Boost- Literacy Support

Mr Young

Mr Elliot Young

Email Mr Young here

Welcome to Boost.

I hope you are well. I have put together my suggestions to support you at home.

If you would like to contact me you can reach me at my email address above.

It would be nice to hear about work that has gone well alongside any questions you may have. I hope you find these links helpful.

NHS Lothian have an excellent site full of people to contact, resources and medical supports available:


This Reading Mama-A collection of printable resources and a bit of theory linked to the steps you take to begin to read and spell-

Alphablocks – If you are new to letters and phonics I would recommend Alphablocks:

• Mr Mr Thorne Does Phonics – Phonics for letters and sounds videos on youtube:

• Teach Your Monster to Read – free on website, also available as app but with a charge:

Oxford Owl – Free eBook library:

Study ladder – If you want to do reading for meaning have a look at:

(It is free. It is full of games and activities from across the curriculum. I really like it as you will find support and challenge at your level.)

Audible – Online audio books and stories for free. Suitable for all ages and available in different languages:

Scottish Book Trust – A lovely beacon of all things literacy

If you don’t like reading out loud, try using your whisper voice and read to Teddy or a pet! If you are reading to an adult, try one sentence each. If you are reading to an adult and finding the word tricky to sound out then tap the table and they can read it for you.


Ipad apps for learners with dyslexia:

Phonics Play – Letter sounds, blends and spelling games:

Bib Read and Spell – If you want to get a pen or pencil in your hand, and do some drawing and spelling then have a look at Bib Read and Spell:

Spell Mop – If you would like some support with reading common words, spelling common words or creating and imagining then have a go at Spell Mop:

Common Word Spelling – Fry’s first 25 words are 1/3 of all the words you commonly read or spell. Once you know the first 100 you know ½ the words that you will use regularly. Play memory games with these so that your child eventually doesn’t attempt to sound them out. Write them out again and again until they are in your child’s memory.


Literacy Shed – Visuals that support imaginative writing ideas:
VCOP pyramids – To support different stages of writing:
Touch typing – Develop typing skills
Comic Making – make your own comic


CleverLearner- A collection of worksheets that can be used to support spelling, reading and maths.

BBC Bitesize – Daily lessons across the curriculum:

Study Ladder – The whole curriculum with buttons to read instructions and games for enjoyable learning:

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