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Learning to Read


Guided Reading and Reading Games with Roy the Zebra Flash


A wonderful guided reading story with accompanying printable worksheets and guided reading discussion sheets. There are 80 interactive literacy games, stories and songs for use in school or at home. Well worth a look!


Starfall - Learn to Read Not Flash


A good learning to read site. There are good quality games and animated stories which children can interact with. The children can click on words to see what they say. Excellent for learning the sounds the letters make.


Wordmaker Long Vowel Sounds 2 Flash


A good phonics teaching tool for demonstrating cvcs. Drag and drop cvcs into the wordmaking machine.


Wordmaker Long Vowels 3 Flash


An interactive resource where pupils use the Wordmaker machine to make words where long vowel sounds are spelt with split digraphs (a-e, i-e, o-e, and u-e). Sometimes known as Magic 'e'.


Useful Websites for Reading


  • Active Learn: Our online learning environment, with lots of fun books for children to read/share.

  • BBC Nursery songs: A collection of nursery songs from the Early Learning series Listen and Play and Playtime, both of which are currently available on iplayer and as podcasts

  • Book Trust: Suggested books for children, advice on how to read with your child, book lists, fun games, competitions to win free books, Children's Book Club etc.

  • Love Reading: Expert recommendations and opening extracts of books.

  • Oxford Owl: Phonics advice and access to free E-Books. Free to register.

  • Pearson: Publisher’s website designed to give parents help and advice for reading with children.

  • Phonics: A useful website featuring free resources for KS1 (and the option of subscribing)



Others – mainly American, so be aware of different spellings/ pronunciation!

  • Non- fiction Magazine: A non fiction magazine for younger children, which they can follow along with as it is read to them.

  • Starfall: Some free content on here for beginning readers.

  • Storyline: Storyline Online features accomplished actors and actresses reading some of their favourite children’s books. Each story comes with a free Activity Guide and can be viewed on YouTube or SchoolTube.

  • Storynory: Storynory features a collection of original, fairytale, and classic children’s audio stories.