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Read the world

Let them know it’s reading time SO… World Book Day has come around and it’s looking like Sophie out of the BFG or The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas. Again. Yep. You heard about the dressing up bit at 9pm last night. First you made a noise like a squirrel trapped in a toaster. Then … Read more

Five easy ways to explore fractions with your child

Fractions seem to be one of those concepts that some children find difficult to grasp. Luckily, there are lots of easy ways you can relate fractions to everyday life to help explore them in an enjoyable way. 1. Food and fractions The good news is that food and fractions make a great combination. Fractions are … Read more

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Roald Dahl Word of the Week: asinine

  asinine (adjective) Definition: Extremely stupid and making no sense whatsoever. Example: ‘But the fact remained that any five-year-old girl in any family was always obliged to do as she was told, however asinine the orders might be.’ – Matilda   Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary From aardvark to zozimus, a dictionary of real and invented … Read more

The Big Spell: spelling tip of the week

Our wonderful Oxford Dictionaries for Children editorial team have provided the levelled words and content for the The Big Spell show on Sky 1, including over 3000 words, definitions and example sentences from our corpus database. Each week, while The Big Spell is broadcast, we’ll be posting a new spelling tip. Spelling tip for week … Read more

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World Book Day costume ideas

Did you know that 2017 marks 20 years since the first UK World Book Day? This year, on 2 March 2017, make this wonderful celebration of books and reading extra special with our World Book Day costume ideas. Not only do they feature some of our favourite children’s book characters, they all require absolutely no … Read more

Seven times tables worksheet

Times tables tips

Confidence with times tables really is important for children in primary school. While it may seem tedious to practise times tables with your child and you might have bad memories of reciting times tables at school, by ensuring your child is confident with times tables you will be giving them some essential tools for success … Read more

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Book of the month: Unicorn in New York: Louie in a Spin

Unicorn in New York: Louie in a Spin Written by Rachel Hamilton and illustrated by Oscar Armelles Meet Louie the Unicorn, the fairy-tale character from Story Land who has joined the New York School of Performing Arts in search of STARDOM! Louie’s dance moves always end in disaster, so when he mistakenly gets entered into … Read more

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Five creative ways to help with spelling homework

Struggling to find a way to make learning those dreaded spellings fun? Some children find it difficult to remember their spelling words and, let’s face it, learning lists of spellings is hardly the most enjoyable way to pass the time for you or them. If you are looking for some fun spelling ideas, then look … Read more

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Book of the Month: Me and Mister P

Me and Mister P Written by Maria Farrer and illustrated by Danel Rieley Meet Arthur and his brand new friend, Mister P — the world’s most helpful(ish) polar bear. Arthur could do with someone to talk to — all he wants is an ordinary day with an ordinary family and an ordinary brother. But when … Read more