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Supporting spelling at home

Supporting spelling at home

Mark Twain once observed, ‘anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word lacks imagination’. The government disagrees, so here are our top spelling tips.

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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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Cerrie Burnell’s top tips for reading bedtime stories

Cerrie Burnell’s top tips for reading bedtime stories

Sharing a book at bedtime helps develop your child’s vocabulary, gets them used to the idea of regular reading, and gives you both a great opportunity to bond. Children’s author Cerrie Burnell gives us her top tips for getting the most out of bedtime reading.

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The word gap: How to build your child’s vocabulary at home

The word gap: How to build your child’s vocabulary at home

Oxford University Press surveyed over 1,300 teachers who reported that the word gap is not only affecting children’s achievement at school but also that it can have a damaging impact on self-esteem and children’s ability to make friends. Find out what you can do to encourage language development at home.

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Writing non-fiction for fun

Writing non-fiction for fun

As writing for pleasure becomes less popular with children, Isabel Thomas emphasises the importance of writing non-fiction for fun.

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Times tables tips

Times tables tips

Our times tables top tips will provide some useful advice, ideas, and free activities to help you support your child in learning their times tables.

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Countdown to the KS2 SATs: week one

Countdown to the KS2 SATs: week one

Advice from James Clements about how you can help your child to do their very best in the KS2 national tests, and how the assessments can be approached so that they’re a positive experience for everyone involved.

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Oxford Owl Lockdown Learning Heroes Awards: Finalists

Oxford Owl Lockdown Learning Heroes Awards: Finalists

From superstar parents, to teachers who go the extra mile, to children who have been learning legends – we launched the Oxford Owl Lockdown Learning Hero Awards to celebrate the inspirational individuals who have made a difference to learning during lockdown, no matter how big or small.

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Working with school (in strange times)

Working with school (in strange times)

James Clements shares his advice on how we can work together with teachers to help our children be happy and confident at school, and gives his tips on getting the most out of parents’ evening.

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How to find the perfect words for your story

How to find the perfect words for your story

Every writer wants to find the perfect words to tell their story. These activities will guide your child through four ways to make language sparkle in their creative writing, from creating striking similes to wielding unusual words.

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Building reading dens

Building reading dens

Isabel Thomas explains how making reading dens with your child can turn reading a book into a special shared adventure with these simple ideas.

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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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Car journey games

Car journey games

Isabel Thomas suggests simple games to keep your child occupied on long car journeys – and to squeeze in a bit of learning on the way!

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Christmas activities for 5–7 year olds

Christmas activities for 5–7 year olds

Whatever the weather this Christmas, you’ll find an activity here to suit your child. Wrap up warm and go out for a winter scavenger hunt, or stay inside and play party games with our range of festive activity ideas.

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Back to school BINGO

Back to school BINGO

Frustrated by single-word answers from your child about the first few weeks at school? Get the conversation started with our Back to school BINGO card.

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