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Home habits to boost your child's school performance
5 surprising home habits that affect your child’s learning
What are the very best ways to support your child's learning and help them reach their full potential? In an extract from their handbook, A...
Best laptops for secondary school
Best laptops for secondary school
Thinking of investing in a laptop for your Year 7 child? We asked Y11 computing student Tom to test a few different secondary school laptop options...
Forest school activity ideas
Forest school fun for kids
Learn to read clouds and enjoy some splashy water games in the great outdoors with an extract from Forest School Wild Play by Jane Worroll and Peter...
News and current affairs with children
How to get your child interested in the news
We asked the experts at Newsround and First News for their advice on raising a child with a keen interest in current affairs.
What children can learn from magic tricks
What children can learn from magic tricks
Abracadabra! Here's how learning magic tricks can help your child develop skills that will last a lifetime.
Time for School by Daisy Upton
6 literacy and numeracy early learning games
Looking for some quick and easy learning activities to do with your child? In our extract from Five Minute Mum: Time For School, parent and best-...
Wildlife projects for children
9 wildlife projects for kids
Help your child learn about and look after native species with these great outdoor activities.
Rebuilding your child’s confidence with literacy
Rebuilding your child’s confidence with literacy
If your child's reading, spelling and handwriting are rusty after time away from the classroom, read our expert advice on helping them find...
Homeschooling support for autistic children
Supporting autistic children with homeschooling
Finding it hard to keep your autistic child on track with home learning? We asked the experts for their advice.
Teacher tips for homeschooling problems
9 lockdown learning problems solved
Homeschooling during lockdown has many challenges. Teacher Katie Tollitt shares her problem-solving strategies to help take the stress out of home...
How to look after your mental health while homeschooling
How to look after your mental health while homeschooling
If you’re feeling the pressure of supporting your child’s home learning, you’re not alone.
How to make home learning interactive
How to make home learning interactive
Is your child missing the hubbub of the classroom? We asked the experts how to help primary school children feel more connected when they're...
Why jigsaw puzzles are great for kids
Why jigsaw puzzles are great for kids
Jigsaws can help your child develop many physical and mental skills, so why not get one out this weekend?
Live lessons: tips for parents
How to help your child make the most of live lessons
With lots of children now learning mostly on screen during school closures, read our advice on helping your primary school child get to grips with...
Teachers lockdown learning truths
14 things teachers want you to know about lockdown learning
Last-minute changes of plan, supporting children at home and in school, and battling tricky technology: here’s what it’s like to be a teacher in...
Best nursery rhymes and fairy tales apps for kids
Best nursery rhymes and fairy tales apps for kids
For many children, nursery rhymes and fairy tales are the first step on the road to independent reading. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite...
Zero budget activities for kids
9 ways to keep your child busy on zero budget
Feeling the pinch? These brilliant ideas will banish boredom without testing your bank balance.
Benefits of learning to code for kids
Coding benefits for kids
​Why is your child learning to code in primary school and why is coding an important skill for their future? We asked the experts at Bright Little...
Lockdown life skills: screen-free fun
15 life lessons children have learned in lockdown
2020-21 have been full of challenges, but many children have grown from the experience. Here’s what they've learned during the pandemic.
Best brain-training apps for kids
Best brain-training apps for kids
Help your child develop essential skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking and spatial awareness with these brilliant brain games.
Road safety for tweens: the parents' guide
Road safety for tweens: the parents' guide
Travelling to school or to see friends alone is an important milestone for children at the end of primary school and moving to secondary, but...
Summer challenges for primary school children
The best summer challenges for kids
Help your child keep those brain cells active throughout the holidays with these brilliant activities, from reading to computer coding.
Develop your child's reading skills
11 ways to take your child's reading to the next level
Once you’ve encouraged your child's love of stories and boosted their confidence in their reading skills, it’s time to develop those strategies...
Summer science projects for Y6 to Y7 transition
Summer science projects for Y6 to Y7 transition
Help your child prepare for secondary-school-level work by supporting them with a summer science project. Caitlin Brown, Education Manager at the...
Class of 2020
15 of the best ways to celebrate the end of term
Turn the end of the school year from a damp squib to something to celebrate with these great pre-summer activities.
What is unschooling?
What is unschooling?
Ever fancied ditching school and letting your child learn through following their interests? The unschooled approach to home education could be right...
Best children’s books by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) authors
Best ethnically diverse children’s books
Bookseller Valentina Alexander of MyBookbasket.com shares some of her favourite children’s books that celebrate ethnic diversity.
Keeping your child motivated with home learning
Keeping up the momentum with home learning
Struggling to keep your child on track with their home learning? Try these techniques for giving their motivation a boost.
Best cookery books for kids
Best cookery books for kids
Help your child master kitchen skills that’ll set them up for life with these brilliant cookbooks for every age. From cookery basics to elaborate...
Best poetry home schooling resources
Best poetry home schooling resources
Do you love poetry, or wish you had more time to explore it? Introduce your family to the delights of the spoken word with this selection of...
How to make online tutoring work for your child
How to make online tutoring work for your child
Is your child preparing for the 11+ or getting support with general studies? Two tutors share their advice on making the most of online tutoring.
Best virtual museum experiences for families
7 of the best virtual museum adventures for families
If you can't get to a museum because of Covid, why not visit one from the comfort of home? Whether you are a history enthusiast or an art...
Best numeracy home schooling resources
Best numeracy home schooling resources
Boost your child's confidence with all aspects of maths with our pick of the best homeschooling numeracy resources: games, hands-on activities,...
Lockdown learning vs home education
Lockdown learning: why it’s not the same as home education
Are you feeling stressed about your ability to home educate while schools are closed? Here's why you shouldn't compare yourself with...
Best virtual festivals for families
Best virtual festivals for families
In-person festivals and interactive events are on hold for the moment, but that doesn't mean you can't catch up with amazing digital...
Night-time family learning activities
Night-time family learning activities
Rethink bedtime and reclaim your evenings as family fun time with light-and-shadows art, lantern-making and star (or satellite) gazing. From dusk...
Best literacy home schooling resources
Best literacy home schooling resources
Whether your child is just learning to read and print letters or looking for ways to put their creative writing skills to the test, we've...
Safe video calling for kids
Communicating online: how to keep your child safe
Worried about whether apps like Zoom and Houseparty are safe for your primary school child? Here’s our advice, with help from internet security...
Best wildlife and nature home schooling resources
Best wildlife and nature home schooling resources
Watch wildlife webcams, construct habitats, grow seeds on a windowsill and make eco-friendly choices – we've rounded up the best nature and...
Schools reopening in the UK: your questions answered
Primary schools reopening in March 2021: what to expect
What might we expect when primary schools in England reopen fully in March 21? We take a look at the latest rules and guidelines.

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