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Book of the Month: My Granny is a Queen

Book of the Month: My Granny is a Queen

Win copies of My Granny is a Queen, the perfect book to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee by celebrating the queens in our own families – our grannies! Ideal for children aged 2+ (May 2022)

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Easter Holiday Reads

Easter Holiday Reads

Springtime reads for you and your child to enjoy this Easter holiday, with a selection of titles suitable for age 2-7!

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Book of the Month: Marv

Book of the Month: Marv

Win a copy of Marv and the Dino Attack and Marv and the Mega Robot, for a superhero story like no other for children aged 5+ (February 2022)

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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 Witch and Isadora Moon.

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Oxford Owl Lockdown Learning Heroes Awards: Finalists

Oxford Owl Lockdown Learning Heroes Awards: Finalists

From superstar parents, to teachers who go the extra mile, to children who have been learning legends – we launched the Oxford Owl Lockdown Learning Hero Awards to celebrate the inspirational individuals who have made a difference to learning during lockdown, no matter how big or small.

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Building kids’ resilience and confidence

Building kids’ resilience and confidence

How do you help build your child’s confidence and resilience? Teacher and child psychologist Jean Gross CBE shares her tips for helping children believe in themselves, and discusses how you can encourage them to be determined and enjoy challenges.

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World Book Day 2021

World Book Day 2021

Join in this World Book Day with video sessions from some of your children’s favourite authors and our library of free downloadable activity sheets!

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8 fun ways to learn about shapes

8 fun ways to learn about shapes

Shapes are all around us and there are many ways you can start exploring them with your child. Get ideas on how to help familiarise your child with different shapes in all sorts of contexts.

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Christmas activities for 5–7 year olds

Christmas activities for 5–7 year olds

Whatever the weather this Christmas, you’ll find an activity here to suit your child. Wrap up warm and go out for a winter scavenger hunt, or stay inside and play party games with our range of festive activity ideas.

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Fun Christmas activities for 9–11 year olds

Fun Christmas activities for 9–11 year olds

For older children, why not encourage them to use the events of the festive as inspiration for some Christmas creative writing? Or challenge their crafting skills with a range of paper craft activities? Alternatively, they could always knit their own polar pug…

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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 a healthcare worker.

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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 boundary to the patch of woodland behind her house, something amazing happens: she enters The Wilderness, where magic and nature collide…

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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 Children’s Dictionaries can support your child.

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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 Montague’s Tales of Terror.

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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?

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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 school but also that it can have a damaging impact on self-esteem and children’s ability to make friends. Find out what you can do to encourage language development at home.

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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 language sparkle in their creative writing, from creating striking similes to wielding unusual words.

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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 school BINGO card.

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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 times tables.

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