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Key Stage 2 SATs – advice and help for parents

With Key Stage 2 SATs slowly appearing on the horizon, you might be wondering how you can best help your Year 6 child prepare. Fortunately, we have a wide range of useful resources to give you a head start in figuring out exactly what SATs involve and how you can support your child. Take a … Read more

How to find the perfect words for your story

Every writer wants to find the perfect words to tell their story. These activities will guide your child through four ways to make their language sparkle, from creating striking similes to wielding unusual words. Remind your child to share their dazzling prose with the world by submitting a story to this year’s BBC 500 Words … Read more

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

Maths prep

Helping your child prepare for the KS2 SATs maths test

As part of their SATs, your Year 6 child will soon be tested in all areas of the key stage 2 maths curriculum. In order to do this, they must sit three separate papers: one arithmetic paper and two mathematical reasoning papers. Schools will of course be making sure that your child is as ready … 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

Make Me Awesome by Ben Davis

Book of the Month: Make Me Awesome by Ben Davis

Make Me Awesome by Ben Davis, illustrated by Mike Lowery From the author of My Embarrassing Dad’s Gone Viral and Danny Dread comes a new laugh-out-loud tale of young-teen trials and tribulations – perfect for children aged 9+ and fans of funny fiction such as My Brother is a Superhero and The Astounding Broccoli Boy. … 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

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