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Recommended books and accompanying activities to keep kids entertained during the school holidays.

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Book of the Month: The Island That Didn’t Exist

Book of the Month: The Island That Didn’t Exist

Set out on an island adventure where you’ll meet wild children, uncover scientific secrets, and join a battle to protect the future of ... Read more

Using music for social and emotional development: Family activities from Amani Project

Using music for social and emotional development: Family activities from Amani Project

We’re working with Amani Project to help you make music and make change this summer! Get involved and complete the weekly activities to Read more

500 Words: Black Lives Matter – how are British children responding to the emerging themes and issues in their writing?

500 Words: Black Lives Matter – how are British children responding to the emerging themes and issues in their writing?

Almost 6,000 children entered the writing competition in July 2020 and Oxford University Press' analysis shines a light on children’s ... Read more

Establishing a reading habit for the summer holidays and beyond

Establishing a reading habit for the summer holidays and beyond

There are so many reasons to read with your children, this summer holiday and beyond. Read Mary Hamley's tips on how to encourage a ... Read more

Summer reading for kids: recommended books

Summer reading for kids: recommended books

From island adventures to stories about twin detectives, here’s our list of favourite children’s books to read this summer. Read more

Oxford Levels: How to support your 7–11-year-old’s reading development

Oxford Levels: How to support your 7–11-year-old’s reading development

Find out how Oxford Levels and levelled readers can support and develop your child's reading skills even after they've learned how to read. Read more

Moving on up (to secondary school)!

Moving on up (to secondary school)!

This year, the uncertainty around schools reopening could make moving up to big school even more daunting than usual. Here are our top ... Read more

Book of the Month: <em>Oxford Phonics Spelling Dictionary</em>

Book of the Month: Oxford Phonics Spelling Dictionary

The Oxford Phonics Spelling Dictionary is packed with words ordered by phonic sound to help young children learn how to spell. Enter ... Read more

Top 8 books about starting school

Top 8 books about starting school

Starting school is a big milestone in a child’s life – not to mention a parent/carer’s too! Here are eight engaging stories and picture Read more

Learning at home during lockdown: Almost over the finish line

Learning at home during lockdown: Almost over the finish line

If, like us, finding the enthusiasm to keep going with home learning is tricky, here are a few ideas for making it over the finish line. Read more

Inspire the author in your child with the new 500 Words: Black Lives Matter Competition!

Inspire the author in your child with the new 500 Words: Black Lives Matter Competition!

Oxford University Press is proud to be partnering with the 500Words: Black Lives Matter story-writing competition. Our language experts Read more

Teaching number bonds (without any screens)

Teaching number bonds (without any screens)

Lots of schoolwork is being set online at the moment. Here is one example from education expert James Clements of teaching maths skills Read more

2020 Oxford Children’s Word of the Year: Coronavirus

2020 Oxford Children’s Word of the Year: Coronavirus

Coronavirus is the 2020 Oxford Children’s Word of the Year. Find out about children’s evolving use of language from analysis of stories Read more

Book of the Month: <em>Progress with Oxford</em>: Age 8–10 Activity Books

Book of the Month: Progress with Oxford: Age 8–10 Activity Books

From cracking comprehension to tackling times tables, Progress with Oxford has been created to help your child practise essential ... Read more

Boosting early maths skills with number facts

Boosting early maths skills with number facts

Louise Pennington shows us her top five maths games, including 'Bunny rabbit ears' and 'What's in the bag?', to help your child ... Read more

Start calculating with Numicon

Start calculating with Numicon

It can be hard making the jump from counting numbers to calculating. Sheila O'Reilly shares activities to introduce your child to ... Read more

How reading programmes can help junior readers

How reading programmes can help junior readers

Once your child has mastered decoding, it can be liberating to choose whatever books they like – but there are still benefits to ... Read more

Developing reading skills as your child gets older

Developing reading skills as your child gets older

Once your child has mastered phonics and word-reading, where do they go next? Here are our ideas to keep your 7–11-year-old's reading ... Read more

Learning at home: Reading to learn

Learning at home: Reading to learn

Education expert James Clements talks about how children who are already confident readers can get the most out of their reading. Read more

Times tables: Practice makes perfect

Times tables: Practice makes perfect

Maths teacher and education expert Louise Pennington shares her favourite activities and games to help your child learn their times tables. Read more

Ordering and counting with Numicon

Ordering and counting with Numicon

Early Years teacher and mother Sheila O'Reilly shows us how to use Numicon shapes to help your child learn to count and order numbers. Read more

Learning at home: The tricky business of screen time

Learning at home: The tricky business of screen time

Keeping your child's screen time manageable can be tricky, especially at the moment. Education expert James Clements gives us his top tips. Read more

Writing a thank you letter

Writing a thank you letter

Practise handwriting by writing a thank you letter to someone who has helped you during lockdown – like a teacher, a family member, or ... Read more

How Numicon can help develop maths skills at home

How Numicon can help develop maths skills at home

Early Years teacher and mother Sheila O'Reilly shows us how the 1st Steps with Numicon at Home kit can support your child's early maths Read more

Five ways to improve maths home-learning

Five ways to improve maths home-learning

Maths expert Andrew Jeffrey shares five easy-to-implement strategies that can make a positive difference to our children’s maths ... Read more

Not your typical books for boys

Not your typical books for boys

An alternative list of recommended books for boys. Perfect for boys who are looking to read about something other than football or ... Read more

Teaching maths at home

Teaching maths at home

Mathemagician Andrew Jeffrey suggests ways you can support your child's maths development at home without needing to be an expert. Read more

Money, money, money

Money, money, money

Money isn’t everything, but being 'good with money' is undoubtedly a useful life skill. Read Fiona Lazenby's top tips for practising ... Read more

Maths is everywhere!

Maths is everywhere!

Maths expert Louise Pennington shares her advice for developing your child's maths skills during school closures by exploring maths in ... Read more

Learning at home: What can we learn from teachers?

Learning at home: What can we learn from teachers?

Education expert James Clements talks about the lessons we can learn from teachers about helping your child to learn at home. Read more

Learning at home: Learning to read

Learning at home: Learning to read

Education expert James Clements runs through everything you need to keep your child's reading skills developing during the school lockdown. Read more

Author videos: Storytelling, draw-alongs, and challenges

Author videos: Storytelling, draw-alongs, and challenges

Over the coming weeks, we are bringing you exciting new challenges, drawalongs and storytimes direct from the very best authors and ... Read more

Learning at home: Buying yourself some time

Learning at home: Buying yourself some time

Education expert James Clements shares his ideas for keeping the children busy – in a constructive way – when you need to be getting on Read more

Learning at home: How to prioritise sharing a book

Learning at home: How to prioritise sharing a book

Education expert and writer James Clements talks about the importance of reading to your child to boost their educational success in ... Read more

Book of the Month: Super Happy Magic Forest and the Humongous Fungus

Book of the Month: Super Happy Magic Forest and the Humongous Fungus

Five brave heroes, one epic quest… It’s time to head back into the Super Happy Magic Forest! Enter our competition to win your free copy. Read more

Learning at home: What would they be learning at school?

Learning at home: What would they be learning at school?

Education expert and writer James Clements explains what your child would be learning at school, and how we can use (or not use) the ... Read more

Learning at home: Things to get ready for next week

Learning at home: Things to get ready for next week

Education expert and writer James Clements suggests 6 practical things you get get ready over the weekend for next week's learning at home. Read more

Learning at home: Organising the day

Learning at home: Organising the day

Education expert and writer James Clements offers up 4 different approaches to structuring your child's day learning at home. Read more

Learning at home: Making a start

Learning at home: Making a start

Educational expert and writer James Clements gives his 3 top tips of how to get started with teaching your child at home. Read more

Book of the Month: Willow Wildthing and the Swamp Monster

Book of the Month: Willow Wildthing and the Swamp Monster

Win this brand new book, perfect for children age 7+ interested in the natural world and the environment. When Willow crosses the ... Read more

World Book Day costume ideas

World Book Day costume ideas

Make this year's celebration of books and reading extra special with our no-sew World Book Day costume ideas, inlcluding Winnie the ... Read more

Book of the Month: Read with Oxford comic books

Book of the Month: Read with Oxford comic books

Win two Read with Oxford comics, full of fun characters and engaging storylines – from sneaking past ticklish octopuses to getting ... Read more

Inspire the author in your child with the BBC 500 Words Competition 2020!

Inspire the author in your child with the BBC 500 Words Competition 2020!

Oxford Dictionaries for Children has teamed up with BBC Radio 2's 500 Words – the nationwide competition to find the most talented ... Read more

How to help your child with mental arithmetic

How to help your child with mental arithmetic

Building confidence in maths early on will pay back many times over. Get tips for developing your child's mental arithmetic skills. Read more

Learning to read in Reception

Learning to read in Reception

Find out what sort of books to expect to come home in your child’s book bag, and get top tips on how best to support your child. Read more

Building a strong vocabulary: How to help at home

Building a strong vocabulary: How to help at home

Headteacher Tracey Smith shares her ideas for fun and easy games you can play to build your child’s vocabulary and boost their ... Read more

Fractions, decimals and percentages

Fractions, decimals and percentages

Flummoxed by fractions? Dismayed by decimals? Perplexed by percentages? Get tips for exploring these tricky concepts at home. Read more

Great books to get boys reading

Great books to get boys reading

John Dougherty shares his top picks for books to encourage and inspire your son to read. Read more

11+ and entrance exams explained

11+ and entrance exams explained

11+ tutor and writer Michellejoy Hughes explains what the exam involves, how marking works, and what you can do to help your child prepare. Read more

Carry on reading aloud: the benefits of sharing books with older children

Carry on reading aloud: the benefits of sharing books with older children

Few things are more important than reading aloud to our children. James Clements gives his advice on how to keep your child reading ... Read more

How a dictionary and thesaurus can help your child discover the world of words

How a dictionary and thesaurus can help your child discover the world of words

Find out how using dictionaries and thesauruses can expand your child's vocabulary and help them enjoy learning. Read more

What do the KS2 SATs scores mean?

What do the KS2 SATs scores mean?

Education expert James Clements explains what the KS2 SATs are, how scaled scores work, and what you can expect to hear from your ... Read more

Developing your child’s confidence with martial arts

Developing your child’s confidence with martial arts

Mary Stevens discusses how martial arts can help children develop their confidence, their resilience and their self-control, and tells ... Read more

2019 Oxford Children’s Word of the Year: Brexit

2019 Oxford Children’s Word of the Year: Brexit

Brexit is the 2019 Oxford Children’s Word of the Year. Find out about children’s evolving use of language from analysis of stories from Read more

Book of the Month: <em>Warrior Monkeys and the Volcano Adventure</em>

Book of the Month: Warrior Monkeys and the Volcano Adventure

If your child is mad about martial arts, they’re going to love the first book in this dramatic new series, written by martial arts ... Read more

Four top tips for getting the most out of non-fiction

Four top tips for getting the most out of non-fiction

There are lots of great reasons to share factual books with your child. Here are our top four tips for getting the most out of reading ... Read more

Overcoming maths anxiety and being #PositiveAboutNumbers

Overcoming maths anxiety and being #PositiveAboutNumbers

Derry Richardson talks about combating maths anxiety and becoming #PositiveAboutNumbers, with helpful practical tips for parents. Read more

Language unlocks reading – easy ways to support your child’s early language skills

Language unlocks reading – easy ways to support your child’s early language skills

A recent report highlights the link between children's early language skills and their life chances. We look at simple everyday ... Read more

Brilliant picture books: 22 beautiful books for children under 5

Brilliant picture books: 22 beautiful books for children under 5

Wendy Cooling MBE has selected her favourite illustrated books to help you introduce your child to the wonders of stories and storytelling. Read more

How gardening can cultivate your child’s maths skills

How gardening can cultivate your child’s maths skills

Science writer Isabel Thomas shares her top five tips for cultivating maths skills in the garden, no matter how big or small your green Read more

A case for non-fiction:<br />five reasons to read non-fiction with your child

A case for non-fiction:
five reasons to read non-fiction with your child

Education expert James Clements outlines five benefits of reading non-fiction, and gives us his top non-fiction reads for ages 5–11. Read more

Get messy with measuring

Get messy with measuring

Fiona Lazenby tells us her four top tips for learning about volume, area and capacity at home, and having messy fun in the process! Read more

How to edit your 500 Words story

How to edit your 500 Words story

Finished a first draft of your short story and not sure what to do next? Read Christopher Edge's top tips for polishing your story to ... Read more

How to write your 500 Words story

How to write your 500 Words story

So you’ve got your idea, and you’ve planned the plot. Now comes the hardest (but most rewarding) part – actually writing your story. ... Read more

Why does your child need a dictionary?

Why does your child need a dictionary?

Dictionaries are great for developing your child's vocabulary, but not just any will do. Publisher Sam Armstrong explains how Oxford ... Read more

The wonder of words: How learning new words can help your child

The wonder of words: How learning new words can help your child

A rich vocabulary allows a child to enjoy their reading, to express themselves and to learn about the world. James Clements offers tips Read more

How to plan your 500 Words story

How to plan your 500 Words story

Author Christopher Edge shares his top tips on for planning a top-tier tale for the BBC 500 Words short story competition. Read more

Cerrie Burnell’s top tips for reading bedtime stories

Cerrie Burnell’s top tips for reading bedtime stories

Sharing a book at bedtime helps develop your child's vocabulary, gets them used to the idea of regular reading, and gives you both a ... Read more

Story sparks: find inspiration for your short story

Story sparks: find inspiration for your short story

When you look down at a blank piece of paper, inspiration can seem a long way away. Here are Christopher Edge's top tips for coming up ... Read more

Stories from the road less travelled – children’s books that celebrate diversity

Stories from the road less travelled – children’s books that celebrate diversity

Every child deserves to see lives like their own represented in powerful stories. Cerrie Burnell shares her favourite children's books ... Read more

How to choose a book for ages 7–11

How to choose a book for ages 7–11

Literacy adviser and ex-librarian Beverley Humphrey offers her expert advice on how you can help choose the right book for your 7–11 ... Read more

How to choose a book for ages 3–7

How to choose a book for ages 3–7

Children's librarian Greta Paterson shares her 5 top tips for choosing books for 3–7 year olds. Read more

Harriet Muncaster’s creative writing challenge

Harriet Muncaster’s creative writing challenge

Harriet Muncaster gives her top tips on how to write a story, from developing the characters to designing the plot. Read more

10 top tips to help your toddler go to sleep

10 top tips to help your toddler go to sleep

Discover how to help your child get a good night's sleep with these tips inspired by our new book for toddlers, Goodnight, Sleep Tight. Read more

Choosing a primary school

Choosing a primary school

Education expert James Clements gives his advice on how to choose the right school for your child. Read more

Spooky reads for 9+ year olds

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 ... Read more

Non-verbal reasoning

Non-verbal reasoning

Parents with children in Year 6 will probably hear about non-verbal reasoning a lot. But what exactly is non-verbal reasoning? Read more

How to support your child during GCSEs – what to do and when

How to support your child during GCSEs – what to do and when

As your child starts studying for their GCSEs, Aaron Wilkes gives his advice on navigating the new exams and encouraging good study skills. Read more

The new GCSEs explained – what’s changed and how the new grades work

The new GCSEs explained – what’s changed and how the new grades work

Teacher and writer Aaron Wilkes explains what the new 1–9 GCSE grades mean, how they will be used, and how they map onto the old A*–U ... Read more

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

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

Guest blogger Claire Lotriet discusses the benefits of encouraging children to code, and explains the place of computing in the curriculum. Read more

2018 Oxford Children’s Word of the Year: Plastic

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 500 Words Competition. British ... Read more

Books to inspire young scientists

Books to inspire young scientists

Science and engineering provide fantastic career opportunities, but science is not just for scientists – it’s a huge part of everyday ... Read more

Countdown to the KS2 SATs: week four

Countdown to the KS2 SATs: week four

James Clements offers some last-minute advice for the KS2 SATs, as well as tips on how you can best support your child during exam week Read more

Countdown to the KS2 SATs: week three

Countdown to the KS2 SATs: week three

James Clements takes us through how you can help make your child's KS2 SATs revision fun (yes, really). Read more > Read more

Countdown to the KS2 SATs: week two

Countdown to the KS2 SATs: week two

Advice from James Clements on how your child can best prepare for KS2 SATs, including lots of revision tips and ideas. Read more > Read more

The word gap: How to build your child’s vocabulary at home

The word gap: How to build your child’s vocabulary at home

Oxford University Press surveyed over 1,300 teachers who reported that the word gap is not only affecting children’s achievement at ... Read more

Picture books for older readers

Picture books for older readers

Who says we have to leave picture books behind in KS1? These wonderful books use spellbinding illustrations to introduce children to ... Read more

Everyday activities to practise subtraction

Everyday activities to practise subtraction

Subtraction is a key concept in the primary maths curriculum. Here are some easy activities you can try at home to build your child’s ... Read more

How to write your best story ever!

How to write your best story ever!

Christopher Edge, author of 'How to Write your Best Story Ever!', shares his top 10 tips to help your child write amazing stories. Read more

Harriet Muncaster’s top 10 magical books

Harriet Muncaster’s top 10 magical books

Harriet Muncaster, creator of Isadora Moon, picks her top 10 favourite magical children's books, from old classics to graphic novels. Read more

Tom McLaughlin’s top 10 hilarious books

Tom McLaughlin’s top 10 hilarious books

Children's author Tom McLaughlin picks his 10 favourite funny books for children and teenagers, from classic stories to non-fiction to ... Read more

Ben Davis’ top 10 funny books

Ben Davis’ top 10 funny books

Children's author Ben Davis chooses his top 10 favourite funny books for children and teenagers, from old classics to brand new series. Read more

Matty Long’s top 10 fantasy books for under 5s

Matty Long’s top 10 fantasy books for under 5s

Matty Long, author of Super Magic Happy Forest, chooses his favourite fantasy picture books for children under five years old. Read more

6 top tips for finishing your 500 Words story

6 top tips for finishing your 500 Words story

It’s easy to start a story, and it’s hard to finish one. Francesca Simon, author of the Horrid Henry series, shares her top tips for ... Read more

How to find the perfect words for your story

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 ... Read more

4 fun ways to develop characters for a short story

4 fun ways to develop characters for a short story

Every story needs a star! These four fun activities will help any aspiring author dream up some page-turning protagonists. Read more

4 top tips for writing great plots

4 top tips for writing great plots

Top tips for helping children develop great plots in their creative writing. Read more

4 tips to inspire children’s creative writing

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 inspire your child's ... Read more

4 easy ways to practise division at home

4 easy ways to practise division at home

In primary school, children learn that division is about sharing things or grouping things. Here, we have put together some easy ... Read more

Cooking with kids – developing early maths skills

Cooking with kids – developing early maths skills

Cooking with your child makes for a fun opportunity to talk about maths together. Author Isabel Thomas shares her tips for using maths ... Read more

The gender gap: how to encourage boys to learn

The gender gap: how to encourage boys to learn

An important factor in boys' success at school is what they learn at home. Here are 6 simple ways you can help your child do well in ... Read more

Writing non-fiction for fun

Writing non-fiction for fun

As writing for pleasure becomes less popular with children, Isabel Thomas emphasises the importance of writing non-fiction for fun. Read more

Ideas to develop problem-solving skills

Ideas to develop problem-solving skills

Isabel Thomas shares her fun, simple ways to explore maths and problem-solving while you're out and about with the family. Read more

What are reading schemes and why do they matter?

What are reading schemes and why do they matter?

Educational publishing expert Andrea Quincey explains why reading schemes are important, and what the different colours, bands and ... Read more

Magical tales for 5–7 year olds

Magical tales for 5–7 year olds

Halloween doesn't have to be scary. Treat younger children to these magical tales of fairies, witches and some rather pesky cats! Read more

Discovery walks – fun outdoor learning ideas

Discovery walks – fun outdoor learning ideas

Isabel Thomas shares her ideas for fun and educational activities to do outside, from collecting leaves to spotting patterns in nature. Read more

Building reading dens

Building reading dens

Isabel Thomas explains how making reading dens with your child can turn reading a book into a special shared adventure with these ... Read more

Choosing a secondary school

Choosing a secondary school

Author and teacher Jill Carter runs through what to consider when choosing a secondary school. Read more

How to make time for homework and home learning – tips for creating the right space and schedule in busy households

How to make time for homework and home learning – tips for creating the right space and schedule in busy households

There are lots of simple things you can do to make doing homework a positive and rewarding experience for your child and to support ... Read more

Back to school BINGO

Back to school BINGO

Frustrated by single-word answers from your child about the first few weeks at school? Get the conversation started with our Back to ... Read more

Children’s dictionaries – how to find the right dictionary for your child

Children’s dictionaries – how to find the right dictionary for your child

Find the right dictionary for your child with these four useful tips. Read more

7 ways to practise multiplication skills at home

7 ways to practise multiplication skills at home

Bring maths to life with these seven easy activities you can try at home to build and improve your child’s understanding of multiplication. Read more

Car journey games

Car journey games

Isabel Thomas suggests simple games to keep your child occupied on long car journeys – and to squeeze in a bit of learning on the way! Read more

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

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

The team at Oxford Children’s Dictionaries have been poring through all 131,798 entries to identify the Children’s Word of the Year ... Read more

How to support your child as they start secondary school

How to support your child as they start secondary school

Teacher and writer Jill Carter takes us through her tips for helping your child cope with the transition from primary to secondary school. Read more

How to build a girl – books to inspire, encourage, or just reassure your daughter

How to build a girl – books to inspire, encourage, or just reassure your daughter

Books to inspire, encourage, or just reassure your daughter, selected by the award-winning children's author Joanna Nadin. Read more

Science for fun – six super science activities to try at home

Science for fun – six super science activities to try at home

Six super science activities to try at home from Isabel Thomas. Bake a solar system, design a marble run, and sculpt with sugar! Read more

Your local library – a forgotten treasure trove

Your local library – a forgotten treasure trove

Guest blogger and primary school librarian Clare Turner gives her top five reasons why you should visit the library with your child. Read more

SATs skills: Preparing your child for KS2 SATs

SATs skills: Preparing your child for KS2 SATs

Everything you need to know to prepare your child for the key stage 2 SATs, including expert advice and example questions. Read more

Early numeracy skills: 6 fun ways to encourage counting

Early numeracy skills: 6 fun ways to encourage counting

It’s never too early to explore numbers and counting with your child. Encourage early numeracy skills with these 6 great activities. Read more

Early years: Getting ready to write

Early years: Getting ready to write

Here are 5 fun and easy activities you can try at home to build up your child's co-ordination, strength, and control before they start ... Read more

Why is animal fiction important?

Why is animal fiction important?

Tom Moorhouse talks about the importance of animal fiction: in building empathy, introducing children to difficult topics, and much more. Read more

Supporting spelling at home

Supporting spelling at home

Mark Twain once observed, ‘anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word lacks imagination’. The government disagrees, so here ... Read more

World Book Day – Read the world!

World Book Day – Read the world!

Children's author Ali Sparkes gives her top 8 suggestions on how to encourage reluctant or struggling readers this World Book Day. Read more

Five easy ways to explore fractions with your child

Five easy ways to explore fractions with your child

Here are five easy ways you can relate fractions to everyday life, including ideas for using food, fun activities, and a free ... Read more

Supporting your child to develop their reading comprehension skills

Supporting your child to develop their reading comprehension skills

Some tips to support your child as they begin to understand the concept of a story and start improving their reading comprehension. Read more

Times tables tips

Times tables tips

Our times tables top tips will provide some useful advice, ideas, and free activities to help you support your child in learning their ... Read more

How to pick books for struggling readers

How to pick books for struggling readers

If your child is a struggling reader, here are 11 practical things to look out for in books that will encourage your child to start reading. Read more

Five creative ways to help with spelling homework

Five creative ways to help with spelling homework

Looking for some fun spelling ideas? Look no further. These games will help your child to learn those spelling words and enjoy it in ... Read more

Ideas to sneak learning into everyday activities

Ideas to sneak learning into everyday activities

Here are education expert James Clements' favourite ways to teach your child on the sly, supporting their learning while having fun! Read more

Developing empathy through reading

Developing empathy through reading

Children's author Anne Booth, creator of the Lucy series, discusses how reading builds up emotional literacy, empathy, and relationship Read more

How can I support my child with phonics?

How can I support my child with phonics?

There are so many easy things you can do to help support your child’s phonics learning. Here are a few ideas from phonics expert Laura Sharp. Read more

What is phonics?

What is phonics?

Education expert Laura Sharp breaks down what phonics is, how phonics is taught in schools, and why phonics is important and useful. Read more

Supernatural tales for 7–9 year olds

Supernatural tales for 7–9 year olds

Watch your children's imaginations spirit them away with our selection of supernatural tales for ages 7–9. Unputdownable books about ... Read more

Using storytelling to develop reading and writing skills

Using storytelling to develop reading and writing skills

Early reading specialist Emily Guille-Marrett talks about how oral storytelling can lay the foundations for literacy skills – as well ... Read more