Literacy - worksheets

Literacy includes a range of skills including reading, writing, speaking and listening. A literate person will be able to communicate effectively with others and to understand written information. This can be either handwritten or in an electronic format.
Books for reading aloud and Books to help with phonics as well as Phonic games, toys and software will reinforce learning and are a useful guide for adults to use with young children.

Using a dictionary
Revision Guides

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Help your child with writing and literacy
Help with English grammar
English Grammar Worksheet
Help your child with grammar

Children around 3-5 years love to be read to as well as trying to participate in word recognition. Here are some recommendations which will encourage children to enjoy learning.

From the age of 5 children are beginning to need stimulating by books which they can enjoy reading themselves. It is important to fulfil this need by supplying them with a wide range of suitable books. We hope you find the following useful:

Homophones and homonyms can be confusing for children learning to spell. Please see our Spelling page for more guidance.

Homophones and spelling mistakes
Spellng same word different meaning
Homonyms Year 3
Homophones upper KS2
Homophones KS 1 to 3

Using a dictionary

Some children find working with a dictionary baffling. Ensure that your child checks spelling by using a dictionary.
Please see the spelling page for help with using dictionaries. Here are some dictionaries and other reference books suitable for primary age children.


It is important to ensure that the grammar in any writing is correct as this makes writing clear and understandable. Use the papers below to refresh your child's memory on these grammar points.
KS1 English revision adjectives
English thoughts for KS1
Verbs explained
English ideas for KS1
KS1 English nouns
Nouns - KS1
Write your own sentences
Masculine and feminine words
Tense worksheets
The sound of words KS1
Opposites for KS1
Adverbs for KS1
Different types of words
Sentence revision & answering questions KS1
Year 2 comprehension and grammar paper
Sentence practice 2
Proper nouns for KS1
Nouns and adjectives KS1
Synonyms for KS1
Past tense for Year 2
Help with verbs KS1
Opposites for KS1 no 2
Using the prefix un KS1
Suffixes KS1
Noun phrases KS1
Antonyms and synonyms KS1
Words ending ing and ed KS1
Using 'and' in Year 1

As pupils enter this stage a wider variety of spelling is required. The pages below will help so it may be a good idea to select three from the selection below and enjoy working through them with your child.

Antonyms for Years 3 and 4
Synonym practice for Years 5 and 6
Sentence practice
Sound alike words test
Adjectives 2
All about pronouns
Research topic
English paper grammar & words KS2
Nouns & possessive nouns test
Grammar different types of words
Clauses 2
Nouns KS2
Preposition stories
Year 3 English ideas
Year 4 English ideas
Collective nouns
Prefixes and suffixes KS2
Eight parts of speech poem
English grammar for Year 3
More collective nouns
Pronoun list
Past present and future tense - Year 3
Animal alliteration
Word families upper KS2
Which word creates the metaphor?
Conjunctions for Year 3
Compound words Year 3
Adjectives for year 3
Replace 'nice'
Prefixes and their meanings
Help with English grammar
Parts of speech KS3
A list of similies
KS4 English on adverbs
Metaphors for KS3
Pronoun practice
The meaning of words 2
The meaning of words 3
Improve your sentences
Grammar practice for Year 5
Non literal language and metaphors
Direct and reported speech
More idioms
The suffix -ment
Comparatives and superlatives
Adverb practice
Prepositions introduced
Personal pronouns
Past participles
Letter strings
Subject and predicate
Phrasal verbs
I or me
Use who or whom
Identifying similes and metaphors
Teach vocabulary by creating a monster
Different tenses
KS1 English on capital letters
Mistakes in English Grammar 1
Mistakes in English Grammar 2
Mistakes in English Grammar 3
Mistakes in English Grammar 4
Noun to verb to adverb
Describing words
Describing words or adjectives
Grammar test for Year 3
Grammar revision tests
Strong verbs and thoughts for KS2
Sufixes er and est
Connectives for Year 6
Diminutives for Year 4
Vocabulary and grammar KS2
Correct grammar Year 3
The use of adverbs
Modal verbs and conditional sentences
Prefixes Years 3 and 4
Change nouns and adjectives to verbs Year 5
Active and passive sentences Year 6
Types of sentences KS2
Definite and indefinite articles Year 3
Adverbs Year 3
Prefix activity for Year 5
Suffix activity for Year 5
Word families for Year 4
Conjunctions for Year 3 no 2
Determiners for Year 3


Tutor Master helps you Learn English – A Literacy Dictionary 
ISBN: 978-0-9555909-2-4     £5.99                           (144 pages)
Written primarily for students studying English at KS2 and above this book is also of benefit to students whose first language is not English and those seeking to improve and learn more. Over 500 words and terms to do with language and literacy are listed in alphabetical order with phonic cues to assist pronunciation. Short, accessible and easy to understand definitions are provided accompanied by helpful examples. This is a quick and easy to use resource for students that encourages personalised learning.
Reference books for key stage 3

Punctuation comes naturally to some children but others need more explanation and practice. The understanding of punctuation is essential. This includes full stops, commas and capital letters on to more complex forms of punctuation.  When to use an exclamation mark needs explaining to pupils so that it is always used correctly and not over used.

How to help your child with punctuation
Learn about punctuation
Goldilocks with grammar
Punctuation for Year 1
Speech marks KS1
Punctuate the sentences KS1
Punctuation questions KS1
Punctuation revision for KS1
How to help with punctuation
Five little speckled frogs-punctuation
Introduction to punctuation
Full stops
Punctuation exercise for Year 6
Punctuation and grammar revision
ch and sh words for Year 2
Advanced punctuation
Colon or semi-colon
Full stops
Question marks
Exclamation marks
Using commas
Using commas, part 2
Inverted commas
Inverted commas 2
Punctuation skills KS3/4 exam revision
Punctuation test 1
Punctuation test 2
Apostrophe worksheet 1
How to use apostrophes
Star punctuation
Commas, semi colons and colons
How commas change meaning
More about question marks
Punctuation tests for Year 6
Using brackets
Using dashes
Glossary of punctuation
Punctuation practice for KS2
Colon and semi colon worksheet
Using hyphens
Apostrophes: right or wrong?
Punctuation KS2

Children need to explore a variety of literature at all ages. Try these reading lists as they will give pupils more imaginative ideas and a variety of words to use in their writing which will help the reader to have a vivid picture of the 'story'

and Poetry books for all ages.

Click here for more KS3 English pages


Revision Guides

Grammar (Understanding English KS2) by Carol Matchett 

Understanding English is a series of learning workbooks, each of which features explanations, teaching points, exercises, answers and 'Now you try!' extension activities to ensure that learning is secure. With the new SATS focus on grammar, spelling and punctuation, this is an invaluable series for reinforcing and familiarising with those key skills. This is a complete course in grammar and makes an excellent reference guide. Examples and activities provide practice in building sentences effectively and  the book includes: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, connectives, conjunctions, phrases/clauses and direct/reported speech. The book includes a variety of different approaches, allowing parents and teachers to choose the best for their children. Additionally there is some fascinating background information about the English language.

Spelling (Understanding English KS2) by Carol Matchett

This book describes a variety of spelling strategies, including learning how to spell specific words, remembering spelling rules and checking for mistakes. Fascinating facts about the development of English spelling, plus plenty of activities and examples, make this a very useful book to support learning. It includes: letter strings, letter rules, syllables and compound words; homophones, prefixes and suffixes. The layout is easy to follow and the work can be done in short 'chunks' so children do not get bored. The 'Did You Know' facts are a super way to interest children and they will love to show off their knowledge!

Punctuation (Understanding English KS2) by Carol Matchett

Punctuation - an area which puzzles many adults, let alone children. So this clearly explained book which explains how to use all the main punctuation marks will be a great resource for parents and teachers. It starts with basic sentence writing and ends with more complex punctuation, such as colons and semi-colons. Full of examples and activities, the book also contains fascinating facts on how punctuation developed. This book includes simple and complex sentences; dialogue question marks, exclamation marks and apostrophes brackets, hyphens and colons. These are workbooks - they are designed to help children practise their skills rather than to actually teach those skills although each topic is introduced with a short explanation which is useful.

English Practice (Understanding English KS2) by Carol Matchett

Once your child has practiced the skills in the Understanding English, reinforce those skills with this book which brings them all together - it really does need to be used alongside the others in the series to ensure maximum benefit. It is ideal to prepare children for the short-answer questions in the new skills tests as well as supporting  literacy work throughout the curriculum. focused revision easy. There is one practice sheet for each topic, making quick The reading and writing sections are of particular benefit to those children whom you wish to enter for the Level 6 test, which includes an extended writing task. This will enable children to develop a new independence and confidence in their work. The pull-out answer section is easy to use to check children's work.

Key Stage 2 English Revision Guide by Carol Matchett

The Schofield & Sims Revision Guides help children to revise for national tests by guiding them through what they have learned on a topic-by-topic basis. The pages are colourful and laid out in a very user-friendly way. An easy-to-read Curriculum chart displays the links between the topics covered and the renewed Primary Framework for literacy, and a glossary defines key words related to the subject. Helpful 'tips for tests' are included. The KS2 English Revision Guide includes: characters/plot/genre formal and informal text types, grammar/ punctuation/ spelling/ handwriting. All the books in the English guides are by the same author, so parents and teachers are assured of a logical progression in a style and format familiar to children.

Key Stage 1 English Revision Guide by Carol Matchett 

An attractive book which makes good use of colour, drawings, cartoons and diagrams to make the topic approachable and understandable. It includes reading strategies, non-fiction texts/poetry, story planning and spelling/punctuation/handwriting. This is a guide to the techniques, although each page does include a 'test yourself' box - Schofield and Sims practice books are invaluable to reinforce learning.

Key Stage 2 English Practice Papers by Carol Matchett 

As your child gets closer to the SATS test reinforce their learning and identify any areas of weakness by doing practice papers. These four papers are created in the format of the actual papers, so give children an ideal preparation. Being used to the format also increases confidence when they sit down to do the tests. The books feature full instructions and detailed mark schemes, together with tables that give an indication of the level at which the child is working. Each section is cross-referenced to the Key Stage 2 English Revision Guide (above).

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