Back to school BINGO

Frustrated by single-word answers from your child about the first weeks at school? Get the conversation started with our Back to school BINGO card. Print it out, stick it on the fridge and see how long it takes to tick off five in a row. Download it now

Children’s dictionaries – how to find the right dictionary for your child

Looking up an unfamiliar word in the dictionary can be a daunting task for many children. Without specially written definitions suited to their reading level, using a dictionary will be frustrating and discouraging, with each new definition containing more confusing words than the last! Encouraging children to use an appropriate dictionary on their own terms … Read more

Car journey games

Whether it’s term-time or the holidays, there’s always so much to squeeze in to each week that good intentions to play learning games usually get pushed towards the bottom of the list. But long car journeys are a really good opportunity. Simple games distract my boys from their favourite hobbies of shrieking or squabbling. And … Read more

Girl looks at books in library

Your local library — a forgotten treasure trove

Guest blogger, Clare Turner, is a Primary School Librarian with a passion for books and reading for pleasure. She has two children of her own. I still remember visiting my local childhood library with my mum. It was a place to explore; a treasure trove containing the keys to hundreds of different worlds. I may … Read more

Egg-cellent family fun – WIN a bundle of goodies this Easter

Spring has sprung, and Easter is nearly here! To celebrate, we’re giving away a fantastic bundle of Easter treats, including our brilliant new picture book Mr Bunny’s Chocolate Factory, which offers children a hilarious and irresistible look at how Mr Bunny’s chocolate eggs are made! The lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Mr … Read more

SPLAT!

Book of the month: SPLAT!

SPLAT! Written and illustrated by Jon Burgerman When you turn the page, get ready for SPLAT! — a very messy fit of giggles! Every time you turn the page, something goes SPLAT! From custard pies and sandwiches to water balloons and ice creams, a whole series of outrageous splats add up to one hilarious interactive … Read more

Roald Dahl

World Book Day costume ideas

Did you know that 2017 marks 20 years since the first UK World Book Day? This year, on 2 March 2017, make this wonderful celebration of books and reading extra special with our World Book Day costume ideas. Not only do they feature some of our favourite children’s book characters, they all require absolutely no … Read more

Practise numeracy skills while cooking

Ideas to sneak learning into everyday activities

Sneak some learning into your normal activities Sometimes you might want to support your child in a structured way. There might be a specific aspect of their learning that they’d benefit from some extra support with – practising their writing or working on some maths problems. This can be a great way of helping your … Read more

Talk to your child's teacher

Preparing for parents’ evening

Parents’ evening Most schools hold parents’ evenings every term, and they’re a very important part of the relationship you develop with your child’s school and their teacher. Whether you’re about to have your first experience of a parents’ evening, or already have several under your belt, we’ve got some suggestions to help make sure you … Read more