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Primary school appeals
Primary school appeals: a step-by-step guide
Finding out your child hasn’t got a place at your preferred primary school can be devastating. We explain how to appeal the decision with our step-by...
What are modal verbs?
What are modal verbs?
Modal verbs indicate possibility, obligation or ability. Find out how your child will be taught about modal verbs in grammar lessons in KS2 and the...
What are line symmetry, reflective symmetry and rotational symmetry?
What are line symmetry, reflective symmetry and rotational symmetry?
Understand the forms of symmetry your child will be taught as part of the primary-school curriculum (line symmetry, reflective symmetry and...
What is long division?
What is long division?
Children in Year 5 and Year 6 are encouraged to use the long division method to divide larger numbers. We explain the technique and offer a step-by-...
The SEN code of practice 2014 explained for parents
The SEN code of practice 2014: what it means for your child
The special educational needs system is undergoing its biggest reform for 30 years. We explain the main changes and how they could affect your child.
What are number facts?
What are number facts?
Children are expected to memorise a number of different number facts in primary school, including number bonds to 20 and the multiplication and...
What is volume?
What is volume?
Volume and capacity are important concepts in primary maths, and your child will start learning about the amount of 3D space occupied by an object in...
What is a formula?
What is a formula?
Formulae help children to work out answers to mathematical problems. We explain which formulae your child will be taught in primary school, including...
What is BODMAS?
What is BODMAS?
We explain the concept of BODMAS, used to help Year 6 pupils remember what order mathematical calculations should be completed in, and offer examples...
Poetry for primary-school children
7 classic poems to read with primary-school children
Poems come in all shapes and sizes. Some rhyme, some don't. Some are old, some are new. Introduce your child to a world of words to whisper,...
Breakfast brain-boosters, Go Faster Food for Kids
5 back-to-school breakfasts to boost body and brain
Finding it hard to get the brain back into gear after a long summer? Kate Percy, author of Go Faster Food for Kids, brings you her top three...
What are NFER tests?
What are NFER tests?
Never heard of NFER levels? You're not alone. We get the lowdown on these optional tests for Key Stage 2 children.
Foundling Museum family workshop
Museums reviewed by parents: The Foundling Museum
At the Foundling Museum the whole family can get a glimpse into a heartwarming piece of London history – the story of abandoned children taken in and...
Mary Rose, Portsmouth, reviewed for parents
Museums reviewed by parents: Mary Rose, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Travel back in time to Henry VIII's navy and its flagship, the Mary Rose. Recovered from the sea after nearly five hundred years, the ship is...
KS1 SATs in 2016
Changes to KS1 SATs in 2016: what parents need to know
If your child will start Year 2 in September 2015 or beyond, they'll need to be prepared for the new style KS1 SATs in 2016. Here's what...
KS2 SATs in 2016
Changes to KS2 SATs in 2016: what parents need to know
With a huge overhaul planned to coincide with the introduction of the new national curriculum, how are SATs changing from summer 2016? Read on for...
Primary school computing and ICT glossary for parents
Do you know what your child means when they're talking about compiling algorithms and debugging programs? We explain the primary school...
Where the poppies grow
13 of the best children's books about WWI
Our pick of powerful, informative and evocative novels, anthologies and non-fiction books will help primary-school children understand the facts...
Viva Alice - summer reads 2014
14 of the best children's books for summer 2014
Make this summer a fiction-packed break with our pick of the best kids' books to read on the beach, by a lake, up a mountain, in a tent or just...
Primary-school cooking curriculum
Cooking and nutrition in primary schools
For the first time ever, practical cookery lessons are compulsory in primary schools. We explain what your budding MasterChef might learn.
What is the pupil premium?
The parent's guide to the pupil premium
If your child is eligible for free school meals, they may also be entitled to a sum of money paid to their school to boost their learning. We explain...
Mum and child reading poetry
4 ways to bring poetry to life for your child
With poetry on the new national curriculum for children as young as five, poet Adisa the Verbaliser explains how to make poetry magical for your...
What is a cloze test?
What is a cloze test?
An important part of the new-format 11+ exam, and a valuable test of your child's ability in English, we explain what cloze procedures involve.
Dinosaur Zoo © Robert Day
101 fantastic activities for the summer 2014 school holidays
Experience life in the trenches, take a spin in Mr Toad's car and journey to the heart of the Hadron Collider (yes, really) – we've got...
Computing in KS2
What your child learns in Key Stage 2 computing
In Years 3 to 6, computing lessons are a key part of the curriculum. Here’s what your child will learn in KS2.
Computing in KS1
What your child learns in Key Stage 1 computing
Computing is an essential skill for all children to learn, and an important part of the curriculum. Here’s what your child will be taught in Years 1...
No-waste packed lunch solutions
10 of the best no-waste packed lunch solutions
You recycle cans, glass and scraps of paper religiously, but your child's daily lunch box packs the bin with a steady stream of plastic sandwich...
Preparing for the 11+
Top tips for surviving the 11+
Sally Ashworth and her husband have seen three of children through the 11+ (with one more gearing up for the test later this year). From DIY tutoring...
Eureka! reviewed for parents
Museums reviewed by parents: Eureka!
One of the best children's museums in the world, Eureka! is packed with hundreds of hands-on exhibits designed to inspire children to learn...
PE provision for children with disabilities
Active and inclusive: PE provision for children with disabilities
Andrew Shields examines PE provision for children with disabilities and highlights the opportunities that now exist to play sport both in school and...