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Harriet Muncaster’s creative writing challenge

Writing stories is the perfect way for your child to unleash their inner artist. Creating an entirely new world with only a pen, some paper, and a whole heap of imagination can be hugely exciting and rewarding, and also makes for fun literacy practice – but it can be hard to know where to start. … Read more

WIN our 12 books of Christmas!

Christmas is about giving and sharing – that’s why we’ll be giving away our 12 books of Christmas to one lucky winner! Read on to discover which fabulous festive books are up for grabs. You’ll find 12 free gifts, including activities, recipes and book extracts. To enter the competition, all you need to do is … Read more

Reading in a winter wonderland

The evenings are growing darker and the air is becoming colder and crisper. Winter is on its way. What better way to take shelter from the weather than curled up with a good book? When I was a primary teacher, carving out some time every day to read a book aloud was crucial. Aside from … Read more

Dog tales

Man’s best friend takes the lead in these wonderful tales. Oh No, George! Chris Haughton Age: 3–5 | Oxford Level 4–5 George tries to do the right thing, but sometimes temptation is just too much for him. Join George as he attempts to exert some self-control in a gloriously funny story that will resonate with … Read more

Boy solving maths reasoning problem

Non-verbal reasoning

Non-verbal reasoning is one of those phrases you may have heard a lot, especially if your child is in Year 6, and it is likely to come up in many Year 6 home/school meetings. But what exactly is non-verbal reasoning? What is non-verbal reasoning? Non-verbal reasoning is sometimes called abstract reasoning. It involves solving problems … Read more

Roald Dahl Day 2018

An extra-usual talent Few writers have left such a gloriumptious legacy as Roald Dahl. His books continue to delight and inspire children (and adults) across the world, making lifelong impressions on readers through their wit, originality and underlying warmth. From the magical absurdism of James and the Giant Peach to the outrageous villainy of The … Read more

boy looking quizzical

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

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

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