Category Archives: Teaching Resources

Primary Phonics Resources from Pencil Street

Letters flying out of an open book. Magic book. Fairy talePhonics are a great way of teaching children to read. The knowledge of how to recognise the sounds letters make and the sounds different combinations of letters make is an important step in learning our language. This technique of learning to read can help them break down new words they hear or see and therefore read more accurately.

At Pencil Street we have a wide range or resources to support this. We have broken these down into sections for ease, Vowel Work, Initial Sounds, Graphemes and Digraphs and Trigraphs. 

In Initial sounds you can find downloadable phonics packs. These consists of matching bookmarks and booklets for each sound and can be used in combination with any of our other resources. See resource 1010-225 as an example to reinforce the sound ‘Pl’.


We also have a lovely range of games and flash cards to assist with vowel work, all of these support CVC learning for KS1. See resource L08-060 for an example of flash cards for the vowel ‘u’.


There are many more great phonics resources like this on the Pencil Street website, so why not pop over and take a look!


Developing Internet Safety Resources

Internet SafetyAs Graphic Designer for Pencil Street, it is my responsibility to ensure that our resources are clear and concise, yet still effective with the different key stages. This blog will be a little insight on how I approach certain subjects, allowing you to see how dedicated we are to providing great teaching resources at Pencil Street.

I am currently developing resources for Internet Safety (tying in with Safer Internet Day on 11th February 2014) that will provide the vital information your class needs to stay safe online, as well keeping it fun and interactive for all ages.

In this day and age, with the Internet being so accessible around the world, it can be hard to see the negative points to a service that is now seen as a necessity. However, the online world can turn into a dark place if you are not aware on how to use it in a safe manner.

With toy sales decreasing and laptop sales rising, your class is at a crucial age to educate them on keeping their information private, behaving respectfully and with caution on chat forums, avoiding inappropriate content and other Internet safety points.  I believe doing this is so important, which is why I want to give you materials that will stick with your class when they are online at school and home, as well as making them aware of the power (good and bad) of the Internet.

It is vital that the resources I develop are made with the children ages in mind, so they can use them to the best of their ability, and learn!

Have a look at the Internet Safety resources here on our website.

Lola Hoad
Graphic Designer
Pencil Street

Free Remembrance Day Teaching Resources

ImageRemembrance Day is on 11th November. It is a special day to remember all those who were killed during the two World Wars and other conflicts.

Remembrance Day was known as Armistice Day and was renamed Remembrance Day after World War II. Remembrance Sunday is the Sunday nearest to 11th November on which many church services and other special services are held at war memorials.

Bringing Remembrance Day into the classroom can be a difficult thing for children and Pencil Street has made it easier by providing a range of FREE teaching resources for teachers.

Make your own seaside resort

Pencil Street Shop Seaside Resort
Make Your Own Seaside Resort  

What a great new product. Supplied in booklet format, size 370mm x 250mm. Create a 3D Model of your own seaside resort from the Die-cut pages. Full instructions show you how to assemble the model.

Looks great when complete and activity will provide fun, creativity and education. Model can also be dismantled and stored flat/re-built. Make your own seaside resort is suited for children aged 3 years+ and is available from the Pencil Street Shop under the seaside for just £3.99.

Children’s Emotions in the Classroom

New ‘Time Out Cards’ for dealing with children’s emotions.

These fantastic cards requested by Helen, a Pencil Street user. These teaching resource cards are to help children manage their behaviour and can be used in dicussion after a child has been involved in an incident. Designed to make them think about their actions and hopefully dicuss them in a clam fashion. Pencil Street have a range of behaviour management teaching resources and children discussing feelings and emotions.

Many of these teaching resources are free for everybody to use.

Minibeast Bug Viewer

A handy clear tub for catching and viewing bugs, which comes with it’s own little pair of tweezers and a handy clip to clip it on to your belt.

The ideal teaching resource when considering that mini-beast hunt!   Put bugs in the plastic viewing tube, then close the magnifier lid to take a closer look. Don’’t worry, there are air holes. Fantastic for catching, keeping and examining bugs and other small specimens.  

A great little resource from the Pencil Street Shop at £2.50

See also Pencil Street’s Minibeast resources at:

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Make the Holidays Come Alive

Making the everyday or the ordinary, interesting and extraordinary, is a large part of the job of a teacher. The teachers we remember the most, are the ones who made looking at a butterfly an amazing experience, or the instructors who showed us how applicable physics was to everyday life. A good teacher can take a concept and make it reality, in a way that makes a student want to experiment and learn more. During the holidays, teachers have an excellent opportunity to make an annual event into a great learning experience.

However, as an instructor, knowing that you have this opportunity is different than knowing quite what to do with it. This is why Diwali teaching resources, and Christmas teaching resources can be extremely helpful. They can jump start ideas for class activities and new ways of approaching the celebrations. Additionally, they can provide you with a bit more information about the meaning of each tradition. Armed with knowledge and great ideas, you can take your students on a beautiful holiday journey. With any luck, that journey will make you one of those teachers that they remember forever.

Road Safety Week Teaching Resources (Free and Premium)

Road Safety Week is an established week in the UK calendar. It was set up by Brake in 1997 and organised by the charity annually ever since. It takes place in November each year and aims to give everyone an opportunity to promote road safety in their community, school or company.  

Here at Pencil Street we have a range of free and premium teaching resources to help promote road safety for all age groups from EY, KS1 to KS2.  

Here are a few general ideas and a few ideas linked to resources get you started:

  • Talk about road safety in your assemblies.
  • Hold a special road safety assembly or open event for parents.
  • Make a road safety display in the school. Display resources for road safety available (Ref 71-109)
  • Mention Road Safety Week / promote road safety in your newsletter to parents.
  • Challenge the children to create a road safety poster/leaflet/banner/film/play.
  • Have a special PSHE or citizenship lesson on road safety.Integrate road safety learning into curriculum lessons. Plenty of resources available!
  • Have a special guest in to talk about road safety, for example, a police officer, or drama group.

Road deaths are the biggest ‘accidental’ cause of death of children and young people. All kids and young people use roads and have experienced road danger; so it’s the perfect topic for a project that can really engage them as well as save their lives, while also meeting curriculum goals.


Teaching Remembrance Day

Young children are usually excited to participate in activities that involve celebrations or the holidays. But while your children may look forward to Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day activities, you do not have to wait until the major holidays to add variety in your classroom.

Remembrance Day is observed in November (around the 11th), and this day commemorates members of the armed forces who have died in battle. Many students are unfamiliar with this day, but teaching Remembrance Day increases their awareness. If you’re discussing World War I, World War II or other historical battles in history books, you can incorporate activities related to Remembrance Day.

At Pencil Street, we have plenty of resources available for teaching Remembrance Day.  These include fact sheets, worksheets, as well as classroom displays. And since many children have a parent or other relative in the armed forces, activities related to Remembrance Day are timely and appropriate.

Pencil Street Educational Resources