Reading resources for Primary Teachers


Reading is a vital part of primary education as it helps youngsters to build skills which are used throughout their lives.

Primary teachers, therefore, have a pivotal role to play in helping to shape a child’s vocabulary and allowing them to develop a love of reading from a young age.

A wide array of resources exist to support reading and literacy teaching in schools, so here is a pick of some of the best to aid primary teachers…

The Literacy Trust

Packed with free resources for primary teachers, The Literacy Trust features everything from podcasts and posters to inspirational blogs and worksheets.

There’s also a number of hot topic resources that are linked to trending themes, awareness days and other key events – all of which can be easily weaved into lesson planning.

Several primary programmes have also been developed to encourage children to read for pleasure and to allow primary teachers to use sports and other activities to inspire a love of reading.

Teach It Primary

Featuring numerous English and reading resources targeted at those in key stage 1 and key stage 2, Teach It Primary’s resources can be printed for free in PDF format.

Alternatively, its array of PowerPoint presentations, games and worksheets – all created by primary teachers for other school staff – can be accessed via an annual subscription.

Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

For those teaching literacy to young pupils, the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) has a range of free resources to help boost attainment.

Alongside sample teaching plans and book recommendations, primary teachers can also access activities, teaching notes and guidance on reading scales – a means of measuring progress among young readers.


Encouraging children to read outside of the classroom plays a vital role in their early learning, and alongside reading resources, Tes also has motivational tools to help them learn.

Primary teachers can access the majority of resources for free or at a low cost which can help children to use their imaginations and become enthralled with reading.

There are resources that can support children in instances where English is an additional language or where a group of youngsters have different levels of reading ability.


Twinkl hosts an extensive set of reading resources for primary education, all developed by teachers in line with the national curriculum.

Low-cost memberships to access the library of materials are available for schools and individual members of staff, so it might be worth checking if your school already has a subscription.

Unique Teaching Resources

If you’re a primary teacher and you want to make reading fun, then Unique Teaching Resources has plenty of resources so you can do just that.

There’s plenty of advice on how to engage pupils, alongside book report templates, flashcards, posters and other printable worksheets.

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