Literacy for Key Stage 3 Learners

These literacy units for Key Stage 3 learners with cognitive difficulties use engaging scenarios taken from the media around them to develop their literacy skills. They provide teachers with unitised teaching frameworks to enhance learning and make it more exciting, dynamic and effective for the learners.


Multiliteracy represents a new modern approach to literacy. The traditional definition of literacy has widened to include comprehension of all types of visual and printed texts, audio, spatial and gestural information, and the ability to make textual connections. Being able to read and write is no longer sufficient in today’s technology dominated world, so a major part of multiliteracy involves being proficient in new technologies, which requires decoding skills as much as reading skills.

What are Multiliteracies?  1.1 MB - Uploaded 02-11-2016

Visual resources needed for SEN Multiliteracies Project 748.9 KB - Uploaded 02-11-2016

Internet Safety

Although research has shown that the internet may be particularly beneficial for learners with special educational needs (SEN), many of these young people are potentially more vulnerable and more at risk than others when using ICT. Therefore, it is a good idea to introduce your learners to internet safety before using these resources.

Internet Safety 775.6 KB - Uploaded 02-11-2016


This section provides a range of activities based on popular TV and print media, including current television shows, newspapers and magazines. Learners explore different forms of media and are encouraged to research information, participate in discussions and take part in reading and writing activities.

Class Bake Off

Learning Activities 1.4 MB - Uploaded 02-11-2016

Resource 1: Like/Dislike Cards 979.7 KB - Uploaded 02-11-2016

Resource 2: Food Matching Pairs 287 KB - Uploaded 02-11-2016

Resource 3: Baking Steps 197 KB - Uploaded 02-11-2016

Resource 4: Ingredients and Baking Equipment 276.2 KB - Uploaded 02-11-2016

Resource 5: Menu Template  1.1 MB - Uploaded 02-11-2016

Do You Have the X Factor?

Learning Activities 1.5 MB - Uploaded 02-11-2016

Resource 1: Emotion Cards 233.7 KB - Uploaded 02-11-2016

Resource 2: Like/Dislike Scale 196.4 KB - Uploaded 02-11-2016

Getting into Top Gear

Learning Activities 2.7 MB - Uploaded 02-11-2016

Resource 1: Types of Car 972.9 KB - Uploaded 02-11-2016

Resource 2: Car Parts 368.4 KB - Uploaded 02-11-2016

Resource 3: Car Owners 353.1 KB - Uploaded 02-11-2016

Mass Media

Learning Activities 1.1 MB - Uploaded 02-11-2016


In this section learners explore different forms of visual media, including animations, YouTube videos and digital stories. The suggested activities allow students to discuss ideas, analyse visual media, identify feelings and emotions and recall past events.

Investigating Dilemmas through the Animation Dragon Slayer

Learning Activities 1.3 MB - Uploaded 02-11-2016

Resource 1: Dragon Slayer's Map 406.9 KB - Uploaded 02-11-2016

Identifying Emotions through the E-Book The Black Hat

Learning Activities 1.4 MB - Uploaded 02-11-2016

Resource 1: Emotion Cards 233.7 KB - Uploaded 02-11-2016

Exploring Identity through the Animation For the Birds

Learning Activities 1.7 MB - Uploaded 02-11-2016

Resource 1: People Bingo 407.1 KB - Uploaded 02-11-2016


This section uses different ICT tools and technologies, including storytelling programs, word cloud generators, video editing software and QR codes. The activities encourage learners to sequence and create their own digital media using ICT to enhance their literacy skills.

Creative Digital Storytelling

Learning Activities 4.3 MB - Uploaded 02-11-2016

Using QR Codes

Learning Activities 5.7 MB - Uploaded 02-11-2016

Using Word Clouds

Learning Activities 3.5 MB - Uploaded 02-11-2016

Social Media

Social media literacy requires the ability to communicate online in an appropriate and responsible way. Social media is interwoven with the lives of our learners, so it is most important that they have a grounding in internet safety, the critical thinking skills to filter the messages they receive and also the skills needed to manage their own self-image.

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