Ziptales

ZIPTALES FOR SCHOOLS



Access to our Complete Range of Stories

Over 500 interactive levelled readers, puzzles, games, poems, videos and lessons - proven to make reading FUN. Not only will your pupils love reading our stories, but will become more confident readers as well.

Easy Access from the School and at Home

We can allow automatic 24/7 access from your school, as well as allow your users to log in from home on any device simply using your school login (or library card if through a local council).

Curriculum Aligned Stories and Activities

Our stories are carefully crafted and aligned to the National Curriculum, Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence, Northern Ireland Curriculum and the IB.

NEW in the UK, and growing FAST!

Join in with over 1400+ schools connected to Ziptales throughout the UK! Plus we have 12+ years of experience in 20% of ALL schools across Australia, so you know you're in good hands.

Ziptales for free? If your council is connected to Ziptales, you can actually log in as often as you like using your library card. This include the majority of Ziptales content, however you will need to upgrade if you want to unlock some teacher sections.

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WHAT PROBLEMS DO WE ADDRESS?


BENEFITS FOR PUPILS:

Ziptales is an online literacy “library” designed for schools and home use. Ziptales has been a leader in the field of online literacy for more than 12 years.

It is based on the latest research about how children develop and sustain a love of reading. The Ziptales “library” was built by trained teachers with the express purpose of making reading a pleasurable and lifelong experience.

This includes:


BENEFITS FOR TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS:

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The Research

At the core of the Ziptales mission is the recognition that children will do best when they read for “for pleasure, to be informed and to perform a task” (Beverly Tyner, The Literacy Jigsaw Puzzle, IRA 2012).

For example, a child who reads a scary story, or a mystery ‘whodunnit’, will instinctively engage with the reading. Reading the story (for pleasure) will raise their skill level without them even being aware of the process.

The Voiceover

Every text has a voiceover – read by a professional actor. This is a great way not only of modelling good reading, but of sustaining interest in the text.

Testing and feedback

Each story ends with a fill the gaps test (a relatively easy quiz) and a multiple choice (more challenging).

If the child does not score more than 5/10, they are prompted to “Have another go”. They can reread the text, and get 10/10 – in short, they can find their own way to “master” the text. This is after all how reading normally works. Even adults reread selectively to extract the most out of the experience.

Role of the Teacher

Ziptales puts the teacher (or parent) at the centre of all decision making about the individual child’s needs. Only they really know which stories, or poems, or lessons, are appropriate to their class or child. No automated reading program can possibly know this.

Ziptales encourages teachers and parents to see it as a vast “library” of possible reading experiences, out of which they can pick the material which best suits their children.

Key Stage 1 / P1-P3 Library


These resources are designed especially for Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2). These are the early years, where children are being taught to read, and can deal with simple texts.

The texts here vary from learning the ABC, through simple phonics based texts, and on to more complex whole stories. There are 250+ texts in this section.

ABC

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Storytime

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Timeless Tales

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Puppet Plays

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Easy Readers

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Story Machine

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Joke in a Box

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Puzzle Palace

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Rhyme Time

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Make and Do

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Happy Schools

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Specialised English Lessons (SEL)

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Key Stage 2 / P4-P7 Library


These resources are designed especially for Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6). These texts assume children are competent readers, and need lots of practice at different levels of ability.

The overall approach is to offer a wide range of genres to cater for a variety of interests. Every story comes with two interactive comprehension quizzes and worksheets. There are a total of 200+ texts in this section.

Adventure

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Animal

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Children in History

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Choose Your Own Adventure

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Comedy

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Fairy Tales

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Fantasy

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Graphic Classics

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Interactive Readers

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Mystery

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Myths & Legends

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People

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Scary

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True Tales

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Yucky

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Advanced Library

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These resources focus on explicit teaching of key concepts. There are lessons on grammar, punctuation, spelling, comprehension, writing (all genre types) as well as a suite of special lessons instructing children in basic skills such as decoding types of text, writing paragraphs, analysing language, effective oral communication and so on.

All lessons come with worksheets. There are a total of 200 texts in this section.

Rhyme Time

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Make & Do

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Puzzle Palace

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Skill Builder

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Write Time

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Specialised English Lessons (SEL)

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Worksheets


As well as the 500+ content modules on Ziptales (stories, poems, puzzles, videos, projects, documentaries, etc), there are worksheets for follow up class work. These can be downloaded and photocopied at will.

This includes:

Curriculum Scope and Sequences


Our Scope & Sequence chart which is completely aligned to your curriculum offers practical ready to use lessons for each and every strand of the curriculum. You can start using these lessons in your class right away - a HUGE time saver!

““It [Ziptales] motivated a group of our children who have started on the road to becoming independent readers but are a few years behind in their ability to read words and decode.
These students need interesting, motivating content but with a level of text that their delayed skills can manage. We feel that Ziptales does give them that.””

- Laura Armitage, Marjorie McClure School, Chislehurst, UK

FAQs


What is Ziptales?

Ziptales is a primary literacy program. It was created with the aim of making reading a pleasure. Its philosophy is to offer a vast range of reading experiences, very much like a digital version of a real library, where above all the child actually enjoys the reading.

How much does it cost?

For schools, Ziptales is available as a whole school site licence (see the “Pricing” area). The fee is structured around the size of the school. We also offer two or three year pre-paid licences at discount rates, as well as our NEW home licence allowing your pupils to use Ziptales at home as well. For this home licence, we have dedicated worksheets for parents to use with their children, or for teachers to use as homework tasks.

What technical requirements does it have?

Ziptales will work on any type of computer, both PC and Mac, as well as any device like iPad or Android Tablet. All you need to do is go to ziptales.co.uk in your local browser (we recommend using Google Chrome as it is the fastest and free).

Is new material added to the website?

Every year, Ziptales adds new content, as part of our pact with teachers to continually “refresh” the site. It is important for schools to read the regular newsletters, to keep up with what is new.

Does it work on an iPad?

Yes! The first 125+ stories are now available to view on the iPad and we are working hard on the rest. To view them just go to www.ziptales.co.uk on your iPad device and you will be re-directed automatically.

Where was Ziptales developed, and by whom?

Ziptales was founded by two ex-teachers, Richard and Valerie McRoberts. Richard has been a writer, editor and publisher working at all levels of primary and secondary publishing. He has a Masters in Education and specialised in literature and reading. Valerie was a teacher, editor and publisher. She has an Honours degree in Literature, as well as a Masters in Education, specialising in “gifted” education. Both had previously been directors of a successful print publishing company (Wizard Books), with sales throughout Australia and overseas.

What sort of licences are there?

Schools can subscribe as a whole – the most economical way of taking the service - or ask for a single class licence. If a school wants to add on a “homework” licence (access from the children’s home computers), this is possible at a small extra cost. Just get in touch with us or see our "Pricing" page.

What support does Ziptales offer teachers?

It is important for teachers to know that there is a whole “Staffroom” of essential information and class support. We also offer amazing phone and email support.

Does Ziptales allow you to “track” what the child is reading?

Ziptales is focussed on the pleasure of the child’s reading experience, and sees “assessment” as secondary. There is no automatic “tracking” of children’s scores. We ask teachers to use one of the two tracking devices (see “Staffroom - How to - Student Tracking”) to record what their children have read and what scores obtained.

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