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4 fun ways to develop characters for a short story

Every story needs a star. From famous footballers to pet hamsters to superheroes, unforgettable characters make stories come to life. These four fun activities will help any aspiring author dream up some page-turning protagonists. Make sure you remind your child to submit their finished story to this year’s BBC 500 Words short story competition by … Read more

Have fun writing your own story

4 top tips for writing great plots

Great stories have page-turning plots that keep readers glued to their seats to find out what happens next. These activities will help your child turn their brilliant ideas into a fantastic story with a beginning, middle, and end, and maybe a twist or two along the way as well. Make sure your child submits their … Read more

4 tips to inspire children’s creative writing

Coming up with a great story idea can be tricky, which is why we’ve gathered together four fun activities to spark your child’s imagination and help them overcome writer’s block. Why not use these activities to inspire your child to create an exciting adventure for the BBC 500 Words short story competition? 1. Find inspirational … Read more

Sky Dancer

Book of the Month: Sky Dancer

Sky Dancer By Gill Lewis A brand new novel from the best-selling and award-winning author of Sky Hawk. Perfect for readers aged 9+ and fans of Michael Morpurgo. Can Joe find the courage he needs to protect the Sky Dancers? Sky Dancer is a highly topical and emotionally powerful novel about the plight of the … 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

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

Practical tips to help prepare your child for secondary school

For children who have left primary school and are about to start secondary school, the summer can be a time of mixed emotions: it marks a milestone in their childhood and they may be looking forward with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. So how can parents help? Former Year 6 teacher, and parent, Christine … Read more

What to expect in the first year of secondary school

By the time your child is in Year 6, you’re both pros when it comes to homework schedules, PE kits, friendships and knowing the building inside out. The move to a completely new school for Year 7, with new rules, a new layout, hundreds of unknown children (and seemingly almost as many teachers) can be … Read more