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.
Blog posts for: Age 4
If, like us, finding the enthusiasm to keep going with home learning is tricky, here are a few ideas for making it over the finish line.
Louise Pennington shows us her top five maths games, including ‘Bunny rabbit ears’ and ‘What’s in the bag?’, to help your child practise their number facts.
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.
Education expert James Clements talks about how children who are already confident readers can get the most out of their reading.
Early Years teacher and mother Sheila O’Reilly shows us how to use Numicon shapes to help your child learn to count and order numbers.
Early Years teacher and mother Sheila O’Reilly shows us how the 1st Steps with Numicon at Home kit can support your child’s early maths development.
Maths expert Andrew Jeffrey shares five easy-to-implement strategies that can make a positive difference to our children’s maths learning at home.
Education expert James Clements talks about the lessons we can learn from teachers about helping your child to learn at home.
Education expert James Clements runs through everything you need to keep your child’s reading skills developing during the school lockdown.
Over the coming weeks, we are bringing you exciting new challenges, drawalongs and storytimes direct from the very best authors and illustrators. Find out more.
Education expert James Clements shares his ideas for keeping the children busy – in a constructive way – when you need to be getting on with something.
Education expert and writer James Clements talks about the importance of reading to your child to boost their educational success in all sorts of ways.
Education expert and writer James Clements explains what your child would be learning at school, and how we can use (or not use) the curriculum at home.
Education expert and writer James Clements suggests 6 practical things you get get ready over the weekend for next week’s learning at home.
Education expert and writer James Clements offers up 4 different approaches to structuring your child’s day learning at home.
Educational expert and writer James Clements gives his 3 top tips of how to get started with teaching your child at home.
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.
Building confidence in maths early on will pay back many times over. Get tips for developing your child’s mental arithmetic skills.
Find out what sort of books to expect to come home in your child’s book bag, and get top tips on how best to support your child.
Headteacher Tracey Smith shares her ideas for fun and easy games you can play to build your child’s vocabulary and boost their confidence with words.
Wendy Cooling MBE has selected her favourite illustrated books to help you introduce your child to the wonders of stories and storytelling.
Science writer Isabel Thomas shares her top five tips for cultivating maths skills in the garden, no matter how big or small your green space and green fingers.
Fiona Lazenby tells us her four top tips for learning about volume, area and capacity at home, and having messy fun in the process!
A rich vocabulary allows a child to enjoy their reading, to express themselves and to learn about the world. James Clements offers tips on how to help your child’s vocabulary develop.
Children’s librarian Greta Paterson shares her 5 top tips for choosing books for 3–7 year olds.
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.
Subtraction is a key concept in the primary maths curriculum. Here are some easy activities you can try at home to build your child’s skills and confidence.
Educational publishing expert Andrea Quincey explains why reading schemes are important, and what the different colours, bands and levels actually mean.
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