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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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Oxford Primary Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Dictionary

Oxford Primary Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Dictionary

The Oxford Primary Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling Dictionary is the essential reference book. In full colour, it has easy-to-use rules and help, plus an alphabetical list of the tricky, and everyday, words including those most commonly misspelt, all backed by analysis of Oxford’s unique database of children’s writing.

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Big Words for Little People: Calmness

Big Words for Little People: Calmness

This little hardback book creates a moment to focus on Calmness. Using carefully chosen words and phrases, such as ‘breathe’ or ‘balance’, it creates a special moment for grown-ups and young children to focus on what it means to be calm and how to cope with worries.

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Roald Dahl: Giant wanted

Roald Dahl: Giant wanted

Draw a picture of a murderful giant and label its body parts – from its foulsome teeth to its thirstbloody eyes…

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Roald Dahl’s Rotsome & Repulsant Words

Roald Dahl’s Rotsome & Repulsant Words

Cheeky chiddlers will love foxing grown-ups with Roald Dahl’s mischievously insulting language. Plus get ready to be goose-gruggled and fluckgungled by the raft of snippets of serious language facts they will learn too. This little book is full of vermicious tips, definitions and examples from the World’s No.1 storyteller.

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Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary (Hardback)

Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary (Hardback)

This is not an ordinary dictionary. Lots of dictionaries tell you what an ‘alligator’ is, or how to spell ‘balloon’, but they won’t explain the difference between a ‘ringbeller’ and a ‘trogglehumper’. All the words that Roald Dahl invented are here, with real citations from Roald Dahl’s children’s books and illustrations by Quentin Blake, to inspire and encourage young writers and readers.

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Oxford Primary Illustrated Science Dictionary

Oxford Primary Illustrated Science Dictionary

A new edition of this favourite illustrated alphabetical dictionary with terms and concepts from the curriculum clearly explained to support children aged 8–11. With around 1000 words and meanings and a thematic supplement on focus areas, it is the ideal quick reference tool for school and home.

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Oxford Primary Illustrated Maths Dictionary

Oxford Primary Illustrated Maths Dictionary

A new edition of this favourite illustrated alphabetical dictionary of key maths terms and concepts from the curriculum. An essential dictionary for children aged 8–11 to use at both home and school, with around 1000 words and meanings and a thematic supplement on focus areas.

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Oxford Mini School Dictionary & Thesaurus

Oxford Mini School Dictionary & Thesaurus

This new edition of the bestselling Oxford School Dictionary (Mini) has contemporary, comprehensive vocabulary coverage, example sentences, and fascinating word origins. The dictionary supports students with their language and spelling skills, and helps with the transition from primary to secondary school.

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Oxford Children’s Rhyming Dictionary

Oxford Children’s Rhyming Dictionary

Poetry and creative writing is fun with the Oxford Children’s Rhyming Dictionary. With inspiring poems by John Foster, quirky illustrations and engaging creative writing activities, this alphabetical rhyming dictionary gives over 3000 rhyming words to help children to write their own poems, riddles, and nonsense verse.

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Oxford Phonics Spelling Dictionary

Oxford Phonics Spelling Dictionary

Using the Oxford Reading Tree Floppy’s Phonics Sound and Letters Programme and synthetic phonics, the Oxford Phonics Spelling Dictionary helps children become proficient readers and spellers. With 4000 words, ordered by sounds and spellings and linked to the Alphabetic Code Chart, it makes preparing for the phonics screening check simple and fun.

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Oxford Primary Illustrated Dictionary

Oxford Primary Illustrated Dictionary

This new colourful dictionary is for children aged 7+ eager to discover new words and spellings. Not only does it feature clear definitions, word origins, and synonyms but the letters start with fun facts, tips help with navigation, examples come from favourite books and the supplement gives extra vocabulary too.

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Oxford Primary Illustrated Thesaurus

Oxford Primary Illustrated Thesaurus

This new colourful thesaurus is for children aged 7+ to discover different words for writing. It contains thousands of synonyms, panels of alternatives for overused words like ‘nice’, writing tips and related word webs, navigation tips, examples from favourite books and a supplement of extra vocabulary.

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Oxford Mini School Thesaurus

Oxford Mini School Thesaurus

An up-to-date new edition of this bestselling, comprehensive classroom classic, with new curriculum support. Focused coverage of words, synonyms and antonyms help to improve writing skills, for creative writing and non-fiction. Essential spelling, grammar and punctuation support makes it perfect for progress from primary to secondary school.

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Oxford Mini School Dictionary

Oxford Mini School Dictionary

This new edition of the bestselling Oxford School Dictionary (Mini) has contemporary, comprehensive vocabulary coverage, example sentences, and fascinating word origins. The dictionary supports students with their language and spelling skills, and helps with the transition from primary to secondary school.

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Oxford Roald Dahl Thesaurus

Oxford Roald Dahl Thesaurus

This is a real thesaurus for all chiddlers and even some adult human beans. It features hundreds of spliffling words used and created by the world’s best storyteller, Roald Dahl, together with useful synonyms, related words and phrases, idioms and word origins.

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Oxford Illustrated Children’s Dictionary

Oxford Illustrated Children’s Dictionary

New edition of this family dictionary to boost spelling and improve vocabulary. With over 50,000 words (including school subject vocabulary), puzzles and artwork and photographs to support entries, child-friendly and relevant examples and help with pronunciation for tricky words – it is perfect for homework help.

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Oxford School Dictionary & Thesaurus

Oxford School Dictionary & Thesaurus

The Oxford School Dictionary & Thesaurus is a comprehensive one-stop shop for definitions, curriculum vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and punctuation as well as synonyms and writing tips. It is ideal students finishing primary and going on to secondary school.

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Oxford School Dictionary

Oxford School Dictionary

This new edition of the bestselling Oxford School Dictionary (hardback) has contemporary, comprehensive vocabulary coverage, example sentences, and fascinating word origins. The dictionary supports students with their language and spelling skills, and helps with the transition from primary to secondary.

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Optical illusions

Optical illusions

Look at these optical illusions and answer the questions. In each case, what you think you see is not what is actually drawn.

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Word classes

Word classes

Practise identifying word classes, including adjectives, nouns, and verbs.

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Oxford Primary Thesaurus

Oxford Primary Thesaurus

New edition of the Oxford Primary Thesaurus with thousands of synonyms, writing tips, overused words and word webs to build writing confidence. Examples from authors such as Roald Dahl inspire children to use language creatively. This is the ideal thesaurus for primary age children to use independently.

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Life processes

Life processes

Match the life processes to the correct description and find the odd one out in these lists of living things.

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Oxford Primary Dictionary

Oxford Primary Dictionary

New edition of the bestselling Oxford Primary Dictionary with more words added, more spelling support, and enhanced supplements for grammar and language help. Easy-to-use with clear entries and examples from the books children love reading, plus curriculum help, it is the ideal dictionary for children aged 8+.

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Punctuation marks

Punctuation marks

Practise using the correct punctuation marks in sentences (full stops, question marks, and exclamation marks).

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Oxford Children’s Dictionary

Oxford Children’s Dictionary

A new edition of the popular Oxford Children’s Dictionary, ideal for homework help with updated text and a new supplement on punctuation, grammar and spelling.

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Plants and photosynthesis

Plants and photosynthesis

Answer the clues to solve this crossword about plants and then complete the paragraph about how plants make food in their leaves.

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Nouns and adjectives

Nouns and adjectives

Practise identifying common nouns, proper nouns, and adjectives and how they can be used together in sentences.

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Measuring units

Measuring units

Sort these units to show what they measure and identify which units should be used in context.

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Fraction diagrams

Fraction diagrams

Write the correct fraction next to each diagram and practise working out the fraction of a quantity.

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Oxford First Thesaurus

Oxford First Thesaurus

Major new edition of the Oxford First Thesaurus in paperback updated to include more related words, synonyms and antonyms to develop children’s writing skills and support comprehension. The perfect resource for home and school to inspire children to use more creative and interesting vocabulary.

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Food webs

Food webs

Fill in the blanks in this food web for a grassy field using five statements about the animals and plants.

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Diseases and viruses

Diseases and viruses

Match the human diseases to their descriptions and fill in the blanks to complete these notes about foodstuffs and human digestion.

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Human body

Human body

Fill in the blanks using the clues to identify parts of the human bod. Have a go at arranging the parts of the alimentary (digestive) canal.

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Oxford First Dictionary

Oxford First Dictionary

Major new edition of the Oxford First Dictionary in paperback includes new words and more pages to improve spelling, extend vocabulary and support comprehension in the curriculum. Its accessible alphabetical layout and new supplement on spelling and grammar tips and activities, makes it the perfect first dictionary for home and for starting school!

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Measures and time

Measures and time

Match imperial units to the situations, and record the time using digital and analogue clocks.

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Verbs and tenses

Verbs and tenses

Practise identifying the tense of a sentence and the types of verbs that indicate future tense.

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Oxford Very First Dictionary

Oxford Very First Dictionary

The Oxford Very First Dictionary, with its colourful clear layout and familiar first words, each with a simple definition and illustration, is a fun and easy way for young children to learn how to use a dictionary. Helps support early litearcy skills.

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Angles in shapes

Angles in shapes

Label and measure obtuse, acute and right angles and identify the parallel and perpendicular objects.

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