On Screen Dictionary

Use as a support for writing when working with a guided writing group. Display this resource on the IWB. When you need to check the spelling of a word, click on the pages to move them along.


Story Chest Cards

Large versions of the cards from the Story Chest



Illustrated Thesarus



The Story of Heracles

Using the story of the twelve labours of Heracles, children can read the story, sequence the pictures and add text to their own book.

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The Story of King Arthur and the Enchanted Sword

Using the story of King Arthur, children can read the story, sequence the pictures and add text to their own book.

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Don't Use Said

A great teaching resource for looking at alternatives to the word 'said' in written work.

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Other words to use rather than SAID

An animation of words to use as an alternative to 'said'. Children set the task of searching narratives for the alternatives came up with the words and they are featured in an interesting way. Not interactive but pupils could see how many words they can remember.

Writing Runway

Writing Runway

Objective: Y1: To write simple sentences.

Directed mainly at Year One. The adult enters the target sentence. Read the sentence with the children and then press the blue button.

Then ask the children to make the same sentence using the word bank.

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This activity allows you to create your own character and then talk and write about the person you have invented.

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Interactive Sentence Substitution Game

To practise reading words in sentences


Writing Frames

Writing frames provide a language scaffold that helps support students as they write.

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Communication Ideas using Posters, Newspapers and Comics

This website shows you how to design effective posters, newspapers and comics by going through the important elements of each. Later you can try out your own designs. A brilliant teaching tool.

Writing Types

Text Organiser

to help organise different types of writing, including informatoni reports, procedures, recounts, explanations, persuasion, discussion, narrative, response and descriptions.


Writing Invitations

This resource pack is designed to allow pupils to experiment with writing invitations. They will have to think of the appropriate layout and use images to make the invitation aesthetically pleasing. Pupils will be able to pick from a series of different events to design, make and print their invitations. There is a considerable amount of ICT as a key skill in this activity as they will be choosing the appropriate styles, images and editing their choices.

Starter activity

Main session




Lists and Instructions

This activity aims to encourage pupils to think of the need to carry out certain acts in a certain order. They will have to arrange a series of familiar activities into the correct order and will also get the chance to write their own set of instructions if the teacher deems this appropriate. This pack will address the following objectives:

  • to sequence a set of instructions of a familiar activity
  • to write their own set of instructions
  • to think about the reader when creating their instructions

Starter activity

Main session




Writing Instructions

Aimed at year 3 pupils, this explores the features of written instructions. It looks at the use of time words to show the order and of verbs.

This lesson explores the features of written instructions including the use of time words to help indicate an order and the use of action words. Pupils have the chance to follow instructions and develop their own.

The lesson could be used during a unit of work on writing, especially one that explores writing for purpose. Use of the whiteboard tools (eg pen, highlighter) would also enable the teacher to address other associated word-level work. 

Interactive whiteboard activity


How to make a cup of tea

Sequence the pictures, then write out a set of instructions on how to make a cup of tea.

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Using Verbs in Poetry

A lesson which looks at how verbs can add dramatic interest to poems.

This lesson explores the use of verbs to add dramatic interest to poems. The activities will encourage pupils to think more carefully about the use of verbs to describe action and should enable them to develop their knowledge of verbs and stimulate them to write more descriptive poems. The whiteboard activities will encourage whole class/group discussion, collaboration and participation.

The lesson could be used at the beginning of a unit of work on writing poetry or as an extension lesson at the end of work on verbs. The final whiteboard activity provides a stimulus for more open-ended poetry writing, though the example given could also be used as a template for less able children to follow. Use of the whiteboard tools (eg pen, highlighter) would also enable the teacher to address other word-level work associated with nouns/adjectives.


Acrostic Poems

An interactive tool which enables students to learn about and write acrostic poems.


Shape Poem

Draw shapes and add words to make a cool picture, choose an outline shape and fill it with words to make a poem or draw your own!

This inspirational Literacy resource provides Yr 2-6 pupils [P3 – 7 in Scotland and Northern Ireland] with the opportunity to create a personal response to the natural environment, in the form of poetry writing. Pupils may choose from a variety of given templates and pre-prepared word banks or work from their own ideas.

What do you do?

A selection of outline shapes is provided, or alternatively draw and paint tools can be used to create pupils' own shapes.  A comprehensive word bank is available to choose from, with an option for pupils to add their own words. The completed poems can be printed out 


My Monster

This is a writing frame for a poem which describes a monster. It has word banks of adjectives and demonstrates the use of similes.


The Farm

An appealing animation of animals which live on the farm. It is excellent for promoting language development. It has word banks so that the site can be used as a stimulus for a story or description of a setting.

  Elements of a Story

The "Elements of a Story" interactive takes the story of Cinderella and explores the different 'ingredients' that make up a story.



Using Similies to Enhance Writing Skills

A teaching aid to help children understand the use of similies in their writing.

The activities will enable the teacher to:

  • explore the term "simile"
  • share similes with the class
  • provide exercises on new similes using established models

Within each of the activities further information can be accessed in order to develop pupils' knowledge, support the lesson or for research.


text level - reading comprehension

  • to understand the use of figurative language in poetry and prose
  • locate use of simile

Starter activity

Main session part 1

Main session part 2




A good teaching resource for helping children to produce descriptive, persuasive writing. Suitable for Year 6.

By the end of this lesson students should know:

  • words used to persuade
  • words used to describe
  • how you can persuade by your writing
  • how you can describe in your writing