Improving Literacy in the classroom

Recent stats featured in the press highlight that literacy targets are missed by one in five pupils. The findings highlighted by Schools Minister Nick Gibb show concern about Key Stage 1 children failing to achieve standards in reading and writing with one in five seven year olds not meeting government targets for literacy this year, including just over half of children with SEN making the grade.Letters and Sounds Screen-shot

At, we are passionate about reading and writing. Here’s a few highlights of what we do to help pupils learn to read and write:

The Letters and Sounds area boosts phonemic understanding from the earliest possible stage using clear, exciting graphics rooted in familiar environments, so learners can easily relate and apply skills and knowledge learnt from our Literacy content to their everyday lives. 

Our reading activities encourage learners to be observant, critical readers that use pointed questions to clarify meaning and build understanding. Learners are given strategies for recognising salient information, structural features, and the appropriateness of language, structure, and presentation.

Our writing activities boost understanding of grammar by exploring tense, sentence structure, punctuation, conditionals and conjunctions. Our spelling activities widen vocabulary and build knowledge of the rules of word structure.

Our Literacy Topic Tools are open-ended whiteboard manipulatives that enable teachers to engage learners in individual, small group, and class activities that build reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. 

In addition to this, is trusted by SEN departments and inspires SEN children to explore ICT further and think creatively whilst allowing teachers to accurately pinpoint activities within highly differentiated SEN classes.

  • Support and provide gifted and talented children with the opportunity to further their learning on a personalised level by specifically targeting their level of knowledge, allowing freedom to work at their own pace without the support of a teacher.
  • Support all the main learning styles using colour, sound, text, audio commentary, animated graphics and interactivity to appeal to the widest possible range of users, from children on the autistic spectrum to those with English as an Additional Language.
  • The operating system’s settings can be used to increase the mouse pointer size on screen or vary the volume of the audio files. 
  • Features a powerful new ‘Preferences’ feature conforming to accessibility standards.