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This week I came down with some lovely coronavirus symptoms, which means I’ve had the kids at home since Wednesday. I’m seeing it as a chance to spend some time with them, while doing some ‘kind of’ educational stuff too.

As you know, getting kids into reading and writing is a bit of an obsession for me. If you’re at home with the young ‘uns, and looking for some writing-based activities to get stuck into, here are some handy resources.

Good online resources for creative writing


The BBC has some nice resources – this link is good for secondary school students.

They’ve also got some terrific stuff on their Bitesize website for younger kids.



When I was a teacher, I relied heavily on the fabulous TES site for resource-inspiration. It’s well worth browsing through.



TeachIt seem to be offering their downloadable teaching packs for free during the coronavirus pandemic. Have a browse and see what you find!



Scholastic are on board with supporting parents during this situation, and have some terrific free resources on their site.


Penguin (Puffin)

There are some lovely videos and resources on the Puffin site, with some created by top children’s authors.