Swansea Virtual School

Key Stage 2/3 – Language, Literacy and Communication

English Literacy

Audible has released a collection of audiobooks for free, which it says will be available ‘for as long as schools are closed’


English with Holly

The Book of Hopes https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/9-12/book-hopes/
Literacy materials from author – Oliver Jeffers http://www.oliverjeffersworld.com/
Literacy materials from author – Emily Gravett https://www.emilygravett.com/
Guides to help with drawing characters from favourite children books https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/series/how-to-draw
Collections of books and activities  for reading online https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/
Collections of books and activities for reading online https://www.worldbookday.com/resources/
Pie Corbett  – Russell Prue and Ian Rocky for daily English lessons at 9.30 am. https://radioblogging.net/
Oxford Owl – Reading resources for all ages www.oxfordowl.co.uk
Teach Your Monster To Read – a fun game to help children with phonics and the art of reading https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/
EdShed – an excellent educational resource including a Spelling Shed, Maths Shed and Literacy Shed https://www.literacyshed.com/home.html

English with David Walliams https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
PhonicsPlay – a very popular site who have decided to make their resources free in response to the coronavirus crisis https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/
Seussville – the online home of the wonderful world of Dr Seuss, with games, videos and character profiles https://www.seussville.com/

Time for kids digital library free for the rest of the school year


Teachit – Free resources for KS3, 4 and 5 all following the English national curriculum.

Pie Corbett literacy resources https://mailchi.mp/talk4writing/home-school-booklets
A five-day Hay Festival Programme for Schools – free films for primary and secondary school children – will be broadcast 18–22 May. https://www.hayfestival.com/c-247-programme-for-schools.aspx?resetfilters=true&localesetting=en-GB

Welsh – Language

Welsh Apps available through App Store

Listen to welsh stories and rhymes www.poridrwystori.org.uk/audio-stories

BBC Learn Welsh – Stories, songs and activities www.bbc.co.uk/wales/learning/learnwelsh
Cyw  – watch children’s TV www.s4c.cymru/ciwtiwb
Urdd Gobaith Cymru www.urdd.cymru
Learn Welsh through Youtube video clips. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnQn5WEZyIcKK9hcmlXtlBw
NGfL Cymru Resources – A series of interactive units including whole class activities to introduce vocabulary and language patterns to those that are beginning to learn Welsh Interactive Unit Link
Y Cliciadur – Welsh newspaper for children which includes current topics, stories, quizzes, key dates, puzzles. You can also access their archives to read previous issues. https://www.cynnal.co.uk/cliciadur/papurau/rhifyn_13/index.html
Gloywi Iaith – a brilliant interactive resource which helps pupils develop their grammatical skills and knowledge. Resource
Ditectif Geiriau – A series of interactive activities to support the reading and comprehension book series, ‘Ditectif Geiriau’ for Key Stage 2. There are 4 graded books within the series, all of which include a range of activities and a wide variety of factual and imaginative stimuli. Resource
Y Sbridiau – helps to improve Welsh language skills. Resource
Cywirdeb Iaith – develops grammatical understanding and awareness. Focuses on correcting grammatical errors. https://adnoddau.canolfanpeniarth.org/cywirdeb-iaith/
Gweiddi- Welsh Digital Magazine https://www.gweiddi.org/
Songs – to help with mutation of words (‘Treiglo’)

YouTube – Welsh Song

YouTube – Welsh Song



Language-learning application www.Lingvist.com is opening up its platform to schools for free until the end of the school year. www.Lingvist.com
Innovative language-learning application www.Speakly.me is opening its web and mobile applications up to schools for free until the end of the school year. www.Speakly.me
Duolingo – Learn languages for free. Web or app. https://www.duolingo.com
British Council – Resources for English language learning. https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find
To help kids who are learning from home, educational software company Rosetta Stone is offering schoolchildren free access to its popular language courses for three months https://www.rosettastone.co.uk/lp/freeforkids/