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Preparing for parents’ evening

Most schools hold parents’ evenings every term, and they’re a very important part of the relationship you develop with your child’s school and their teacher. Whether you’re about to have your first experience of a parents’ evening, or already have several under your belt, we’ve got some suggestions to help make sure you get the … Read more

‘Trump’ revealed as Children’s Word of the Year 2017

Trump has been revealed as Children’s Word of the Year by Oxford University Press for BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words. This year, more than 130,000 children entered the BBC 500 Words competition and the team at Oxford Children’s Dictionaries have been poring through all 131,798 entries to identify the Children’s Word of the Year 2017 … Read more


Book of the month: SPLAT!

SPLAT! Written and illustrated by Jon Burgerman When you turn the page, get ready for SPLAT! — a very messy fit of giggles! Every time you turn the page, something goes SPLAT! From custard pies and sandwiches to water balloons and ice creams, a whole series of outrageous splats add up to one hilarious interactive … Read more

Year 6 SATs: What you need to know

As we head into the Spring term, the Key Stage 2 SATs loom large on the horizon for parents and teachers across the country. Certainly, as a Year 6 teacher, it is now that I begin to really think about that week in May when my class will be sitting their SATs.   Vicky, teacher … Read more


Preparing for the KS2 SATS reading test

In May of year 6, your child will sit a reading test as part of their end of Key Stage Two National Curriculum Assessments (SATs)*. This is designed to assess how well your child is doing in relation to the National Curriculum programme of study for reading, and is primarily a test of reading comprehension. … Read more

Five ways to encourage reluctant readers

From ‘thinking outside the bookbag’ to reading for a purpose, children’s author and mum of three, Isabel Thomas shares some great advice on helping reluctant readers get excited about books. You can spot a reluctant reader by putting a book in their hands. Five minutes later they’ll be gazing out of the window, wriggling on … Read more

Learning phonics

What is phonics?

New routines, new friends and new approaches to learning; starting in Reception is a milestone for you as well as your child. Feel assured that many of the simple activities you have been doing already have formed the basis for the new learning journey you both are about to take, especially the talking to and … Read more

Using storytelling to develop reading and writing skills

Emily is an early reading specialist and founder of Reading Fairy. Please note: all book links lead to more information on Amazon.co.uk Everyone is a Story Maker My life is dedicated to telling stories, creating stories and sharing children’s picture books – both in my work and with my boys at home. I am passionate … Read more