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Blog posts for: Age 8-9

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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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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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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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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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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Book of the Month: Willow Wildthing and the Swamp Monster

Book of the Month: Willow Wildthing and the Swamp Monster

Win this brand new book, perfect for children age 7+ interested in the natural world and the environment. When Willow crosses the boundary to the patch of woodland behind her house, something amazing happens: she enters The Wilderness, where magic and nature collide…

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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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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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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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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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