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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

Children playing at primary school

Choosing a primary school

If your child was born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015, you will need to apply for a place at primary school by the middle of January 2019. If this applies to you, you might find yourself asking two questions: 1. Wow, primary school already, where did the time go? 2. Now, where … Read more

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Spooky reads for 9+ year olds

Embrace Halloween with our recommended spooky reads for 9–11 year olds, including Flood and Fang, The Dark is Rising and Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror. Please note: all book links lead to more information on Amazon.co.uk Age 9+ A Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony Snicket The first in the series of books featuring the unfortunate … Read more

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Preparing for parents’ evening

Most schools hold parents’ evenings every term, and they’re a very important part of the relationship you develop with your child’s school and their teacher. Whether you’re about to have your first experience of a parents’ evening, or already have several under your belt, we’ve got some suggestions to help make sure you get the … Read more