Top 10 Free English Resources for KS1 and KS2

Finding high-quality free English resources for KS1 and KS2 can be time-consuming if you don’t know where to look. Luckily, our team of teacher bees has put together a whole bunch of free English resources for your classroom to help challenge and engage your class. Download these fun games, challenges, posters and more to build up a bank of English activities to help consolidate and improve their core skills.

Top Free Writing Resources


Sentence Openers KS2 Game

Encourage your class to begin their sentences in a wider variety of ways with this fun, free Sentence Openers KS2 Game! Children can play the game with the Sentence Subject Cards provided, or use it to edit and improve sentences in an existing piece of work.

Free English Resources - Sentence Openers

Sentence Surgery

Challenge your class to start thinking more critically about the structure and content of their sentences with this Sentence Surgery worksheet! Your class will first 'dissect' their sentence, and then 'add' or 'inject' adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions and fronted adverbials. Alternatively, you could give children a 'sick' sentence to improve. Perfect as a time-filler or homework activity.

Free English Resources - Sentence Surgery

Fronted Adverbials Booklet

Ah, fronted adverbials. Don’t you just love them?! This handy booklet is great for helping your class get to grips with fronted adverbials and encouraging them to use fronted adverbials in their writing. Just print, fold and go!

Free English Resources - Fronted adverbials booklet

The Synonym Continuum

This handy set of resources will challenge your class not just to expand on their use of synonyms but to think about the ‘intensity’ of different synonyms. Is ‘whispered’ or ‘boomed’ a more intense synonym for ‘said’? Is ‘glum’ more intense than ‘sorrowful’ when used as a synonym for ‘sad’? Let your children decide!

Free English Resources - Synonym Continuum

Synonym Balloon Posters

Stick these fun, colourful Synonym Balloon Posters up around your classroom and you KS1 or KS2 class will soon be using a wider vocabulary in their writing.

Free English Resources - Synonym Poster

Creative Writing Images

Inspire your primary class with these free images for creative writing! This pack contains twenty bright, funny, strange and puzzling images, chosen to stimulate ideas for your children’s written work. Who knows what inventive stories you’ll get when you use these prompts in your classroom!

Free English Resources - Creative Writing Images

Word Wars Game

Test and develop your children's vocabulary with this challenging word spelling game – ideal for use with either KS1 or KS2 children. Can your class make words using the letter cards they draw?
Top Free Reading Resources

Free English Resources - Word Wars Game

Top Free Reading Resources


Foldable Review Bookmark

Instead of a bookmark belonging to the reader, this foldable review bookmark belongs to the book! Up to four readers can write brief comments about the book as a useful hint for future prospective readers as to whether they will enjoy the book!

Free English Resources - Foldable Review Bookmark

Rainbow Reading Challenge

Encourage your class to complete this fun reading challenge. This could be used as a half-term school-time challenge, or even given as holiday homework!

Free English Resources - Rainbow Reading Challenge

What Makes a Good Reader Poster

These colourful and informative posters will help your class to understand the skills that are needed to become a good reader - two posters are supplied, one aimed at KS1 and one aimed at KS2. Also included is a worksheet where children are encouraged to write down their own ideas of what makes a good reader.

Free English Resources - Good Reader Poster

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Becky CranhamBecky Cranham


Hi! I'm a former primary teacher. I set up PlanBee in 2009 to help redress the teacher workload balance. I'm passionate about primary education matters, and I love finding new ways to make teachers' lives easier! Read more

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