Teaching resources - English - Primary

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Find teaching resources, lesson plans and worksheets for KS1 and KS2 level English pupils. Scroll down to search resources by key stage.

Links go to both general educational websites and individual resources to be used for planning lessons or demonstrating to pupils. All resources are free, but you may need to sign up to the website to access some of them.

Key stage 1

BBC KS1 English

Objectives and teaching activities to support KS1 English from the BBC.

TES - English KS1 resources

The full collection of English KS1 teaching resources, lesson plans and learning ideas from TES.

TES - Resource - Year 1 Autumn planning

A year 1 plan for the Autumn term that is easy to adapt for your own planning.

Key stages 1 and 2

Primary Resources - English

Plenty of English resources  and ideas from primaryresources.co.uk

Teach It - English resources

English teaching resources from teachit.co.uk

BBC - English learning interactive games

A selection of online games and adventures to help pupils learn capital letters, punctuation and more.

TES - Resource - Interactive starters and plenaries

A collection of starters and plenaries from TES members on their primary teaching forum.

TES - Resource - Big Writing criteria

Criteria for use with Big Writing, from levels 1 to 5.

Phonics Play - Website - Online phonics games

Free interactive online phonics games for each of the phases. Also daily lesson plans based on letters and sounds.

TES - Resource - VCOP quick fire activities

A selection of quick fire activities (suitable for use in plenary or as 5 minute time fillers) to encourage children to think about Vocabulary, Connectives, Openings and Punctuation.

Pukekos - Website - Spelling activities

Lots of great ideas of how to help pupils to spell correctly and fun ways of making sure that their learning sticks.

TES - Resource - Spelling handbook

Background information for teachers about common spelling patterns, useful strategies, including mnemonics, and spelling and phonic games

Key stage 2

BBC - KS2 English

Objectives and teaching activities to support KS2 English from the BBC.

TES - Resource - Thinking on the spot game

A fun powerpoint game, where pupils have ten seconds to name as many items within a category as possible. Perfect for the last five minutes of the day.


Random name selector

The random name selector makes sure that every pupil has an equal chance of being selected – and no one can afford to switch off!

What are your top teaching resources for key stages 1 and 2 English? Add them to the comments section below.

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