I’ve decided to start a new series of blogposts for substitute teachers. When I first started teaching, I always hoped that there would be some sort of plan available if I was subbing in a new school/new class because it is very hard to think on your feet when there are so many other things to do and remember. So in this series of blogposts I’m hoping to share some useful websites/books/resources that I like and that might be helpful for a subbing toolkit.

The first subject is Literacy;

Oral language

  • Debating – walking debate
  • Articulate (Get each child to write down 4 nouns – person, place, thing, animal. Take up the pieces of paper and divide the class into groups. One child from each group then describes the nouns to their team mates who have to answer all 4 to get a point – add a timer!)
  • Don’t mention it (Seomra Ranga)


  • DEAR time
  • Picture books are brilliant for all ages!
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze procedures

  • Questioning levels

Useful websites


Useful links;


  • Pick 2/3 poems – read the poem/talk about it/ dramatise it
  • Write a poem (I’ve recently taught Haiku and Kenning poetry and they are great for pair work!)

Useful links


  • Buzz Off is a great game to practice spellings.
  • Spelling scribble
  • Rainbow write (Children write the in pencil, then write over the word in three different colours – creating a rainbow effect)
  • Put the spellings in sentences/ silly sentences
  • Backwards – write the words backwards

Useful links