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Bookshop

Bookshop

Browse your favourite Oxford University Press series for reading at home, like Biff, Chip and Kipper and Isadora Moon, as well as dictionaries and activity books.

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Comprehension

Comprehension

Find out how reading comprehension is taught throughout primary school, and take a look at our books, advice, and free activities to help at home.

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Spelling in Year 2 (age 6–7)

Spelling in Year 2 (age 6–7)

In Year 2, your child’s knowledge of spelling is assessed by their teacher and in the SPaG SATs test. Find out how you can help with spelling at home.

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Spelling in Year 1 (age 5–6)

Spelling in Year 1 (age 5–6)

In Year 1, your child will learn about the alphabet and will learn to spell some basic words. Find out how you can help your child with spelling at home.

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Writing

Writing

Everything you need to know about how your child will learn to write in primary school, and how to help at home. Take a look at our advice and activities.

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Spelling

Spelling

Everything you need to know about spelling at primary school, from early years to Year 6. Find out how you can help your child’s spelling at home.

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English: Age 10–11 (Year 6)

English: Age 10–11 (Year 6)

In Year 6, your child will use complex puctuation, sentences, and vocabulary in their writing and may be fully independent readers. Find out how you can help their learning at home.

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Spelling in Year 3 (age 7–8)

Spelling in Year 3 (age 7–8)

In Year 3, your child will write and read more, learning more complex spellings as they go. Find out how to help your child with spelling at home.

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English: Age 8–9 (Year 4)

English: Age 8–9 (Year 4)

In Year 4, your child will read more independently, learn complex punctuation, and start using a pen. Find out how you can help their learning at home.

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English: Age 9–10 (Year 5)

English: Age 9–10 (Year 5)

In Year 5, your child will improve their reading and writing and will learn new grammar and punctuation. Find out how you can help their learning at home.

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Writing in Year 6 (age 10–11)

Writing in Year 6 (age 10–11)

In Year 6, your child will continue to develop develop as a writer, becoming more independent and creative. Find out how to help your child learn at home.

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Writing in Year 5 (age 9–10)

Writing in Year 5 (age 9–10)

In Year 5, your child will continue to develop develop as a writer, becoming more independent and creative. Find out how to help your child learn at home.

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Spelling in Year 4 (age 8–9)

Spelling in Year 4 (age 8–9)

In Year 4, your child will write and read more, learning more complex spellings as they go. Find out how to help your child with spelling at home.

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English: Age 6–7 (Year 2)

English: Age 6–7 (Year 2)

In Year 2, your child’s confidence with grammar, speaking, reading, and writing will grow. Find out what they will learn at school and how to help at home.

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English: Age 7–8 (Year 3)

English: Age 7–8 (Year 3)

In Year 3, your child will focus more on spelling and grammar, and they will read and write new genres. Find out what they will learn at school and how to help at home.

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English: Age 5–6 (Year 1)

English: Age 5–6 (Year 1)

In Year 1, your child’s reading, writing, and speaking skills will develop in leaps and bounds. Find out what they will learn at school and how to help at home.

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Writing in Year 4 (age 8–9)

Writing in Year 4 (age 8–9)

In Year 4, your child will develop their imaginative ideas and will write for particular audiences and purposes. Find out how to help them learn at home.

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Writing in Year 3 (age 7–8)

Writing in Year 3 (age 7–8)

In Year 3, your child will develop their imaginative ideas and will write for particular audiences and purposes. Find out how to help them learn at home.

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Geometry & shapes

Geometry & shapes

Understanding geometry is essential to be able to understand and describe the world around us. Discover what your child will learn at school and how you can help at home.

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Vocabulary

Vocabulary

Find out how your child expands their vocabulary at primary school, and discover how you can help them learn new vocabulary at home.

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Handwriting

Handwriting

Everything you need to know about how handwriting is taught at school and what you can do to support your child at home, from the early years to Year 6.

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At school

At school

Find out what children will learn each year at primary school, and get tips on how to prepare them for their Key Stage SATs.

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Writing in Year 1 (age 5–6)

Writing in Year 1 (age 5–6)

In Year 1, your child will learn to write sentences, discuss their writing, and read their writing aloud. Find out how you can help your child at home.

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Writing in Year 2 (age 6–7)

Writing in Year 2 (age 6–7)

In Year 2, your child will learn to write sentences, discuss their writing, and read their writing aloud. Find out how you can help your child at home.

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Help

Help

Find out all about Oxford Owl for Home, and find answers to your most frequently asked questions. Find useful links and information, including how to log in, on our help page.

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Handwriting in Year 2 (age 6–7)

Handwriting in Year 2 (age 6–7)

In Year 2, your child will learn to form letters at the right size and to join letters when appropriate. Find out how you can help their learning at home.

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Common reading issues

Common reading issues

Tackle common reading problems with our expert advice on supporting struggling readers, engaging reluctant readers, and encouraging boys to pick up a book.

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Handwriting in Year 4 (age 8–9)

Handwriting in Year 4 (age 8–9)

In Year 4, your child will learn fluent handwriting skills, making their writing consistent and easier to read. Find out how to help their learning at home.

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Handwriting in Year 3 (age 7–8)

Handwriting in Year 3 (age 7–8)

In Year 3, your child will learn fluent handwriting skills, making their writing consistent and easier to read. Find out how to help their learning at home.

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Handwriting in Year 1 (age 5–6)

Handwriting in Year 1 (age 5–6)

In Year 1, your child will learn to hold a pencil, to form letters and numbers, and to write simple words. Find out how you can help their learning at home.

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: Rhyming Games Flashcards

Biff, Chip and Kipper: Rhyming Games Flashcards

These exciting rhyming games encourage children to practise their letters and sounds. They will help your child link groups of letters with their sounds, recognise rhyming words, develop memory and concentration skills and develop early reading and spelling skills.

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Maths

Maths

Find out how maths is taught at primary school. Prepare for KS1 and KS2 SATs. Tips, games, and activities to help your child with maths and times tables.

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Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Phonics Games Flashcards

Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Phonics Games Flashcards

These exciting phonics games encourage children to practise their letters and sounds and have an awareness of rhyme. They will help children to link groups of letters with their sounds, recognise rhyming words, develop memory and concentration skills and develop early reading and spelling skills.

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Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Alphabet Games Flashcards

Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Alphabet Games Flashcards

These exciting alphabet games encourage children to practise their letters and sounds and have an awareness of rhyme. They will help children to link groups of letters with their sounds, to recognise individual letter shapes and sounds, and read and spell simple words.

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Helping Your Child to Read: Practical advice and top tips!

Helping Your Child to Read: Practical advice and top tips!

This guide provides the information and advice you need to support your child’s success with reading. Including an explanation of phonics and an overview of the Read with Oxford stages, the guide also contains useful tips, ideas for games and activities, and answers to all your questions.

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Home

Home

The homepage for Oxford Owl for Home.

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Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary (Hardback)

Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary (Hardback)

This is not an ordinary dictionary. Lots of dictionaries tell you what an ‘alligator’ is, or how to spell ‘balloon’, but they won’t explain the difference between a ‘ringbeller’ and a ‘trogglehumper’. All the words that Roald Dahl invented are here, with real citations from Roald Dahl’s children’s books and illustrations by Quentin Blake, to inspire and encourage young writers and readers.

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Winnie and Wilbur: The Santa Surprise

Winnie and Wilbur: The Santa Surprise

Winnie and Wilbur have just opened the latest door on their advent calendar when they wonder ‘who gives Santa a present’? This thought leads to an epic quest involving flying trains, broomstick sledges, and, of course, Father Christmas himself!

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Kids’ activities

Kids’ activities

Help your child practice their developing maths and reading skills with these fun educational games and activities for 3- to 11-year-olds.

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Winnie and Wilbur: Go, Winnie, Go!

Winnie and Wilbur: Go, Winnie, Go!

Join Winnie the witch and her cat Wilbur in two fast and furious stories with short chapters. In ‘Whizz-Bang Winnie’, Winnie and Wilbur join a motor race on their broomstick, and in ‘Giddy-up’, Winnie, Winnie brings her magic to a horse race!

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Winnie and Wilbur: It’s Teatime, Winnie!

Winnie and Wilbur: It’s Teatime, Winnie!

Join Winnie the witch and her cat Wilbur in two delicious stories with short chapters. In ‘Winnie Goes Batty’, Winnie gets some unexpected help from her bat friends when her bossy sister comes round for tea. In ‘Winnie Grows Her Own’, she finds out that growing all the food for a picnic isn’t as easy as it sounds!

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Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie Dresses Up

Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie Dresses Up

Join Winnie the witch and her cat Wilbur in two lively stories with short chapters. In ‘Big Top Winnie’, Winnie sets up her own circus and wants to be a graceful tightrope walker! In ‘Winnie’s Fun Run’, she dresses up for a fancy-dress race, but not everything goes to plan!

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Winnie and Wilbur: Tidy Up, Winnie!

Winnie and Wilbur: Tidy Up, Winnie!

Join Winnie the witch and her cat Wilbur in two lively stories with short chapters. In ‘Winnie’s Bubble Trouble’, Winnie magics up a bubble so she can drift away from all the mess in her house. In ‘Winnie Gets Bossy’, she decides to reorganise all her furniture – but unfortunately the furniture has other ideas!

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Winnie and Wilbur: Warbling Winnie

Winnie and Wilbur: Warbling Winnie

Join Winnie the witch and her cat Wilbur in two lively stories with short chapters. In ‘Winnie’s One-Witch Band’, Winnie is banned from the village choir because her voice is just a bit too strong! In ‘Winnie’s Mouse Organ’, Winnie tries to get rid of the mice in her house – but she soon changes her tune.

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Winnie and Wilbur: Party Time, Winnie

Winnie and Wilbur: Party Time, Winnie

Join Winnie the witch and her cat Wilbur in two fun-packed stories with short chapters. Find out what happens when Winnie has a treasure-hunt party with a real pirate in ‘Winnie’s Treasure Hunt’, and join Winnie and Jerry the giant in a truly huge street party in ‘Winnie’s Giant Party’.

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Winnie and Wilbur: Time Travel Winnie

Winnie and Wilbur: Time Travel Winnie

Join Winnie the witch and her cat Wilbur in two lively stories with short chapters. In ‘Winnie’s Time Machine’, Winnie and Jerry the giant go back in time and meet an angry cave woman! In ‘Winnie Spells Trouble’, the school children’s Egyptian project is helped by some time-travel magic!

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Winnie and Wilbur: Tellytastic Winnie

Winnie and Wilbur: Tellytastic Winnie

Join Winnie the witch and her cat Wilbur in two lively stories with short chapters. In ‘Winnie the Bold’, Winnie is inspired by a TV show to have her own adventure – and ends up rescuing a dragon. In ‘Wilbur’s Got Talent’, Wilbur wins a competition to star in a cat food advert and becomes a TV star!

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Phonics: The Town Mouse and Country Mouse and Other Tales

Phonics: The Town Mouse and Country Mouse and Other Tales

This beautifully illustrated Stage 1 book is filled with the traditional stories of The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse; The Gingerbread Man; The Enormous Turnip; and Get the Rat. The tales have been re-written so that children can read for themselves and develop their phonics skills.

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Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie’s Outdoor Fun

Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie’s Outdoor Fun

Join Winnie the witch and her cat Wilbur in two lively stories with short chapters. In ‘Blooming Winnie’, Winnie tries to tidy up her garden with some magic, but her wand just won’t work! In ‘Winnie the Twit’, Winnie thinks she’s found a very rare kind of owl living in her garden. But who’s the twit – Winnie or the owl?

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: I Can Read Kit

Biff, Chip and Kipper: I Can Read Kit

Packed full of fun activities, engaging stories and useful tips, this kit provides you with everything you need to celebrate your child’s progress and keep their interest in reading alive. Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy the dog are all at hand to guide your child’s learning, while stickers help build your child’s confidence.

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Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie’s Awful Auntie

Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie’s Awful Auntie

Join Winnie the witch and her cat Wilbur in two hilarious stories with short chapters. In ‘Winnie the Naughty Niece’, Winnie uses her magic to hide when Auntie Aggie pays a surprise visit! In ‘Winnie’s Awful Auntie’, Auntie Aggie tries to turn Wilbur into a sweet little rabbit and Winnie gets cross!

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Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie’s Animal Antics

Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie’s Animal Antics

Join Winnie the witch and her cat Wilbur in two lively stories with short chapters. In ‘Winnie’s New Kitten’, Winnie gets a new “kitten” delivered, but has Winnie got more than she bargained for? In ‘Winnie’s Lost Teddy’, Wilbur sends Winnie’s favourite teddy to a jumble sale. But then he feels sorry. Is it too late to get Beddy-Teddy back?

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Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie’s Problem Pets

Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie’s Problem Pets

Join Winnie the witch and her cat Wilbur in two fun-packed stories with short chapters. Find out what happens when Winnie takes Wilbur – and a lot of fleas – to a pet show in ‘Itchy Witchy’, and laugh as Wilbur and Scruff the dog try to show Winnie who’s best in ‘Winnie’s Perfect Pet’.

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Reading

Reading

Advice on helping your child to read. Simple ideas, top tips, activities and games to use at home. Expert advice on phonics and helping struggling readers

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How to Write Your Best Story Ever!

How to Write Your Best Story Ever!

Ideal for children wanting to enter story writing competitions! This is a humorous and authoritative book that will awaken the author in every child, unlocking their story ideas and giving them hints and tips to create their own stories.

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English

English

Find tips to help your child at home with vocabulary, handwriting, grammar, spelling, and creative writing, and discover fun books and activities.

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Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: My Phonics Activity Book

Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: My Phonics Activity Book

Join the Songbirds characters in these exciting phonics activities, ideal for children who are taking their first steps in reading. Featuring characters from Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds stories, this activity book includes a variety of activities and stickers to provide a fun way to build phonics knowledge and reading confidence.

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Times Tables Workbook for Key Stage 2

Times Tables Workbook for Key Stage 2

Bond Skills Times Tables for Key Stage 2 has been developed by Bond to firmly embed times tables knowledge of the core times tables, and introduces square and cube numbers, ensuring children are confident with the multiplication knowledge required by the National Curriculum for Key Stage 2.

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White Fang

White Fang

White Fang is half dog, half wolf. Fierce, keen and clever, he quickly learns to survive in the wild open spaces of North America. His life changes forever when he encounters humans for the first time.

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Times Tables Age 6–7

Times Tables Age 6–7

This activity book will help your child become confident with times tables. Designed to develop your child’s core maths skills while having fun, this book is precisely matched to your child’s age and aligned with school expectations.

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Multiplication, Division and Fractions Age 6–7

Multiplication, Division and Fractions Age 6–7

This activity book will encourage your child to progress with number skills, such as multiplication, division and fractions, while having fun. The books in our Progress with Oxford series are focused on the skills your child will need at each stage of the school curriculum. Includes stickers and a progress chart.

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Shapes and Measuring Age 6–7

Shapes and Measuring Age 6–7

This activity book will help develop your child’s understanding of shapes and measures. Lively characters, colourful activities and picture clues help your child have fun while they learn the skills they need at school.

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Time and Money Age 6–7

Time and Money Age 6–7

This fun activity book will help your child develop their understanding of time and money. Your child will be guided through an independent learning experience with the help of a lively character, colourful activities and picture clues.

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Handwriting Age 6–7

Handwriting Age 6–7

This activity book will help your child to progress with their handwriting while having fun. They will become confident with the formation of letters and practice cursive writing. Includes stickers and a progress chart.

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Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Age 6–7

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Age 6–7

This activity book will help your child to progress with grammar, punctuation and spelling while having fun! They will learn to write more complex sentences and how to use apostrophes correctly. Activities are precisely matched to your child’s age and aligned with school expectations.

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Comprehension Age 6–7

Comprehension Age 6–7

This activity book will encourage your child to develop their comprehension skills while having fun. It will focus on building children’s understanding of text, something essential not only for school but life more generally too. Includes stickers and a progress chart.

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Maths Age 7–8

Maths Age 7–8

This fun activity book will help your child develop their maths skills in line with curriculum expectations. In this book a lively character accompanies children through fun activities as they develop independent learning skills with the help of colourful stickers and a progress chart to capture their excitement and achievements.

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Times Tables Age 7–8

Times Tables Age 7–8

This activity book will help your child become confident with times tables, while having fun! The books in our Progress with Oxford series are focused on the skills your child will need at each stage of the school curriculum.

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Numbers and Data Handling Age 7–8

Numbers and Data Handling Age 7–8

This activity book will encourage the development of core maths skills, ensuring your child becomes confident using numbers. In this book a lively character accompanies your child through the book as they develop independent learning skills. Includes colourful stickers and a progress chart.

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Addition and Subtraction Age 7–8

Addition and Subtraction Age 7–8

This activity book will help to develop your child’s core maths skills, making solving problems with addition and subtraction fun! The books in our Progress with Oxford series are focused on the skills your child will need at each stage of the school curriculum.

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Numbers Age 6–7

Numbers Age 6–7

This activity book helps to develop your child’s key maths skills. As they work through these colourful and exciting activities, your child will become more confident using numbers. This book is precisely matched to your child’s age and aligned with school expectations.

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Multiplication, Division and Fractions Age 7–8

Multiplication, Division and Fractions Age 7–8

This activity book will encourage your child to progress with number skills, such as multiplication, division and fractions, while having fun. Colourful stickers and a progress chart help make learning rewarding and exciting.

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Shapes and Measuring Age 7–8

Shapes and Measuring Age 7–8

This fun activity book will help develop your child’s understanding of shapes and measures. All the activities are precisely matched to your child’s age ensuring they are aligned with school expectations. Includes stickers and a progress chart.

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Time and Money Age 7–8

Time and Money Age 7–8

This activity book will help to develop your child’s understanding of time and money. Fun stickers and a handy progress chart capture their achievements, making learning about time and money both exciting and rewarding.

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English Age 7–8

English Age 7–8

This fun activity book will help your child develop the English skills they need in Key Stage 2. Each activity is precisely matched to your child’s age and aligned with school expectations. Includes stickers and a progress chart.

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Handwriting Age 7–8

Handwriting Age 7–8

This activity book will help your child to progress with their handwriting while having fun. They will become confident with the formation of letters and practice cursive writing, including adding flicks to letters.

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Grammar and Punctuation Age 7–8

Grammar and Punctuation Age 7–8

This Progress with Oxford activity book will help your child to progress with grammar, punctuation and spelling while having fun! They will learn to write more complex sentences and how to use apostrophes correctly. Includes stickers and a progress chart.

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: Say and Spell Flashcards

Biff, Chip and Kipper: Say and Spell Flashcards

Support your child’s reading development at home with these phonics games. Designed by experts, these games help children to match letters to words and pictures, match letter sounds to letter shapes, read words and spell simple words.

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Addition and Subtraction Age 6–7

Addition and Subtraction Age 6–7

This activity book will help to develop your child’s core maths skills. Solving calculations involving addition and subtraction can be fun! The books in our Progress with Oxford series are focused on the skills your child will need at each stage of the school curriculum.

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Starting to Write Letters Age 4–5

Starting to Write Letters Age 4–5

This Progress with Oxford activity book offers support with writing, teaching your child how to correctly form letters. Colourful and inviting activities, along with stickers and a handy progress chart help make learning to write letters fun!

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Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Age 5–6

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Age 5–6

This activity book helps your child to progress with grammar and punctuation. Engaging activities, lively characters and stickers help to keep them excited and motivated in developing the key grammar and punctuation skills taught in school for Year 1, as part of the Key Stage 1 curriculum.

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Time and Money Age 5–6

Time and Money Age 5–6

This activity book will help to develop your child’s understanding of time and money. Each of our Progress with Oxford workbooks is focused on the skills your child will need at each stage of the school curriculum and is precisely matched to your child’s age, ensuring they are aligned with school expectations. Includes stickers and a progress chart.

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This Book Just Stole My Cat!

This Book Just Stole My Cat!

When Ben is tempting his cat across the page with a fluffy mouse, his cat . . . disappears! Then his best friend Bella disappears, too. Sniffer dogs and rescue teams can’t help . . . When Ben also vanishes, it’s up to the reader to sort the situation in this playful and funny story.

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English and Maths Test Papers Pack for SATs Practice

English and Maths Test Papers Pack for SATs Practice

Bond SATs Skills: English and Maths Test Papers Pack for SATs Practice has been created by Bond to prepare children for National Curriculum Key Stage 2 SATs assessments at the end of Year 6. It includes four full sets of English and Maths tests, and includes all of the papers children will sit as part of their assessments in English and maths.

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Phonics Age 3–4

Phonics Age 3–4

This Progress with Oxford activity book will help your child learn the sounds of each letter and understand how those sounds make words. Picture clues show young children how to complete activities with minimal support, and a progress chart, stickers, and a lively character all help make learning phonics fun.

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