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Pre-handwriting activities using scissors video
Video: Pre-writing activities using scissors
Invest in a pair of child-safe scissors and try some of our pre-handwriting activities, as recommended by the National Handwriting Association...
Pre-handwriting activities video
Video: Pre-writing activities to support handwriting
Support your child's pre-handwriting development in nursery and Reception with fun activities and play, all designed to help build essential...
Handwriting stages of development explained for parents video
Video: Handwriting development stages explained for parents
From anti-clockwise circles to letter formation, find out about your child's handwriting journey and how you can support them at home in...
Handwriting advice: grip and positioning for new writers
Video: correct handwriting grip and positioning for new writers
Help your child establish great handwriting habits from Reception and KS1 with our expert advice video for the parents of new writers. From the...
Pencil grasp development video
Video: Pencil grasp development
From eighteen months to five years, TheSchoolRun's handwriting video explains how children's pencil grasp changes over time, how to...
Dynamic tripod grasp explanation video
Video: The dynamic tripod grasp explained
Video advice and tips to help establish a good handwriting position, including details of the dynamic tripod grasp (the ideal hand position for...
Dynamic tripod grip handwriting advice video
Video: The dynamic tripod grasp for better handwriting
Children who hold their pencil or pen in the ideal handwriting position, the dynamic tripod grip, can write comfortably for longer. The National...
Correcting pencil grip handwriting advice video
Video: Correcting pencil grip
Does your child struggle to hold their pencil correctly? Our handwriting tips video offers expert advice on correcting pencil grip and establishing...
Right-handed handwriting tips and advice video
Video: Right-handed handwriting tips and expert advice
Right-handed handwriting tips and advice from the experts, with practical examples of the best way to position paper correctly and hold the pencil...
Correct wrist position for handwriting video
Video: Correct wrist position for handwriting
TheSchoolRun's new handwriting videos feature experts from the National Handwriting Association offering tips to help parents improve their...
Left-handed handwriting tips and advice video
Video: Left-handed handwriting tips and expert advice
Left-handed handwriting tips and advice from the experts, with practical examples of the best way to position paper correctly and how to hold your...
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...

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