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Book of the Month: The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth

The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth By Cerrie Burnell Perfect for children aged 9–12 Minnow feels an irresistible pull to water, and beneath the waves she feels free. When her mother goes missing in the dead of night, Minnow must follow the call of the Wild Deep in search of answers and journey to a … Read more

How to choose a book for ages 7–11

After spending ten years as a school librarian, Beverley Humphrey is now a literacy adviser involved in a number of reading and writing projects. Here she gives her expert advice on how you can help choose the right book for your 7–11 year old. 1. Visit libraries Try to visit your local library regularly with … Read more

Harriet Muncaster’s creative writing challenge

Writing stories is the perfect way for your child to unleash their inner artist. Creating an entirely new world with only a pen, some paper, and a whole heap of imagination can be hugely exciting and rewarding, and also makes for fun literacy practice – but it can be hard to know where to start. … Read more

Reading in a winter wonderland

The evenings are growing darker and the air is becoming colder and crisper. Winter is on its way. What better way to take shelter from the weather than curled up with a good book? When I was a primary teacher, carving out some time every day to read a book aloud was crucial. Aside from … Read more

What is the Year 4 multiplication tables check?

In June 2019, a new Year 4 multiplication tables check will be trialled across the UK, becoming statutory in 2020. If your school decides to take part in the 2019 voluntary trial, your child will need to take a short online test to make sure their times tables knowledge is at the expected level. We’ve … Read more

Countdown to Christmas with Winnie and Wilbur

Christmas is coming, and everyone’s favourite witch and her furry feline friend are ready to celebrate! We’ve assembled some of Winnie and Wilbur’s finest festive treats to get you and your child excited for the holidays. So settle down in front of the fire, grab a hot chocolate, and join the pair on their madcap … Read more

Boys enjoying a book together

Great books to get boys reading

If I were in charge of education, reading for pleasure would be at the heart of the curriculum. All the evidence suggests that the benefits are huge and wide-ranging, both educationally and personally. Plus, it’s fun, and I do think that school should be fun. Sadly, the evidence also suggests that boys read for pleasure … Read more

10 top tips to help your toddler go to sleep

If your child finds it difficult to sleep independently, you’ll know just how detrimental missing a good night’s sleep can be for your child (not to mention for you!). No-one wants their child to be tired and grumpy during the day, but it is hard to know how to encourage positive sleeping habits. Fortunately, help … Read more