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Phonics, Stories, Reading and Writing

Accelerated Reader

Parents of KS2 children (and some Year 2 children) will know that their children use a system called Accelerated Reader where they read a book from our school library and then take a quiz about the book they've read before moving onto their next one. They normally find the quiz number they need on a sticker in the front of their book, but obviously other books that they find to read won't have this. 

To find the quiz to go with other books they read you or your child will need to visit

and type in the title of the book they've read. This will give a quiz code. They can then visit

log in as usual and do their quiz. 

The children will know how to do this - please check with their class teacher if you aren't sure of their log in. 

Read, Write, Inc. Online

Read, Write, Inc. (the phonics scheme we use in school) are providing online lessons each day. Perfect for Reception and Year 1, and some older children too.

Oxford Owl Ebooks

Oxford Owl are offering free ebooks of the banded books children read at school. If you aren't sure of what level your child is working at you may be able to find the information in their reading diary, on their current reading book or by asking their class teacher. 

Reading Eggs

Reading Eggs is a constant favourite for our younger children, particularly KS1. There are lots of phonics based activities and games for them to work their way through online. Ask your child's teacher if you don't know their password. 

Phonics Play

Lots of phonics based games and resources, largely suitable for children in Reception and KS1, but some older children may enjoy it too. During school closures they are giving free access to the site, using the login details which are on their page. 

Vocabulary Ninja

Vocabulary Ninja provide a word of the day, which could provide a valuable 5 minutes of vocabulary building in your busy home schooling day. 

Sir Link-a-lot

Spelling games for KS2 children, temporarily free. 

Phonics Play Comics

A selection of free comics which are organised by the phonic sounds they use. You can pick a comic which is at an appropriate level for your child since they don't have access to their usual levelled books.

First News

First News is a newspaper written just for kids. Usually we get paper copies delivered to school, but during school closures they're sending out electronic copies by email! 


Audible are releasing a selection of children's stories for free at the moment. With stories about everything from Winnie the Pooh to Minecraft to Vampires there's bound to be something your child will enjoy listening to. 

Dorset Libraries

Dorset Libraries work with a couple of apps called cloudLibrary and BorrowBox. Between these two they offer a wide selection of free ebooks and audio books (including lots to keep the grown-ups busy). Please visit the website above for details of how to sign up. 


This one is only for children who have a Lexia account. Ask your child if you're not sure. The first time you log on you'll need to enter your teacher's email address, but after that they can just log in with their own username and password like they do at school. 

Schoolreaders Storytime - 'The Ravenous Beast' by Niamh Sharkey

The ravenous beast is hungry; he’s hungry, hungry, hungry. But is he the hungriest animal of all?

Reading age: 5+

Schoolreaders Storytime - 'One is a snail, ten is a crab' by April Pulley Sayre

If one is a snail and two is a person, we must be counting by feet!

Reading age: 3+

Schoolreaders Storytime - 'This is Our House' by Michael Rosen

A book about the power of sharing. George says the cardboard house is his and no one else can share it.

Reading age: 5+

Optional activities to accompany each story can be found here