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Blog posts for: Age 5

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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Comprehension

Comprehension

Find out how reading comprehension is taught throughout primary school, and take a look at our books, advice, and free activities to help at home.

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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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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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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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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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Read with Oxford Stage 3

Read with Oxford Stage 3

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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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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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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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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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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Not your typical books for boys

Not your typical books for boys

An alternative list of recommended books for boys. Perfect for boys who are looking to read about something other than football or jokes about bottoms!

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2018 Oxford Children’s Word of the Year: Plastic

2018 Oxford Children’s Word of the Year: Plastic

Plastic has been revealed as the Children’s Word of the Year by Oxford University Press for the BBC 500 Words Competition. British children have once again shown themselves to be fabulously inventive, funny and socially astute.

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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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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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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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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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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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Ballet Bunnies

Ballet Bunnies

Learning a new skill can be hard but when you’ve got friends like the ballet bunnies every day is a new adventure!

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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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Money, money, money

Money, money, money

Money isn’t everything, but being ‘good with money’ is undoubtedly a useful life skill. Read Fiona Lazenby’s top tips for practising using money with your child.

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Time flies: helping your child learn to tell the time

Time flies: helping your child learn to tell the time

Learning to tell the time using both analogue and digital clocks is still an important skill, but it’s something that children can find tricky to master. Louise Pennington shares ideas to support your child’s growing understanding of time.

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Progress with Oxford Age 5–6

Progress with Oxford Age 5–6

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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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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Maths is everywhere!

Maths is everywhere!

Maths expert Louise Pennington shares her advice for developing your child’s maths skills during school closures by exploring maths in the real world.

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Maths: Age 5–6 (Year 1)

Maths: Age 5–6 (Year 1)

Help your 5 or 6 year old practice maths at home with everyday maths games and activities. Help your child learn by making maths fun!

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Year 1 at primary school

Year 1 at primary school

Leaving Reception behind and moving into Year 1 (age 5–6) can feel like a big step. Find out what to expect and what your child will be learning in English and maths.

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Teaching maths at home

Teaching maths at home

Mathemagician Andrew Jeffrey suggests ways you can support your child’s maths development at home without needing to be an expert.

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Maths: Age 4–5 (Reception)

Maths: Age 4–5 (Reception)

Help your 4 or 5 year old practice maths at home with everyday maths games and activities. Help your child learn by making maths fun!

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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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Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking

In 2020, Pippi Longstocking turns 75! Discover Pippi books and activities to share with your child, and find out about the Pippi of Today Campaign.

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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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Winnie and Wilbur

Winnie and Wilbur

Enjoy madcap adventures with Winnie the Witch and her black cat Wilbur! Find picture books, early readers, storyteller videos, and fun activities for your own little misadventurers!

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Common reading issues

Common reading issues

Tackle common reading problems with our expert advice on supporting struggling readers, engaging reluctant readers, and encouraging boys to pick up a book.

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Isadora Moon

Isadora Moon

Half fairy, half vampire, totally unique. Isadora Moon is special because she’s different. Follow her adventures with pink rabbit and find fun activities.

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