Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl Word of the Week: slopgroggled

  slopgroggled adjective Definition: If a giant is slopgroggled, he is in a very sticky situation. Example: ‘I is fluckgungled!’ screamed the Maidmasher. ‘I is slopgroggled!’ squeaked the Gizzardgulper. – The BFG   Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary From aardvark to zozimus, a dictionary of real and invented words used by the world’s best storyteller. With … Read more

Cooking with kids - early maths skills

Cooking with kids – developing early maths skills

Children love to help with cooking and baking. It’s great fun, and a brilliant way to talk about maths together. The trick is to choose recipes that give your child as much control as possible, so they feel like they are the ones doing the cooking. And don’t worry about perfect results. Muffin and biscuit … Read more

Oxford's 12 books of Christmas 2017

Competition: win our 12 books of Christmas 2017

Books make wonderful gifts at Christmas, and – to celebrate – we’re giving away a complete set of our 12 Books of Christmas! To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize, visit our Facebook page and like and comment on our prize draw post telling us which of our 12 Books of … Read more

Boys sharing a book

Why non-fiction is important for reading development

Roderick Hunt MBE, co-creator of Oxford Reading Tree, asks ‘Why is non-fiction important for reading development?’ Why is it important to widen children’s early reading experience into reading non-fiction and information books? It is because the literate, print-bound world for which children are being educated requires the ability to process information and master the many … Read more

The gender gap: how to encourage boys to learn

Save the Children’s 2016 report The Lost Boys revealed that, in England, boys are almost twice as likely as girls to have fallen behind in language and communication skills at the age of five, putting their opportunities for long-term success at risk. Once again, this year’s KS2 SATs results showed the gender gap between boys … Read more

Boy writing

Writing non-fiction for fun

What does your child want to be when they grow up? Headlines tell us that 65% of today’s primary-aged children will be doing jobs that don’t exist yet! But one thing is certain – most of these futuristic jobs will involve writing. From emails, blogs and scripts to reports and proposals, written communication is a … Read more

The Accidental Father Christmas

Book of the month: The Accidental Father Christmas

The Accidental Father Christmas By Tom McLaughlin The latest in the hilarious ‘Accidental’ series, this book is an absolute Christmas cracker for readers aged 9-12 and a great choice for fans of David Walliams. Ben is a passionate young lad who wants nothing more than to have his Dad at home for Christmas. Since his … Read more

Write your own scary story

How to write your best SCARY story!

With Halloween coming up, we thought we would treat you to a spooky snippet from the fabulous How to Write Your Best Story Ever! by Christopher Edge, to help you create your own terrifying tales… How to write your best SCARY story! What scares you? A haunted house with creaking stairs? A ghostly apparition flitting … Read more

Sorting pine cones

Ideas to develop problem solving skills

At school children will be expected to identify patterns and predict the next item in a sequence. Isabel Thomas has some simple ways of reinforcing these concepts when she’s out and about with her family. Watch children try out Isabel’s top tips for developing problem solving skills in this short film, or read Isabel’s suggestions … Read more

Mum and daughter reading together

What are reading schemes and why do they matter?

What are reading schemes? A reading scheme is a series of books that have been carefully written to support the process of learning to read and to help children make progress as readers. What educational researchers know about how children learn to read – and how best to motivate them to learn – is changing … Read more