learning

Reading allows us to be transported from our own world to another. Between the pages of a book, we can become immersed in the lives of fictional characters and learn about a culture entirely different from our own. We can also learn new words and phrases, experience a range of emotions, and acquire skills and knowledge.

Because of the learning potential, the effects of reading on child development are vast and multiple studies have highlighted its benefits.

The importance of reading for children cannot be underestimated. Reading for pleasure can benefit a child’s education, social and cognitive development, their wellbeing, and their mental health.

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Below is a list of websites that you may find useful to look at to support your child's learning in English- the links are provided, just hover your mouse over the name and click.

Please be aware that these websites are external to the school and we are not responsible for their content or advertising.



Teach your monster to read

Top Marks- Phonics

Top Marks- Learning to read

Letters and Sounds

Phonics Play

ICT Games- Phonics

Alphablocks guide to Phonics



The Literacy Shed

Oxford Owl- Story Writing

Story Writing Tips

Top Marks- Literacy Foundation Stage

Top Marks- Key Stage 1

Top Marks- Key Stage 2


SPaG (Spelling Punctuation and Grammar)

BBC Spelling and Grammar

Top Marks- Key Stage 1

Top Marks Key Stage 2



Love Reading 4 Kids

Oxford Owl

Words for Life

Roald Dahl Website

The Guardian- Children's Books

Book for Keeps

Book Trust