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Phonics and Reading

Here are some helpful phonics and early reading resources to help your child at home. As there are no home reading books going home at the moment, there are some great alternatives which you can access free of charge. If you are unsure of your child's current phonic's level/book band, please contact their class teacher who will be happy to provide this information.


Read Write Inc. are doing live phonics sessions twice a day. Phonics lessons will be on Facebook and YouTube for children to watch at home; three short Speed Sound lessons with one of their trainers every day. Films will only be available at the times below:

Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am and again at 12.30 pm
Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am and again at 1.00 pm
Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am and again at 1.30 pm



Lots of books available to help children practise early reading and phonics. Children will be familiar with some of these books from school. You can search by age, book band or phonics level (your child's class teacher will supply you with this information). You need to register but it is completely free.



A free website full of phonics games and reading activities. You need to register but it is completely free.

Times Tables Rockstars

TT Rockstars is an online virtual learning environment which allows children to develop their ability to recall number facts quickly. There are different areas within the site for chidlren to explore. When children log on initally, they are to take part in a series of 'tests' which enables the system to assess what level your child is working at. Once this has been completed, your child will be asked questions matched to their level. There will be a mix of easy and challenging questions to ensure your child can recall simpler facts whilst also challenging them to develop their ability to recall harder ones.

TT Rockstars can be accessed here:

There are two game modes on TT Rockstars

Mode 1 - Single Player

Garage - Children will complete questions automatically selected based on their abilities.

Soundcheck - 20 questions each with a 5 second time limit. 5 coins are earned per correct answer. 

Studio - Children try to improve their speed for answering questions. The quicker their studio speed, the better their 'Rock Status'. 

If you take longer than 10 secs to answer each question you are classed as a = Wannabe

Less than 10 secs per question = Garage Rocker
Less than 9 secs per question = Busker
Less than 8 secs per question = Gigger
Less than
7 secs per question = Unsigned Act

Less than 6 secs per question = Breakthrough Artist

Less than 5 secs per question = Support Act
Less than 4 secs per question = Headliner
Less than 3 secs per question = Rock Star
Less than
2 secs per question = Rock Legend

Less than 1 sec per question = Rock Hero

Certificates will be printed out for all the children with their latest 'Rock Status' when we return to school.

Mode 2 - Multiplayer

Rock Arena - Children compete against members of their class who might be online at the same time as them. Questions are based on each child's level.

Rock Festival - Similar to the Rock Arena but this time children are competing against players from around the world. Random questions selected from 1x1 to 12x12.

Rock Slam - In this mode, children can challenge people from school (even teachers) to a Rock contest.  Answer as many questions as you can within 1 minute!

Purple Mash

Purple Mash is a fantastic creative online space from 2Simple. Purple Mash hosts an exciting mash-up of curriculum focused activities, creative tools, programs and games to support and inspire creative learning every day. From poems to newspapers, masks and 3D models, animations and textured paintings, Purple Mash can support your creative curriculum throughout the year. As Purple Mash is online, children can continue their learning anywhere and anytime.

There are a whole host of resources on the site and can be accessed. Purple Mash have also created some packs of resources which will support you at home if you need it and which will be released on a weekly basis. These can be accessed on the site through the links on the right:


Adventures In Learning: fun education packs for parents and primary-age children

Take a look at these free creative learning packs specially developed by teacher and education expert Debra Kidd for parents and children currently learning at home. The packs, exclusive to NEU, are aimed at children of different ages, from Reception to Year 6. They’re designed to support and encourage you and your children to enjoy reading together and to explore the world through stories, talk and activities.

Easy to use and designed for you to dip in and out of, the packs are there to inspire and spark imagination. Simply use them as suits you and your children, depending on time, energy and levels of interest. The age ranges are there as a guide, but some children may want to explore several packs.

We hope you have fun on your learning journeys! Click on the link below to access. 

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