ABC Reading Eggs
– focuses on a core reading curriculum of skills and strategies essential for sustained reading success. From Blake eLearning

Learn to read
– interactive phonics activities. From Starfall Education

Mr Thorne does phonics video
– learn phonics with Geraldine the Giraffe videos. From YouTube


– learn what adjectives are and how to use them with the Adjective detective. From The Children’s University of Manchester

– learn what eponyms are and how to use them. From The Children’s University of Manchester

– game to match idioms with their correct meaning. From The Children’s University of Manchester

– common and proper nouns, concrete and abstract nouns, count and non-count nouns, collective nouns. Play game and quiz. From The Children’s University of Manchester


Image Reference:
Sadler, R 2007, Secret messages, photograph, Flickr, accessed 27 April 2013, <>, Creative Commons license: <>.

Dreaming Stories

Aboriginal Australia Art and Cultural Centre Alice Springs – The Dreamtime
– describes the meaning of the Dreamtime and a downloadable Dreamtime chart

Dreaming stories online video
– videos of Aboriginal dreaming stories. Includes Tiddalick the Frog, Biladurang the Platypus, Girawu the Goanna, Mirram the Kangaroo and Warreen the Wombat

Dust echoes: ancient stories, new voices
– five animated Indigenous stories: Wagalak sisters; Namorrodor; The BE; Morning star and Frog story. Origin of each story, information about its location, language and storyteller and the full text of the story given. From ABC

Ngurunderi – an Aboriginal dreaming
– Ngarrinjari people of the Lower Murray River, Lakes and Coorong. From South Australian Museum


fablesAesop’s fables
– collection of Aesop’s fables organised in alphabetical order. From University of Massachusetts

Aesop’s fables
– audio retelling of Aesop’s fables. From BBC

Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends

fairy talesFairy tales
– fairy tales from Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, Perrault, World fairy tales.Read the story or download in mp3 format. From Storynory

Myths and Legends
– read or create your own myths and legends. From E2BN


– humorous poetry site for kids. Created by Kenn Nesbitt

Poetry lesson plans
– poetry forms: Acrostic, Bio, 5W, Cinquain, Limericks, Haiku. Also includes Smartboard and Powerpoint resources. From The Teacher’s Guide

– ideas and resources for teaching poetry. From The Poetry Society


Image reference:
AnnaleeBlysse 2009, The Crow and the Pitcher, illustration, Flickr, accessed 27 April 2013, <>, Creative Commons license: <>.

Sofi 2009, Little Red Riding Hood by Isabel Naftel, illustration, Flickr, accessed 27 April 2013, <>, Creative Commons license: <>.

Text Types

Persuasion map
– tool for mapping argument or writing a persuasive essay. From ReadWriteThink

Points of view: Persuasive text
– find out the points of view about an incident and write a newspaper editorial. From ABC Splash

– features of a range of genre including: argument, explanation, instructions, leaflets, letters, newspapers, reports, recounts, story planning  and vocabulary. Includes games, video and quizzes to consolidate learning. From BBC Bitesize

Writing with writers
– tips and strategies for writing biographies, descriptive writing, folktale, mystery, myth, news, poetry, speeches and book reviews. From Scholastic

Image Reference:
Bencic, M n.d., News paper icon, illustration, Iconfinder, accessed 02 March 2013, <>, Creative Commons licence: <>.

Digital Curriculum Resources
National Digital Learning Resource Network
– selection of digital curriculum resources that are aligned to the English subject area of the Australian Curriculum. Search for these resources using Scootle. From Education Services Australia



Teacher resources

ABC Splash!
– Watch, Listen, Play. English resources to support the Australian Curriculum. From ABC

Australian Curriculum : English

English for the Australian Curriculum
– units of work to support the teaching and learning of English and literacy from Foundation to Year 10. From Education Services Australia and English teachers’ professional associations

Global Words
– units of work integrating the teaching and learning of English with global citizenship education. From Primary English Teaching Association Australia and World Vision

Literacy and English
– teaching materials, support and professional development to help improve literacy outcomes in the classroom. From Victorian State Government, Education and Training

P-10 English Sample Assessments
– units of work and resources to support the Australian English Curriculum. From Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Reading Australia
– educational resources for teachers using Australian texts within the framework of the Australian Curriculum. The units include curriculum codes, sample classroom and assessment activities.