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Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl Word of the Week: frobscottle

frobscottle (noun) Definition: Frobscottle is a green fizzy drink that the BFG and other giants drink instead of water. Unlike snozzcumbers, it tastes delicious to giants. The bubbles in frobscottle sink down rather than rise up, so if you drink a lot of it, you will soon be whizzpopping (even if you are the Queen). … Read more

practising SATs skills

Countdown to the KS2 SATs: week four

A marathon, not a sprint “We want children to arrive at the week itself feeling confident and relaxed. They’ve put in the hard work and now it’s time for the race itself.” Hello, I’m James Clements. For ten years, I worked as a teacher and deputy head at a successful primary school in West London. … Read more

Happyville High

Book of the Month: Happyville High

Happyville High: Geek Tragedy Written and illustrated by Tom McLaughlin Heroic nerds are here to save the day! From the author of the hugely successful Accidental Prime Minister comes a hilarious new series that celebrates super nerds and geeks, with all the wit and humour that kids love! A highly recommended read for fans of … Read more

Countdown to the KS2 SATs: week three

Revision can be fun… yes, really “Revision doesn’t just mean poring over a revision guide or completing a practice paper. This week I’m going to share some ways of preparing for the KS2 national tests that might actually be (whisper it) fun.” Hello, I’m James Clements. For ten years, I worked as a teacher and … Read more

Maths prep

Countdown to the KS2 SATs: week two

Five tried and tested revision techniques “The first step is to talk to them about where they feel their strengths lie and where they might need to develop.” Hello, I’m James Clements. For ten years, I worked as a teacher and deputy head at a successful primary school in West London. For seven of those … Read more

The word gap: How to build your child’s vocabulary at home

An Oxford University Press report, Why the Word Gap Matters: Oxford Language Report, published this week reveals that both primary and secondary schools teachers are finding that an increasing number of children have a limited vocabulary – a word gap. Without enough words a child will not only find it difficult to understand instructions at … Read more

Countdown to the KS2 SATs: week one

Week one: Staying positive “We should talk about learning new things in mathematics or developing confidence in reading, rather than the scores children are getting. If we focus our energy on children’s learning, the tests scores will take care of themselves.” Hello, I’m James Clements. For ten years, I worked as a teacher and deputy … Read more

Planet Stan

Book of the Month: Planet Stan

Planet Stan Written by Elaine Wickson and illustrated by Chris Judge Stanley loves space, calm and pie charts. His younger brother Fred loves dinosaurs, chaos and mess, and is prone to leaving snails under Stanley’s bed and ladybirds in his lunchbox. Surely they must have something in common? With the clock ticking down to the … Read more

sharing books

Picture books for older readers

Who says we have to leave picture books behind in KS1? These wonderful books use spellbinding illustrations to introduce children to big ideas. A Child of Books Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston Age: 5+ | Oxford Level 7 A beautiful picture book all about the wonder and importance of books. What’s not to like? Buy on … Read more

Everyday activities to practise subtraction

As you would expect, subtraction is a key concept in the primary maths curriculum. Children start to learn about subtraction in their first year of primary school and it is something they continue to build upon all the way through to Year 6 (Primary 7). Here we have put together some easy activities that you … Read more