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Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl Word of the Week: biffsquiggled

biffsquiggled (adjective) Definition: If you feel biffsquiggled, you are confused or puzzled. Example: ‘You must not be giving up so easy,’ the BFG said calmly. ‘The first titchy bobsticle you meet and you begin shouting you is biffsquiggled.’ – The BFG Did you know? Roald Dahl made up the word biffsquiggled by joining together the … 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

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

Young scientist

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

practising SATs skills

Countdown to the KS2 SATs: week four

A marathon, not a sprint “We want children to arrive at the week itself feeling confident and relaxed. They’ve put in the hard work and now it’s time for the race itself.” Hello, I’m James Clements. For ten years, I worked as a teacher and deputy head at a successful primary school in West London. … Read more

Happyville High

Book of the Month: Happyville High

Happyville High: Geek Tragedy Written and illustrated by Tom McLaughlin Heroic nerds are here to save the day! From the author of the hugely successful Accidental Prime Minister comes a hilarious new series that celebrates super nerds and geeks, with all the wit and humour that kids love! A highly recommended read for fans of … Read more

Countdown to the KS2 SATs: week three

Revision can be fun… yes, really “Revision doesn’t just mean poring over a revision guide or completing a practice paper. This week I’m going to share some ways of preparing for the KS2 national tests that might actually be (whisper it) fun.” Hello, I’m James Clements. For ten years, I worked as a teacher and … Read more

Maths prep

Countdown to the KS2 SATs: week two

Five tried and tested revision techniques “The first step is to talk to them about where they feel their strengths lie and where they might need to develop.” Hello, I’m James Clements. For ten years, I worked as a teacher and deputy head at a successful primary school in West London. For seven of those … Read more

The word gap: How to build your child’s vocabulary at home

An Oxford University Press report, Why the Word Gap Matters: Oxford Language Report, published this week reveals that both primary and secondary schools teachers are finding that an increasing number of children have a limited vocabulary – a word gap. Without enough words a child will not only find it difficult to understand instructions at … Read more