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Blog posts for: Reception

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Biff, Chip and Kipper: Rhyming Games Flashcards

Biff, Chip and Kipper: Rhyming Games Flashcards

These exciting rhyming games encourage children to practise their letters and sounds. They will help your child link groups of letters with their sounds, recognise rhyming words, develop memory and concentration skills and develop early reading and spelling skills.

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Reception at primary school

Reception at primary school

Reception means most children’s very first step into formal schooling, and can be both exciting and nervewracking! Find out what to expect and what your child will be learning.

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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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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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Biff, Chip and Kipper: Stories and Activities Stage 2, Book A

Biff, Chip and Kipper: Stories and Activities Stage 2, Book A

This Stories and Activities book contains two Biff, Chip and Kipper stories in an appealing comic-strip format, along with fun activities that will help your child to practise sounds, letters and early reading skills at home. Find out what happens when Kipper’s teddy has an accident and read how Ron the rook comes to the rescue!

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: Stories and Activities Stage 2, Book B

Biff, Chip and Kipper: Stories and Activities Stage 2, Book B

This Stories and Activities book contains two Biff, Chip and Kipper stories in an appealing comic-strip format, along with fun activities that will help your child to practise sounds, letters and early reading skills at home. Find out what happens when Chip loses his backpack and read about a silly rainy day in the garden!

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: The Sing Song and Other Stories

Biff, Chip and Kipper: The Sing Song and Other Stories

Have fun with the family at a singing competition, see Chip dress up as a king and find out what happens when Floppy finds a juicy bone! This collection contains two phonics books and two stories. Tips for parents and fun activities help you and your child to enjoy reading together.

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: Super Dad and Other Stories

Biff, Chip and Kipper: Super Dad and Other Stories

Watch Biff and Chip look after the hens, go on two space adventures with Kipper and find out how Wilf’s dad saves the day! This collection contains two phonics books and two stories. Tips for parents and fun activities help you and your child to enjoy reading together.

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: Wet Feet and Other Stories

Biff, Chip and Kipper: Wet Feet and Other Stories

Help Kipper choose a new hat, go fishing with Wilf and join Floppy on an adventure in the desert! This collection contains two phonics books and two stories. Tips for parents and fun activities help you and your child to enjoy reading together.

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Phonics: The Town Mouse and Country Mouse and Other Tales

Phonics: The Town Mouse and Country Mouse and Other Tales

This beautifully illustrated Stage 1 book is filled with the traditional stories of The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse; The Gingerbread Man; The Enormous Turnip; and Get the Rat. The tales have been re-written so that children can read for themselves and develop their phonics skills.

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: The Duckling and Other Stories

Biff, Chip and Kipper: The Duckling and Other Stories

Discover how Wilma rescues a duckling in trouble, go on a monster hunt with Gran and find out what happens when Kipper gets stuck! This collection contains two phonics books, two stories, tips for parents, and fun activities to help you and your child enjoy reading together.

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Numicon: 1st Steps with Numicon at Home Kit

Numicon: 1st Steps with Numicon at Home Kit

The First Steps with Numicon at Home Kit has been designed for parents and carers of pre-school children (aged 3–5) and uses a multi-sensory approach to help develop essential maths skills during the Foundation Stage and early Key Stage 1.

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