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Blog posts for: Age 4-5

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 books about starting school to share with your child, to gently prepare them for their first day.

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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 addition and subtraction.

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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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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!

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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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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 great opportunity to bond. Children’s author Cerrie Burnell gives us her top tips for getting the most out of bedtime reading.

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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 life. A good grounding in science will help every child to navigate their world and make good decisions. Isabel Thomas recommends books for ages 3–11 to inspire your young scientist.

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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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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 simple ideas.

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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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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!

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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.

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