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

The Accidental Father Christmas

Book of the month: The Accidental Father Christmas

The Accidental Father Christmas By Tom McLaughlin The latest in the hilarious ‘Accidental’ series, this book is an absolute Christmas cracker for readers aged 9-12 and a great choice for fans of David Walliams. Ben is a passionate young lad who wants nothing more than to have his Dad at home for Christmas. Since his … 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

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

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

Children at secondary school

Choosing a secondary school

Let’s start where we ought we start – with the child. When I was considering secondary schools for my son I wanted him to be happy, which is something it’s easy to lose sight of in the frenzy of school gate conversations, online Ofsted reports, slick open events, well-spun prospectuses and bewildering league tables. Your … 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