Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl Word of the Week: time-twiddler

  time-twiddler (noun) Plural: time-twiddlers Definition: A time-twiddler is someone who lives for a very long time. Giants are ancient time-twiddlers who have been living for centuries. Example: ‘Giants is never dying,’ the BFG answered … ‘Mostly us giants is simply going on and on like whiffsy time-twiddlers.’ – The BFG Did you know? When … Read more

Boys sharing a book

Why non-fiction is important for reading development

Roderick Hunt MBE, co-creator of Oxford Reading Tree, asks ‘Why is non-fiction important for reading development?’ Why is it important to widen children’s early reading experience into reading non-fiction and information books? It is because the literate, print-bound world for which children are being educated requires the ability to process information and master the many … 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

Boy writing

Writing non-fiction for fun

What does your child want to be when they grow up? Headlines tell us that 65% of today’s primary-aged children will be doing jobs that don’t exist yet! But one thing is certain – most of these futuristic jobs will involve writing. From emails, blogs and scripts to reports and proposals, written communication is a … Read more

Write your own scary story

How to write your best SCARY story!

With Halloween coming up, we thought we would treat you to a spooky snippet from the fabulous How to Write Your Best Story Ever! by Christopher Edge, to help you create your own terrifying tales… How to write your best SCARY story! What scares you? A haunted house with creaking stairs? A ghostly apparition flitting … Read more

Discovery walks – fun outdoor learning ideas

Children are drawn to natural objects. We often return from walks with pockets full of acorns, feathers, stones and sticks. Especially sticks! You can harness this love of found objects to sneak in a little bit of learning. These natural objects are fantastic for activities that combine science, technology, engineering, art and maths – also … Read more

Fun things to do outside this autumn

Autumn is a brilliant time to visit the park and woods. Even on dull-weather days, children need to get outside and explore – it’s good for their physical and mental well-being, and can be fun family time too. Here are seven ideas for things to do outside this autumn, courtesy of author Julia Green and … Read more

What to do if you’re worried about your child’s mental health

Here at Oxford Owl, we know that children’s mental health is a very important issue, so we’ve teamed up with the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) to put together some advice about how you can support your child to cope with stress and anxiety, information about children’s mental health and … Read more

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