Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl Word of the Week: trogglehumper

  trogglehumper (noun) Plural: trogglehumpers Definition: A trogglehumper is one of the very worst nightmares you can have. It is the opposite of a golden phizzwizard. Example: ‘Of course there is something in there,’ the BFG said. You is looking at a frightsome trogglehumper.’– The BFG Did you know? Some other scary dreams are bogthumpers … Read more

Book of the Month — A Kalle Blomkvist Mystery: Living Dangerously

A Kalle Blomkvist Mystery: Living Dangerously By Astrid Lindgren Suitable for readers aged 9+ and fans of the Murder Most Unladylike series. Kalle Blomkvist returns in another gripping middle-grade mystery from the internationally bestselling author of Pippi Longstocking. Get your budding young detective on the case, and join Kalle Blomkvist and his friends for a … Read more

Book of the Month: Demon Headmaster – Total Control

The Demon Headmaster: Total Control By Gillian Cross Suitable for readers age 8+ Prepared to be hypnotised . . . The Demon Headmaster is back with a brand new look and a brand new adventure! To celebrate the hotly anticipated return of The Demon Headmaster, we’re giving away a complete set of Demon Headmaster books … Read more

‘Trump’ revealed as Children’s Word of the Year 2017

Trump has been revealed as Children’s Word of the Year by Oxford University Press for BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words. This year, more than 130,000 children entered the BBC 500 Words competition and the team at Oxford Children’s Dictionaries have been poring through all 131,798 entries to identify the Children’s Word of the Year 2017 … Read more

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What do the KS2 SATs scores mean?

  Key Stage 2 National Test scores explained 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 to schools to share with parents and carers. They will also have … Read more

Book of the Month: Knighthood for Beginners

Knighthood for Beginners Elys Dolan Age 7+ HUZZAH! What do you do if you fail your dragon certificate? Become a knight, of course! Join Dave the Dragon and Albrecht, his trusty (goaty) steed, on a fantastically funny quest to convince the court that being rather small, distinctly green, and, frankly, A DRAGON, is no barrier … Read more

How to support your child as they start secondary school

Year 7 is the start of a very new journey. It is a coming-of-age adventure, as much for parents as for students. One of the main issues is the emotional leap we are forced to make when coping with transition. Coupled with a sense of not knowing how it all works, we can left be … Read more

The Dressing-Up Dad

The importance of dressing up

Dressing up is a brilliant way to encourage empathy. Here, Maudie Smith – author of The Dressing-Up Dad – gives us some fun ideas and easy ways to dress up with our kids. When I visit primary schools I tell children that books are magic. They’re not just books – paper, board and ink – … Read more