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Why does your child need a dictionary?

Dictionaries can be a great way for your child to find out new words and improve their vocabulary – but not just any will do. For your child to get the most out of a dictionary, it has to include words they are likely to hear and use at home and school. It also needs … Read more

How to plan your 500 Words story

Is your child going to enter BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words competition? Author and creative writing expert Christopher Edge shares his tips for planning a top-tier tale. 1. Planning your story Some authors plot their stories in intricate detail while others like to fly by the seat of their pants, making up the whole story … Read more

Book of the Month: My Best Short Story in 500 Words

My Best Short Story in 500 Words By Christopher Edge Discover the perfect write-in notebook to help your child craft their best short story in 500 words or less – ideal if they’re planning to enter this year’s BBC Radio 2 500 Words competition. My Best Short Story in 500 Words features colourful illustrations, interactive … Read more

Story sparks: find inspiration for your short story

Every story starts with a spark. This is a spark of inspiration – the beginning of an idea – from which a story can grow. But sometimes when you look down at a blank piece of paper, inspiration can seem a long way away. So where can you find a story spark? Keeping your eyes … Read more

Book of the Month: The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth

The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth By Cerrie Burnell Perfect for children aged 9–12 Minnow feels an irresistible pull to water, and beneath the waves she feels free. When her mother goes missing in the dead of night, Minnow must follow the call of the Wild Deep in search of answers and journey to a … Read more

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

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