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Reading: Age 5–6 (Year 1)

Reading: Age 5–6 (Year 1)

Children age 5–6 will have a growing knowledge of phonics and will be building up a range of reading skills. Find out how you can support them at home.

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Bookfinder

Bookfinder

BookfinderUse the search or filters below to find the right books for your child. Search the shop: Search by keyword or ISBN number Age groups: Reading stage: Category: [facetwp...

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Reading: Age 6–7 (Year 2)

Reading: Age 6–7 (Year 2)

Children age 6–7 will continue to build up a range of reading skills. Find out what you can do at home to support your child’s reading development.

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Fractions in Year 5 (age 9–10)

Fractions in Year 5 (age 9–10)

In Year 5, your child will continue to learn about fractions as numbers, measures, and operators. They will learn about percentages and thousandths.

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Reading: Age 10–11 (Year 6)

Reading: Age 10–11 (Year 6)

By Year 6, your child will hopefully be reading independently at home and school. Find out how to encourage a love of reading in your child.

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Reading: Age 9–10 (Year 5)

Reading: Age 9–10 (Year 5)

In Year 5, your child will be encouraged to read widely. Find out how to encourage them at home as they discover different types of language and writing.

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Reading: Age 8–9 (Year 4)

Reading: Age 8–9 (Year 4)

In Year 4, your child will be developing into an increasingly fluent reader. The focus will now be on building comprehension. Find out how to help them at home.

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Numicon guide for parents

Numicon guide for parents

What is Numicon? Find out what Numicon is and discover activity sheets, videos, and kits to support your child as they learn maths with Numicon at home.

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Reading: Age 7–8 (Year 3)

Reading: Age 7–8 (Year 3)

Children in Year 3 will hopefully be on the way to becoming a confident, independent readers. Find out how you can support their reading development at home.

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Read with Oxford guide for parents

Read with Oxford guide for parents

A parent guide to Read with Oxford Stages and our exciting range of carefully levelled books to help children learn to read at home. Developed by experts to support your child’s first steps in phonics through to being an independent reader.

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Learn to read with phonics

Learn to read with phonics

What is phonics? Find out in our phonics guide for parents. Learn about Letters and Sounds, the phonics screening test, and how to practice phonics at home.

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Key Stage 1 SATs

Key Stage 1 SATs

The National Curriculum tests or SATs can seem like a daunting part of your child’s education but, if you know what to expect, they don’t need to be scary for you or your child!

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Phonics screening check

Phonics screening check

Everything you need to know about the phonics screening check, taken by 6-year-olds in Year 1. Phonics advice for parents and activities to try at home.

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Number & place value

Number & place value

Understanding what numbers mean is essential for learning maths. Find out how your child will learn at primary school – and how you can help at home.

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Geometry & shapes in Year 2 (age 6–7)

Geometry & shapes in Year 2 (age 6–7)

In Year 2, your child will learn to describe 2D and 3D shapes using accurate mathematical vocabulary. They will also learn to find 2D shapes in 3D shapes, to arrange shapes into patterns, and to talk about rotation.

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Multiplication & division

Multiplication & division

All you need to know about how multiplication and division are taught in primary school. Help your child learn at home with our activities and advice.

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Fractions in Year 4 (age 8–9)

Fractions in Year 4 (age 8–9)

In Year 4, your child will explore the link between fractions and multiplication/division. They will also use numbers with up to two decimal places.

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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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Help with times tables

Help with times tables

Learning times tables can be fun! Help your child learn their times tables with our free top tips, videos, quizzes and worksheets.

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Early years

Early years

If your child is aged 3–4, the chances are that they are in some form of Early Years setting, whether at nursery, preschool, or with a childminder. Find out what they’ll be learning and how you can help.

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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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What is Letters and Sounds?

What is Letters and Sounds?

Find out about this popular approach to helping children learn to read with phonics. Discover which graphemes, phonemes, and tricky words are taught in each phase.

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Addition & subtraction

Addition & subtraction

Learn how addition and subtraction is taught at primary school and find out to support your child at home, with lots of fun ideas and free activities.

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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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What to expect in Year 1 (age 5–6)

What to expect in Year 1 (age 5–6)

Find out what your child will learn in the year 1 primary curriculum for literacy and maths and ways to support home learning. Learn more about the phonics screening test.

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Progress with Oxford Age 7–8

Progress with Oxford Age 7–8

Progress with Oxford activity books help develop essential English and Maths skills. Help your child practise times tables, grammar, handwriting and more.

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Back to school

Back to school

Help your child get ready for the year ahead. Includes guides to starting primary and secondary school, free activities, and a year-by-year guide to primary school.

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Maths: Age 10–11 (Year 6)

Maths: Age 10–11 (Year 6)

In Year 6, your child will develop new skills to help solve more complex maths problems. Get tips and activites to help your 10- or 11-year-old at home.

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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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Progress with Oxford Age 6–7

Progress with Oxford Age 6–7

Progress with Oxford activity books help develop essential English and Maths skills. Help your child practise handwriting, fractions, comprehension and more.

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Maths: Age 9–10 (Year 5)

Maths: Age 9–10 (Year 5)

In Year 5, your child will meet prime, square, and cube numbers, and work with factors and multiples. Get tips and activities to help your child at home.

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Maths education glossary: M to Z

Maths education glossary: M to Z

Find helpful explanations of maths terms, as well as activities, downloadable sheets, and videos for further support. From measurements to word problems.

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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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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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Learning to tell the time

Learning to tell the time

Telling the time is an important skill in everyday life, but it can be tricky to learn. You can start to increase your child’s awareness of time from a young age with simple activities and games.

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