Communication and Language

Home Learning activities in this area cover ways to practice English skills, including reading, writing, speaking and listening.  


Please click on the links in blue for further details.  We will update with further activities over the coming weeks.

Please note: the direct website links have been verified by school, but we cannot be responsible for anything else that is accessed via those links. With all online learning that uses internet links, pupils should be supervised at all times to ensure that they remain safe.


Audible: All children’s audio books on Audible are currently free and you can play straight away, no registration necessary. Audio books are suitable for a wide range of ages. 


Barefoot Books: On their ‘For Kids‘ page they have Animated Singalongs  and Barefoot Story Time. 


Book Trust: On their Book Trust Home Time area they links to YouTube videos of authors reading their book and illustrators giving drawing tutorials. Suitable for Primary and Secondary children. 


Classroom Secrets: They have a Classroom Secrets Kids page and a Home Learning Timetable page, along with free home learning packs to download with a range of games, printable worksheets and visual timetables for the Early Years and Primary ages. No registration necessary. 


Literacy Shed: Free story and reading comprehension packs available for Primary and Secondary classes. No registration necessary. 


Phonics Play: Phonics Play is a website with games and phonic fun, spellings etc. Free at the moment. if you use the codes below:
USERNAME : march20


Pobble 365: For Primary and Senior classes, a new image is published each day as a basis for creative writing. Story starters, questions and drawing ideas are provided. No registration necessary. 


Read Write Inc.: Read Write Inc. is the phonics programme widely used at Hillside with the Early Years and Primary classes. Their Read Write Inc. Phonics Lessons at Home on YouTube has a range of tutorials for parents and newly added ten minute phonic and ‘speed sound’ lessons each day. 


Story Time with David Walliams: Storytime with David Walliams – free story everyday at 11.00am.