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Blog posts for: Age 4

Read Write Inc. guide for parents

Read Write Inc. guide for parents

Find out what Read Write Inc. Phonics is and find eBooks, videos, and kits to help your child as they learn to read with Read Write Inc. Phonics at home.

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Numicon at Home kits

Numicon at Home kits

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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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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Read with Oxford Stage 2

Read with Oxford Stage 2

Read with Oxford Stage 2 is for children who are able to read very simple stories. They will enjoy listening to stories while practising reading skills.

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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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Reluctant readers

Reluctant readers

From ‘thinking outside the bookbag’ to reading for a purpose, children’s author and mum of three Isabel Thomas shares some great advice on helping reluctant readers get excited about books.

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Struggling readers

Struggling readers

Worried about your child’s reading? Help is at hand! Jean Gross CBE gives her expert advice on how to support children who struggle with reading.

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Reading: Age 4–5 (Reception)

Reading: Age 4–5 (Reception)

Find out how your child’s reading skills will develop in Reception. Discover fun activities, ideas, and books to support your 4–5-year-old at home.

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Big Words for Little People

Big Words for Little People

A series of picture books created by the language experts at Oxford University Press to introduce young children to the words they need to make sense of their feelings.

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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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Read with Oxford Stage 1

Read with Oxford Stage 1

Read with Oxford is an exciting range of levelled books to build reading confidence at home. Use Stage 1 to start your child on their reading journey.

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Diversifying your child’s reading

Diversifying your child’s reading

Diversifying the children’s book industry and what our children are reading is a much talked about topic. Many people want to make a difference, but with so much information available, it can be difficult to know where to start.

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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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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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Reading: Age 3–4 (Early years)

Reading: Age 3–4 (Early years)

Find out how your child’s reading skills will develop in nursery. Discover fun activities, ideas, and books to support your 3–4-year-old at home.

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Encouraging boys to read

Encouraging boys to read

Gary Wilson gives his expert advice on getting boys to read, including tips on motivating reading habits and encouraging independence.

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Getting ready to start school

Getting ready to start school

Read our top five tips for getting your child school-ready, download our Starting School checklist and print a certificate for your child.

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Maths: Age 3–4 (Early Years)

Maths: Age 3–4 (Early Years)

It’s never too early to explore numbers with your child. These ideas will help your child to explore numbers, giving them a great start to developing early maths skills and concepts.

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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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Science at primary school

Science at primary school

Science at primary school is practical and exciting. Children love the chance to learn through being totally hands-on and finding things out for themselves — the perfect way to understand the world around them.

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Progress with Oxford Age 3–4

Progress with Oxford Age 3–4

Fun activity books to develop early numeracy and literacy skills. Try some free activities and help your child get ready for primary school.

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Progress with Oxford Age 4–5

Progress with Oxford Age 4–5

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

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Reception at primary school

Reception at primary school

Reception means most children’s very first step into formal schooling, and can be both exciting and nervewracking! Find out what to expect and what your child will be learning.

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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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Storyteller videos

Storyteller videos

Let our professional storytellers take you on an adventure! Traditional tales, Winnie the witch stories, and more for children aged 3–8.

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