Reading and Writing

This page is updated with new ideas and topical activities, you will find these first on the page.  If you scroll further down you will find some generic resources for reading and writing.  Miss Ellis 😄


Week beginning 15.6.20


Mrs Klein has posted information on the First Minister’s Reading Challenge on the blog.  There are activities you can do linked to books in the reading passport.

Or try this fun book scavenger hunt (you could even look for books on your Bug Club account).

Writing/Grammar skills

Here are 3 quick write grids based on P4 topics/events.

Quick writes P4 memories

Or you could try one of these prompts for a writing or talking activity:


Week beginning 8.6.20

Here are some literacy activities you may want to try out this week – remember these are only ideas.  Also check out the Positive Choices grid as some activities are linked to literacy such as keeping a water diary.

🚨 Writing Competition  🚨

Verb revision

Another Tic-tac-Toe grid where you try to complete 3 activities.

Reading skills using film clips – new film mats.


Diversity Books

Or you may wish to look at these book titles which explain and promote diversity.  Click on the pdf and there are links to clips of the books being read.  These will inform children, promote discussion and help them make more positive choices.

Diversity Books


Week beginning 1.6.20 – Virtual Sports Week theme! 

Some of this  week’s literacy tasks link to a sports theme to tie in with our whole school virtual sports week(and many of them can be done outside while it is nice weather!).Here are some ideas you may want to try out:

Writing – adjectives revision grid

This grid gives you ideas for tasks linked to sports:

The Literacy Shed has a Sports Shed with ideas, pictures and videos to help inspire literacy skills:


Week beginning 27.5.20 UPDATED

A new online book has been published dedicated to children.  It has flash fiction, poems, stories aimed at children who have been through this lockdown.


Writing focus

Since this is a short week the focus is going to be on grammar and writing.

Task1: Noun Tic Tac Toe


Task 2: Choose one of these tasks…

Remember to check your bug club to see if you have any books.


🚨 For JK Rowling fans  🚨

The author of Harry Potter has started writing a new story called The Ickabog and she is putting it up on the book’s website for people to read! Click on this link to explore the website:


There is also a competition to help illustrate the book:

Week beginning 18.5.20  Reading skills mats

These are just some ideas for this week’s literacy skills.  A film mat could last a few days and does not need to be done in one day.  If you would rather do some traditional reading using a book scroll down until you find the reading journal that gives you more ideas.  Or the digital literacy booklet which can be used with any film or TV show.

Movie mats – Here are 2 ‘mats’ that require learners to use their comprehension skills to answer questions based on films.  You scan the QR code or use the videos attached to see the clip needed.

Harry Potter

Marvel: Spider-Man – more challenging


✍️ Fancy doing some writing?  Why not retell or describe one of these movie clips using your own words.


Snapshot mats – no videos needed, just the snapshot and includes some writing skills too. There are 4 to choose from.


You may need this wee reminder of what a synonym is for the snapshot task and that a thesaurus helps us find synonyms.

Again you could use one of these snapshots to inspire a short description or story.


Week beginning 11.5.20  Deadly 60 and Disney

The following activities are only suggestions and can be done across the week.  Remember there are resources further down this page that you may not have tried yet, there is Bug Club or you can take your reading outside if the weather is nice.

If you love learning about deadly creatures and enjoy the show Deadly 60 here is a great task where you use your reading strategies alongside clips from the show found on YouTube.  Here is the link to download the document:

SAC Deadly 60 Reptiles and Amphibians on Youtube

BBC Bitesize has been doing daily lessons on grammar and writing skills so I will sometimes post links to it. Today’s lesson is all about similes and metaphors which are useful in improving your writing.



Week beginning 4.5.20   Practising reading and writing skills using video clips, film and TV.

This is a lovely video about a puppy called Pip.  Below it is activities for practising your reading strategies and writing skills.  I’ve also added the link to download it as a PDF in case the image is not clear enough.

SAC- Pip- Short Film +Literacy Ideas

Another option is to choose your own film or TV show and use this digital literacy booklet to support your exploration of character, setting etc.

Digital Literacy first level



Quick Write Grids  

Writing of any kind can be scary for some learners so I found these Quick Write Grids that encourage learners to do various short pieces of  writing  based on pictures.  There are 3 themes:


Quickwrite sports ks2


quickwrite space ks2

*Fantasy (made up by Miss Ellis so apologies if there are any errors in the document!:) )

quickwrite fantasy ks2

Each theme has 4 or 5 quick write grids so learners can choose which one they would like to do.  If you click on the link it should allow you to download the grids but if you cannot print you could do it in your jotter and just note which picture you used.


   UPDATED 3.5.20

The weather is supposed to be very nice this week so here are some reminders and ideas for taking reading and writing outside.

*Take your book, magazine or comic or device outside.  It can be really relaxing to read outside surrounded by nature.

*Story stones: if you have any flat or big stones you could paint or draw pictures on them then use them to create a story.

*Treasure Map: Create a map of your garden and note key features such as a particular tree or washing line.

*Nature journal/My garden fact file / ABC book of nature: either keep a diary recording what you do when you go outside or create a fact file on insects, flowers, plants you have in your garden or surrounding area.  Create an A-Z book/power point/video of nature.

*Use the washing line! Ask an adult to put up common or tricky words for you to practise. Or retell or sequence events from a story by clipping them to the line.

*Create a piece of writing based on your garden or outdoor space that you can see from your home.  Use an object or area to inspire a story, e.g. the bush in your garden could be a home to some fairies 🧚‍♂️ .  Or use the outdoor space to help create a map, maybe you could hide some treasure and ask your family to find it.

Lauren in P4E wrote this super piece of writing.

*Character building: imagine an object outside is a person, create a profile for them.  For example, imagine what kind of person a nearby tree would be, give them background information such as a name and age.

Enjoy the good weather!


Reading and writing often go hand in hand.  In school we often create writing based on a story or novel we have read.

During reading:

*How many full stops, commas, capital letters can see?

*Scanning for a specific word, who can find it first?

*Find a word that means the same as …that is the opposite of …

*Look for speech marks, what kind of voice do you think the character is using?

*Explore speech bubbles using comics or graphic novels


Reading strategies we have been introducing to P4 this year:

Active Literacy Comp. Display Mat

strategies mat inc find it prove it.


The following are called Task maps and can be adapted to any piece of text.

Non-fiction task map:

Generic Non-Fiction Text task map

Generic Fiction Text task map

Reading journal ideas

The following snapshots give an idea of some activities pupils can do after reading a book of their own choice.  After the snapshots there is also a link to download the booklet if you wish.

Reading Journal



Writing can either be linked to a story or novel or standalone.  You can use pencil, paper or word processing or record your ideas on a video or voice memo.

Imaginative writing:

*Diary entry based on a character’s experiences

*Storyboard retelling main events

*Character profile or Wanted poster

*Twisted / fractured fairytale – change parts of a well known story

*Provide a written or verbal story for a picture book with no words

*A picture paints a thousand words: use pictures for stimulus


Factual / functional writing:


* Information poster or leaflet or PowerPoint or fact file

*Newspaper report

*Map / directions e.g. treasure map


*Book / TV/ Film review

*Keep a diary or journal or blog of your experiences

*Family newsletter that could be emailed to family you can’t quite visit yet.


Roll a die to choose story prompts:

Useful websites

Teach your monster to read (pupils create a monster avatar that takes them through reading activities, very engaging)

The Literacy Shed (videos and pictures along with ideas for activities)

Pobble 365 (pictures and ideas for writing stimulus)

BBC Dance Mat Typing (fun tasks to help improve you typing skills)

Study Ladder (free to sign up to and has great activities for skill progression)


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