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Boys enjoying a book together

Great books to get boys reading

If I were in charge of education, reading for pleasure would be at the heart of the curriculum. All the evidence suggests that the benefits are huge and wide-ranging, both educationally and personally. Plus, it’s fun, and I do think that school should be fun. Sadly, the evidence also suggests that boys read for pleasure … Read more

spooky stories

Spooky reads for 9+ year olds

Embrace Halloween with our recommended spooky reads for 9–11 year olds, including Flood and Fang, The Dark is Rising and Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror. Please note: all book links lead to more information on Amazon.co.uk Age 9+ A Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony Snicket The first in the series of books featuring the unfortunate … Read more

Dog tales

Man’s best friend takes the lead in these wonderful tales. Oh No, George! Chris Haughton Age: 3–5 | Oxford Level 4–5 George tries to do the right thing, but sometimes temptation is just too much for him. Join George as he attempts to exert some self-control in a gloriously funny story that will resonate with … Read more

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Non-verbal reasoning

Non-verbal reasoning is one of those phrases you may have heard a lot, especially if your child is in Year 6, and it is likely to come up in many Year 6 home/school meetings. But what exactly is non-verbal reasoning? What is non-verbal reasoning? Non-verbal reasoning is sometimes called abstract reasoning. It involves solving problems … Read more

Roald Dahl Day 2018

An extra-usual talent Few writers have left such a gloriumptious legacy as Roald Dahl. His books continue to delight and inspire children (and adults) across the world, making lifelong impressions on readers through their wit, originality and underlying warmth. From the magical absurdism of James and the Giant Peach to the outrageous villainy of The … Read more

Book of the Month: The Night Zookeeper: The Lioness of Fire Desert

The Night Zookeeper: Lioness of Fire Desert Written by Joshua Davidson and illustrated by Buzz Burman The zoo needs you… Join Will and his friends, Ria and Sam the spying giraffe, as they continue their adventure in the magical world of the Night Zoo. This time, they journey to Fire Desert, where they meet Captain … Read more

COMPETITION: The Accidental President

Win a signed set of Accidental books by Tom McLaughlin, including The Accidental President! Politics and presidency are hot topics at the moment, which got us thinking: would the world be a better place if kids were in charge? Tell us what law your child would introduce if they were president for the day for … Read more

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What do the KS2 SATs scores mean?

Key Stage 2 National Test scores explained Post first published on 14th June 2017 and updated on 10th July 2018. In May, 11-year-olds across England took national tests in reading; grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS or sometimes, SPaG); and maths. These tests (often referred to as SATs) are marked externally and the results are sent … Read more

Book of the Month: Riddle of the Runes

Riddle of the Runes Written by Janina Ramirez and illustrated by David Wyatt ‘A book that every aspiring shield maiden should keep close to her heart if she wants her buckles to truly swash. A tale with a big, warm, wild heart.’ Frank Cottrell-Boyce Abruptly woken in the middle of the night by the village … Read more

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Coding for children: problem-solving, precision, and going unplugged

Back in 2014, the primary curriculum as we knew it was dramatically overhauled in pretty much every area of learning. ICT (information and communication technology) saw some of the biggest changes — namely because it ceased to exist as a subject from that point onwards! It was replaced by computing, which placed a much heavier … Read more