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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

BBC 500 Words 2018

2018 Oxford Children’s Word of the Year: Plastic

Plastic has been revealed as the Children’s Word of the Year by Oxford University Press for the BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words Competition. British children have once again shown themselves to be fabulously inventive, funny and socially astute. This year, more than 134,000 children entered the competition and the team at Oxford Children’s Dictionaries have … Read more

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Books to inspire young scientists

Why encourage your child to read about science? There are loads of reasons. Science and engineering provide fantastic career opportunities, but science is not just for scientists – it’s a huge part of everyday life. A good grounding in science will help every child to navigate their world and make good decisions. Yet with the … Read more

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Countdown to the KS2 SATs: week four

A marathon, not a sprint “We want children to arrive at the week itself feeling confident and relaxed. They’ve put in the hard work and now it’s time for the race itself.” Hello, I’m James Clements. For ten years, I worked as a teacher and deputy head at a successful primary school in West London. … Read more

Happyville High

Book of the Month: Happyville High

Happyville High: Geek Tragedy Written and illustrated by Tom McLaughlin Heroic nerds are here to save the day! From the author of the hugely successful Accidental Prime Minister comes a hilarious new series that celebrates super nerds and geeks, with all the wit and humour that kids love! A highly recommended read for fans of … Read more

Countdown to the KS2 SATs: week three

Revision can be fun… yes, really “Revision doesn’t just mean poring over a revision guide or completing a practice paper. This week I’m going to share some ways of preparing for the KS2 national tests that might actually be (whisper it) fun.” Hello, I’m James Clements. For ten years, I worked as a teacher and … Read more

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Countdown to the KS2 SATs: week two

Five tried and tested revision techniques “The first step is to talk to them about where they feel their strengths lie and where they might need to develop.” Hello, I’m James Clements. For ten years, I worked as a teacher and deputy head at a successful primary school in West London. For seven of those … Read more