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Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl Word of the Week: crodscollop

crodscollop (noun) Definition: A food that tastes delicious. Example: ‘They say the English is tasting ever so wonderfully of crodscollop.’ ‘I’m not sure I quite know what that means,’ Sophie said. – The BFG Did you know? The word crodscollop sounds like a mixture of cod and scallop (a type of shellfish), so perhaps crodscollop … Read more

Book of the Month: The Night Zookeeper: The Lioness of Fire Desert

The Night Zookeeper: Lioness of Fire Desert Written by Joshua Davidson and illustrated by Buzz Burman The zoo needs you… Join Will and his friends, Ria and Sam the spying giraffe, as they continue their adventure in the magical world of the Night Zoo. This time, they journey to Fire Desert, where they meet Captain … Read more

COMPETITION: The Accidental President

Win a signed set of Accidental books by Tom McLaughlin, including The Accidental President! Politics and presidency are hot topics at the moment, which got us thinking: would the world be a better place if kids were in charge? Tell us what law your child would introduce if they were president for the day for … Read more

Book of the Month: Riddle of the Runes

Riddle of the Runes Written by Janina Ramirez and illustrated by David Wyatt ‘A book that every aspiring shield maiden should keep close to her heart if she wants her buckles to truly swash. A tale with a big, warm, wild heart.’ Frank Cottrell-Boyce Abruptly woken in the middle of the night by the village … Read more

The new GCSEs explained – what’s changed and how the new grades work

GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education) are the main academic qualification taken in several subjects by the vast majority of pupils in secondary education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In England, there have been significant reforms to many topics studied within the subjects, as well as to the grading system and examinations themselves. So … Read more

How to support your child during GCSEs – what to do and when

If your child is about to embark on their ‘GCSE journey’, there are probably dozens of questions spinning around your mind. Aside from the obvious one (which is ‘where has all the time gone? It seems like only yesterday they were at primary school!’), you may well be wondering about the new style of GCSEs, … Read more

Boy coding on his computer

Coding for children: problem-solving, precision, and going unplugged

Back in 2014, the primary curriculum as we knew it was dramatically overhauled in pretty much every area of learning. ICT (information and communication technology) saw some of the biggest changes — namely because it ceased to exist as a subject from that point onwards! It was replaced by computing, which placed a much heavier … Read more

BBC 500 Words 2018

2018 Oxford Children’s Word of the Year: Plastic

Plastic has been revealed as the Children’s Word of the Year by Oxford University Press for the BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words Competition. British children have once again shown themselves to be fabulously inventive, funny and socially astute. This year, more than 134,000 children entered the competition and the team at Oxford Children’s Dictionaries have … Read more

Book of the Month: Magical Kingdom of Birds: The Sleepy Hummingbirds

Magical Kingdom of Birds: The Sleepy Hummingbirds Written by Anne Booth and illustrated by Rosie Butcher To the Keeper of this Book — magic awaits! Magical Kingdom of Birds: The Sleepy Hummingbirds is the first book in an enchanting new series of chapter books celebrating the real-life beauty and wonder of the natural world. Filled … Read more