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20 October 2014
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Curriculum relevance

The interactive games and print off activities on this site address the following requirements of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1/Scotland 5-14A.



  • phonological awareness and phonics in order to: hear, identify and blend phonemes in words, recognise and explore rhyme, alliteration and sound patterns and relate these to patterns in letters.
  • word recognition and graphic knowledge, in order to: recognise words with common spelling patterns.
  • to read on sight high-frequency words and other familiar words.
Range of texts:
  • stories and poems with familiar settings and those based on imaginary or fantasy worlds,
  • stories plays and poems by significant children's authors
  • retellings of traditional folk and fairy stories
  • stories plays and poems with patterned and predictable language
  • stories and poems that are challenging in terms of length or vocabulary
  • texts where the use of language benefits from being read aloud and reread. poems with familiar settings and those based on imaginary or fantasy worlds, literature with patterned and predictable language, texts where the use of language benefits from being read aloud and reread.

  • When composing pupils should be taught to put their ideas into sentences, vary their writing depending on purpose and reader, use texts they read as models for their own writing. Pupils should draw on their prior experience of literacy, including: how sounds are represented in print.
  • In spelling pupils should be taught to use their knowledge of sound-symbol relationships and phonological patterns, recognise and use simple spelling patterns.
  • The range of readers for writing should include teachers, other adults, children,the writers themselves.


  • Pupils should be given opportunities to use ICT equipment and software confidently... and should be given opportunities to use a variety of ICT equipment carry out a variety of functions in a range of contexts:
  • 'Controlling and Modelling' - a) to recognise that control is integral to many everyday devices b)give direct signals or commands that produce a variety of outcomes and describe the effects of their actions.

the Literacy Hour

The resources on this site fall into specific areas that are introduced at different stages of the NLS Framework of teaching objectives for Year 1 and 2:
  • CVC Words - Year 1 Term 1
    - to discriminate and segment all three phonemes in CVC words;
    - to blend phonemes to read CVC words in rhyming and non-rhyming sets;
    - to represent in writing the three phonemes in CVC words, spelling them first in rhyming sets, then in non-rhyming sets;
  • Consonant Clusters - Year 1 Term 2
    - to investigate, read and spell words ending in ff, ll, ss, ck
    - to discriminate, read and spell words with final consonant clusters, e.g. nd, lp, st;
    - to identify separate phonemes within words containing clusters in speech and writing;
    - to blend phonemes in words with clusters for reading;
  • Long Vowel Sounds - Year 1 Term 3
    - the common spelling patterns for each of the long vowel phonemes: ee ai ie oa oo (long as in moon)
  • Long Vowel Phonemes - Year 2
    - to learn the common spelling patterns for the vowel phonemes: ow, oy, ar, deep u, air, or, aw, ir and ear;
    - to identify them in speech and writing;
    - to blend them for reading and segment them for spelling;

  • High Frequency Words - throughout Key Stage One
    - to read on sight high frequency words (approximately 200 listed). By the end of Y2, pupils should be able to read all of the listed words easily, in and out of context.
  • Magic Pencil - throughout Key Stage One
    - to practise handwriting in conjunction with spelling and independent writing, ensuring correct letter orientation, formation and proportion, in a style that makes the letters easy to join later.

    This site provides complete lesson plans for the Literacy Hour, including 'shared texts' for whole class work and a variety of interactive games and printable activity sheets for independent/group work. Teachers with access to an 'interactive white board' may also find many of the games suitable for whole class work.

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Printable resources
Poems and lesson plans for the Literacy Hour.
Curriculum relevance
How these activities fit in to the National Curriculum.

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