Help with Literacy

Scroll down this page to learn about:

The rules for making plurals

Homophones like

to, too and two
there, they’re and their
its and it’s

Doing the jumbled words questions in NWE.

The importance of context.

Silent letters.


Contractions like ‘who’s’

The difference between ‘whose’ and ‘who’s’

The 8 parts of speech:
Nouns, Verbs, Adverbs, Adjectives, Pronouns, Interjections, Prepositions and Conjunctions

Brainteasers are available HERE and help with Maths can be found HERE.

Rules for Making Plurals

  1. A quick run through

2. Simple plurals: Adding -s and -es

Revision of this rule

3. Plurals: Words ending in -y and exceptions to this rule.

Revision of this rule

4. Rules for plurals – revision and words ending in -f

Revision of this rule

5.Rules for plurals – revision and words ending in -o

6.Rules for plurals – revision, irregular plurals and plurals that are the same as the singular.

Revision of plural rules

Homophones 1: to, too and two

Homophones are words that sound the same but that have different spellings and meanings.
These are tricky words like




Let’s put our learning into practice:

And here are some follow up videos so you can go back over what you have learned.

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And a little more revision

You might like to finish off with this catchy song about the Homophone Monkey.

Homophones 2: there, they’re and their

Homophones are words that sound the same but that have different spellings and meanings.
These are tricky words like





You Tube is a portal to the whole wide world.

Please supervise your children when they are online.

To finish I thought you would like this Go Noodle video clip

on the tricky words: by, buy and bye 🙂

New Wave English: Working out the jumbled up word questions: hints and practice.

One of the questions in New Wave English in practice that children can find challenging is where there are jumbled up words that they have to put in the correct order to make a word.


These words are in sentences. So putting the word in the context of the sentence is very helpful when trying to work out what the jumbled up word is.


Because of that I would like to recommend a number of short videos that teach what context is – and how one can guess the meaning of a word when reading.

But first here is an instructional video with some hints for working out jumbled up words.

Here are some videos about working out context when reading.

Remember, the internet is a portal to the world wide web.

Please supervise your children online.

Silent Letters

Do you know why some letters are silent in reading?

This is an interesting video that tells you why.

Learning about silent letters will help you with

your reading and writing,

and when you are doing your exercises in New Wave English.

Here is an instructional video about ‘silent letters’:

And here is a chance to practise what you have learned:

Finally a video about ‘silent e’.

Hints for even better handwriting

We are seeing great improvements in handwriting while you are working at home.

We think this is because of the encouragement you are getting from your teacher at home to write well.

Here is are some hints to make your handwriting even better.

Here is a handy checklist to help you improve your handwriting.

What do you do well? What could you improve?

Make a resolution that this term your writing is going to be

the best you possibly can make it!




Handwriting joined up



Writing all the same height



Equal spaces between words



Writing all sloping the same way



Writing looks grown up



Letters all formed the right way



Writing easy to read



Straight margins and lines. Ruler used



We hope you find this advice helpful. 

The handwriting in 3rd class is getting better and better.

Keep up the great work and avoid the rollercoaster

at least when you are handwriting.

Instructional Videos: Contractions and the difference between ‘whose’ and ‘who’s’

Repetition when teaching and learning helps.

Though 3rd class are finding

knowing difference between ‘whose’ and ‘who’s’ easier now,

after the midterm break it might be good to revise.

Here are some instructional videos that go back over what we learned before.

This one gives the opportunity to practice what we learned:

Here are the answers:

As well as these instructional videos,

there are other videos on You Tube that teach about
the difference between ‘who’s’ and whose,
and contractions like ‘who’s’.

Remember, the internet is a portal to the world wide web.

Please supervise your children online.

Some of these you may have seen before and some are new.


And another short instructional video. 

English: Help with the tricky stuff from the work children are doing: Verbs and other parts of speech

Dear Parents,

Sometimes questions are asked in New Wave English about parts of speech.

Further down the page are some online activities for learning about and revising parts of speech

like nouns, adjectives and verbs.

But first, let’s go back over what they are:


Jorgeduardo / Pixabay

nouns = naming words

Nouns are the name of a person, place or thing

e.g. Superman, Greystones and spaceship

Superman, Greystones and spaceship are all nouns or naming words

The rule of thumb we use when first teaching nouns is:

If you can take a photo of it, it is a noun.

Simon / Pixabay

Here is a video about nouns:



perianjs / Pixabay

adjectives = a describing word

e.g. brave Superman, beautiful Greystones, speedy spaceship

Brave, beautiful and speedy are all adjectives.

They describe the nouns.

Click HERE to see a short video that teaches about adjectives


anaterate / Pixabay

verbs = action words

Superman flies. We live in Greystones. The spaceship whizzed by.

In these sentences, flies, live and whizzed are all verbs or action words.

Click HERE to see a short video that explains what verbs are.


Here are FIVE online activities to practice nouns, adjectives and verbs.


Click on the this link for the BALLOON NOUN GAME


Click on this link to play the same game but this time about BALLOON VERB GAME


Click HERE to practice both nouns and verbs.

See what happens the monkey gets ten scoops of icecream in a row!

You can play three  in different ways: Nouns only, Verbs only or both Nouns and Verbs


Click HERE to practice different parts of speech.

Untick the boxes leaving just nouns and verbs to practice them.

To play stop the asteroids from crashing into the planet.


Click HERE for Word Shark a game that goes back over Nouns, Adjectives and Verbs


Finally this short video goes back over Nouns, Adjectives and Verbs just to make sure you remember what they are.


We hope this helps you learn about Nouns, Adjectives and Verbs.

What was your favourite game for learning about Nouns, Adjectives and Verbs?

If you let us know we will see if we can find more like it.