Learning and Book Websites We Love

There is SO much information and advice on the Internet when it comes to supporting your child’s learning and it can sometimes be overwhelming.    Here is a list of the ones that we have found particulary helpful and supportive.

Literacy resources

Learning to read

Oxford Owl   This is a lovely website brought to you by Oxford University Press and the publishers of the Oxford Reading Tree reading programm, used in 80% of UK primary schools.   There are even some fun activities and games to play with Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy.

Letters and Sounds   Here you will find a whole range of resources based around the DfES Letters and Sounds phonics programme.   The site is broken down into phases and each phase has an introduction, resources and games.

Learning to write

Scribblitt, Sparking Creativity.   Are you a budding writer or illustrator?  Well, here’s your chance to see your own stories in print.   This lovely website helps you create your own books by uploading your text and chosen pictures.    As the site says,  ”Scribblitt is a launch pad for creativity where kids grab an idea, and using tools provided and collaboration with other kids, teachers, writers and publishers, take it where they want to go, making their own characters, story and illustrations come to life in a professional product.”   My daughter has loved creating her own book of poems and is eagerly awaiting the arrival of her ‘published’ book.    Please note: this is an American site but I do know that the owners of the site are working hard to provide overseas shipping for UK visitors to the site.

100 Word Challenge, brought to you by The Head’s Office   The 100 Word Challenge is a weekly challenge for children under 16 years where they are given a prompt and have to write a creative piece using only 100 words. The prompt can be a few connected words, some individual words or a picture.   It is hopefully something that will spark their imaginations.

Some teachers are using it for homework whilst others follow it in a more formal way, using class time to start the writing. For some classes, it has been the extension of their Big Writing, VCOP or CARPIE work. For others, it is an opportunity for children to write freely.

What is different about the 100 WC is the audience! The children post their pieces to their class blogs which are then linked to the Head’s Office. From here they are able to visit and comment on each other’s work. The commenting is not only another learning tool for teachers to use but it provides great motivation for the children. Having someone other than their class teacher read and make suggestions for improvement in their work has seen some amazing improvements in some of the children’s writing.

Maths resources

A Maths Dictionary For Kids   An animated, interactive online maths dictionary for students which explains over 600 common mathematical terms and maths words in simple language.

Maths is Fun   Look out for the geometry section.   You get to spin and explode 3-dimensional shapes.

Mad 4 Maths    This is a great website focussed on helping children and parents of children in Key Stage 2.   As any parent of KS2 knows, the methods of teaching maths to our children have changed a lot from those taught to us as parents.   This website explains how the four main calculations are now taught.   There are some great links for further maths websites and games to play.

Count On   Oodles of brilliant games, activities, ideas, pictures and facts.   One to explore!

Woodlands Maths Page   Here is a smart page of links taking you to activities and websites covering the different areas of KS2 maths.  Very useful.

BBC KS2 Bitesize   An excellent series of resources covering the main areas of maths – number; shape, space and measures; handling data.   Each section has a game to play, further reading and a quiz.

Curriculum-wide Resources

Show Me - “We show you cool, crazy, wild, scary stuff from the UK’s museums and galleries.”   It is a collection of online games and interactive content produced by the UK’s museums and galleries for children aged 4-11.   Topics are divided into Art and Design, Science and Technology, Dinosaurs, Pre-history, Ancient Civilisations, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Romans, Tudors, Victorians, 20th Century Britain, Natural World and Everything Else.

Woodlands Junior School, Kent    This is a most amazing website set up by a Primary School in Kent, England.   It covers just about every aspect of the primary school curriculum, ages 7-11, and more.    Fantastic resource for homework and project help.

SEN Teacher     Please don’t be put off by the title of this website because it is an incredibly rich source of materials, links, printables and resources for all children (and all children are special!).   There are coin worksheets, make and draw clock worksheets, nets to print off to create common 3-D shapes and so on.   And for literacy, there is a wordsearch generator and pre-writing worksheets which help with fine-motor skills and pencil control.   Also, there is an excellent links section which provides further resources and pages relating to particular areas of special needs.

We would love to know your recommendations for great learning websites.   We love trying out new sites and it is great to share amongst friends!   Please reply below or use the contact form on the Contact page.   Thank you.

3 Responses to Learning and Book Websites We Love

  1. Debbie Young says:

    Hi Yvonne

    We’ve just come across your website and think it’s fantastic! I work at Read for Good, the charity that runs the Readathon sponsored reading scheme in schools nationwide to encourage children to read for pleasure and benefit from all the lifelong advantages that recreational reading brings. The sponsorship money goes to help seriously ill children via other charities, CLIC Sargent and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charities. We provide a lovely FREE resource pack to participating schools including a free bookmark and sponsorship card with cool logos and book ads (our materials are partly sponsored by publishers) and the scheme is really easy to run. It can be run at any time of year. We also provide free books to school libraries to the value of 20% of their sponsorship total. So as you can see, we’re pretty passionate about children’s reading too! We’re just in the throes of revamping our website and would love to set up a link to yours and hope you will want to link to ours too. Have just “liked” you via Facebook and followed you on Twitter too – leaving no stone unturned here! Looking forward to reading your posts! Best wishes from all at the Readathon office (in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire) – we’ve all got primary school aged children too, which makes our work even more interesting!

    • Yvonne Keen says:

      Hi Debbie
      Thanks for your lovely comments. It is always heartwarming to come across others who can’t get enough of books, especially children’s books. I certainly can’t. My husband despairs at the amount of children’s books that enter our house! But I just can’t seem to help myself. I am currently looking into books for children who have read all of Roald Dahl’s, loved them and are looking for something equally interesting, imaginative, strange, unusual, etc, etc. I will certainly look into what Readathon and Read for Good do and as, like you, I have two primary aged children I will passing on the details to their school. And of course, I will like your facebook page and follow you avidly on Twitter. We’re off to the Cheltenham Book Festival this weekend, as it happens, to listen to David Walliams talk about his children’s books. I read two of his and they are very funny but also very touching.

  2. Please consider adding Scribblitt.com to your recommended websites for writing. Writing helps develop one’s cognitive growth, improves organizational skills, and strengthens one’s persuasiveness. Currently shipping is only available in the USA, however, we are working on the International shipping and should have it up and running in January. In the meantime, there is plenty to do and explore from writing tools, to illustration tools, to celebrity author interviews, to fun word games. Check it out at http://www.scribblitt.com.

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