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Useful Website for Home Learning – Literacy

National Literacy Trust – The Book Of Hopes – Words and Pictures To Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children In Lockdown – Brand new and completely free book, containing a selection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures, with contributions from over 100 children’s authors and illustrators – many of whom are our Highwoods’ favourites!

Audible – instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening!

Borrow Box – Essex Library Services – Whilst libraries are closed, they have made thousands of ebooks and audiobooks available to download onto your device. If you’re not a library member yet, you can still use this service by joining the library online – click here.

Countdown – an incredibly invaluable resource to support core English (and Maths!) skills.

Pobble 365 – a new picture is shared each day to provoke discussion, debate and creative writing opportunities.

Spelling Frame – spelling activities with specialist resources for each year group.

Myths and Legends – vast online store of animated and narrated comic strip stories based on myths and legends from around the world.

Oxford Owl – free e-books for all ages!

First News – free online digital download of a specialist children’s newspaper.

World Book Online – collection of over 3,000 e-books and audiobooks for free access during the school closures.

Scholastic Learn At Home – this free resource provides your child with exciting articles and stories, videos,  and fun learning challenges. ‘Active learning journeys’ are available on any device and will provide your child with up to three hours’ worth of exciting learning experiences per day. They can go on virtual field trips, meet best-selling authors or dig deep into a topic they love.

Highwoods Reading Spine

At Highwoods, we believe that a child’s literacy development is dependent on the interconnection between reading and writing. Research has found that when children read extensively, they become better writers. In addition, reading a variety of genres helps children learn text structures and language that they can then transfer to their own writing. At Highwoods, we are very proud of our engaging, rigorous and challenging ‘Reading Spines’ which detail the books the children will be reading, studying and basing their writing tasks on term by term.

Click here to see our Highwoods KS1 Reading Spine

Click here to see our Highwoods KS2 Reading Spine

Reading Recommendations

At Highwoods, we are very passionate about reading and are always keen to share our reading recommendations and to support our children in accessing and enjoying great books. Please click the links below to view our termly ‘Reading Recommendations’ newsletters.

Reading Newsletter Summer Term 2020

Reading Newsletter Spring Term 2020

Reading Newsletter Autumn Term 2019


Highwoods Spelling Programme – here you will find all of the spelling rules (taken from the National Curriculum) that your child will be taught at Highwoods – year by year, term by term. Spelling is taught daily.




At Highwoods, we strongly believe that a robust vocabulary improves all areas of communication – listening, speaking, reading and writing. One of the ways in which we encourage this is to use the Vocabulary Ninja resources to learn a ‘Word of the Day’. If you would like to practise this with your child too, please see the resources below.

Click here to view today’s Word of the Day:

Click here for the Vocabulary Laboratory: Vocabulary Laboratory

Standards of Writing at Highwoods

Please use the links below to see the ‘Expected’ and ‘Greater Depth’ standard in writing for your child’s year group. ‘Expected’ means that your child is on track and ‘Greater Depth’ means that your child is exceeding the expected standard.  We use these examples to guide our judgements when we assess children.

Helping your child with Literacy at home

Please click on the blue and white tabs below to access and open the relevant information about reading, spelling, grammar and handwriting.

Please see below for links to Parent Booklets relating to each year group. You will need Adobe Acrobat to read this files. You can download it free here:


Please see below for links to Key Words and Spelling Homework relating to each year group. You will need Adobe Acrobat to read this files. You can download it free here:

Please see below for links to Grammar Terminology relating to each year group. You will need Adobe Acrobat to read this files. You can download it free here:

Telephone: 01206 845887
Tynedale Square, Highwoods, Colchester, Essex CO4 9SN

Headteacher:  Mr Paul Disley

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