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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 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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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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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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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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Progress with Oxford Age 9–10

Progress with Oxford Age 9–10

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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Geometry & shapes in Year 4 (age 8–9)

Geometry & shapes in Year 4 (age 8–9)

In Year 4, your child will learn about acute and obtuse angles. They will also be introduced to coordinates and will be able to describe translations, and will build upon their knowledge of shape properties.

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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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Progress with Oxford Age 8–9

Progress with Oxford Age 8–9

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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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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Picture books for older readers

Picture books for older readers

Who says we have to leave picture books behind in KS1? These wonderful books use spellbinding illustrations to introduce children to big ideas. Includes FArTHER and The Man Who Walked Between Towers.

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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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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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Money skills in a digital age

Money skills in a digital age

How to develop an understanding of money and healthy money habits in our children when there are fewer opportunities for them to see the real and physical exchange of cash.

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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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Creative writing

Creative writing

Are you a budding David Walliams or the next J. K. Rowling? Find top tips, videos, activities, and books to help unleash your inner author.

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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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Bond SATs Skills

Bond SATs Skills

Prepare your children for the Key Stage 2 SATs with Bond SATs Skills workbooks, developing core maths, comprehension and English skills.

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Geometry & shapes

Geometry & shapes

Understanding geometry is essential to be able to understand and describe the world around us. Discover what your child will learn at school and how you can help at home.

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Bond Brain Training for Kids

Bond Brain Training for Kids

Fun puzzle books to develop children’s vocabulary, maths, and problem-solving skills. Find out more about the books and try some free logic puzzles.

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Children’s books for Christmas

Children’s books for Christmas

Whether you’re looking for stocking fillers or extraordinary gifts, explore our children’s book recommendations to help make Christmas merry and bright.

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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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Educational gifts for children

Educational gifts for children

Help your child learn new skills while having fun with these educational gifts. Explore new words, inspire budding writers or tackle some number puzzles.

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Statistics in Year 4 (age 8–9)

Statistics in Year 4 (age 8–9)

In Year 4, your child will learn to use time graphs. They will also solve problems by interpreting and analysing graphs, and will be able to answer more complex questions based on statistics.

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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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Reading for pleasure

Reading for pleasure

Not only does reading for pleasure improve children’s well-being, but it can be directly linked to children’s success at school and beyond. Get tips and book recommendations to encourage your child to read more.

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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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