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Why the word gap matters, and what can you do at home to close it

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

Everyday activities to practise subtraction

As you would expect, subtraction is a key concept in the primary maths curriculum. Children start to learn about subtraction in their first year of primary school and it is something they continue to build upon all the way through to Year 6 (Primary 7). Here we have put together some easy activities that you … Read more

Winnie and Wilbur: The Naughty Knight

Book of the Month: Winnie and Wilbur: The Naughty Knight

Winnie and Wilbur: The Naughty Knight Written by Valerie Thomas and illustrated by Korky Paul In this brand-new adventure from Valerie Thomas – with iconic illustrations by Korky Paul – the nation’s most-beloved witch and her ever-patient cat discover what it was like to be a knight in medieval times. With a little magical help … Read more

Roald Dahl

World Book Day costume ideas

This year’s World Book Day is on 1 March 2018. Make this wonderful celebration of books and reading extra special with our no-sew World Book Day costume ideas. Not only do they feature some of our favourite children’s book characters, they all require absolutely no sewing whatsoever, which means you can spend less time making … Read more

Matty Long’s top 10 fantasy books for under 5s

Greetings! My friends at Oxford University Press have handed me the noble quest of picking out 10 books for children under five that feature fantasy themes and other worlds, which is pretty tough considering there’s a wealth of such material open to kids as they start to get into chapter books. So you’ll find no … Read more

Cooking with kids - early maths skills

Cooking with kids – developing early maths skills

Children love to help with cooking and baking. It’s great fun, and a brilliant way to talk about maths together. The trick is to choose recipes that give your child as much control as possible, so they feel like they are the ones doing the cooking. And don’t worry about perfect results. Muffin and biscuit … Read more

Oxford's 12 books of Christmas 2017

Competition: win our 12 books of Christmas 2017

Books make wonderful gifts at Christmas, and – to celebrate – we’re giving away a complete set of our 12 Books of Christmas! THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize, visit our Facebook page and like and comment on our prize draw post telling us which … Read more

The gender gap: how to encourage boys to learn

Save the Children’s 2016 report The Lost Boys revealed that, in England, boys are almost twice as likely as girls to have fallen behind in language and communication skills at the age of five, putting their opportunities for long-term success at risk. Once again, this year’s KS2 SATs results showed the gender gap between boys … Read more

Children playing at primary school

Choosing a primary school

If your child was born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014, you will need to apply for a place at primary school by the middle of January 2018. If this applies to you, you might find yourself asking two questions: 1. Wow, primary school already, where did the time go? 2. Now, where … Read more

Winnie birthday cake

Happy Birthday, Winnie!

Our top 10 unforgettable Winnie and Wilbur moments Friday 13 October 2017 marked the 30th birthday of our favourite witch Winnie and her loyal sidekick Wilbur! Over the past 30 years the Winnie and Wilbur series by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul has sold over seven million copies in more than 10 languages. This year, … Read more