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Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl Word of the Week: troggy

troggy (adjective) troggier, troggiest Definition: Something troggy is vile and horrible. Troggy is a very strong word, so only troggy giants use it as an insult. Example: The giants picked up rocks and hurled them after him. He managed to dodge them. ‘Ruddy little runt!’ they shouted. ‘Troggy little twit!’ – The BFG Please note: … Read more

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What do the KS2 SATs scores mean?

Key Stage 2 National Test scores explained Post first published on 14th June 2017 and updated on 10th July 2018. In May, 11-year-olds across England took national tests in reading; grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS or sometimes, SPaG); and maths. These tests (often referred to as SATs) are marked externally and the results are sent … 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

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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

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Books to inspire young scientists

Why encourage your child to read about science? There are loads of reasons. Science and engineering provide fantastic career opportunities, but science is not just for scientists – it’s a huge part of everyday life. A good grounding in science will help every child to navigate their world and make good decisions. Yet with the … Read more

What is the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check?

If you have a child in Year 1, you may have heard of the phonics screening check. Here we explain what the phonics screening check is and give some helpful tips about how to support your child’s learning. What is the Year 1 phonics screening check? The phonics screening check is taken each June by … Read more