Wild Literacy activities are a carefully crafted mix of practical tasks and written responses. Research shows that children learn best when their work is set within a meaningful context – in other words, when they can understand the purpose of the task, and especially when that purpose motivates them. Wild Literacy activities use a wide-range of fun, hands-on activities – from baking, to drawing, to building with Lego – to provide a meaningful context for developing literacy skills.

Wild literacy activities are designed to be accessible and inclusive. There is a large section that are particularly good for children for whom writing is daunting, or who prefer to express themselves verbally. But there is also a range of activities to develop advanced written skills. All the activities allow children to develop literacy skills in a non-threatening way, with no right/wrong answers and no levels or targets to meet.

The site has been designed so that children can easily navigate it and find an activity they would like to do. All the activities are written in child-friendly language. Children can explore the site independently or with an adult.

Below are a selection of activities from across the site that you can try for free.

Creative Writing Activities

Wild Literacy has three main sections. The first is Creative Writing Activities, which contains a wide-range of ideas for building characters, settings and plots, as well as developing descriptive language. The following three activities are part of our free samples. Take a look and try them out.

Topic-Based Literacy Skills

The second main section on Wild Literacy is Topic-Based Literacy Skills. This houses the majority of the site’s content, and offers a range of literacy activities grouped around different themes. The Pirate activities below are also free samples for you to try out.

The topics are designed to include a wide range of subjects. For example, there is a World Cup topic where you can design a matchday programme and a Russia topic where you can explore the history of its amazing buildings (see below for both). The range of topics provide breadth, engage children with other cultures and aids with developing critical thinking skills. The three activities below are some more free samples for you to use.

Wild Literacy Courses

The third section on Wild Literacy is our courses. There you’ll find Adventures in Description, Level 1 (ages 7-11 approx) and Level 2 (ages 11-14 approx). Both courses have four modules, each with 5 – 6 sessions. The free sample below is from Module 3 of the Level 2 course. 



Use the navigation boxes below to look around the Wild Literacy website. You can see how the activities are organised and how easy it is to use. The free sample activities above can also be accessed this way, but you’ll need to purchase a subscription to access the rest of the content.

A wide range of fun games and activities that will help you create interesting and powerful descriptions, make brilliant characters, wonderful settings and amazing plots. There's also lots of different styles of poetry to try.

From finding out interesting facts and thinking about important issues to writing poetry, articles, blogs and stories to creating your own episodes of Horrible Histories and Great British Bake Off. All through a lens of a wide range of fun topics. 

For a more structured approach, our specially designed courses take you on a wild journey of discovery. For example, our Adventures in Description course has four modules, each with 5 - 6 sessions, involving a range of activities.