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Grammar: More adjectives

Grammar: More adjectives Adjectives form a major part of grammar work in years 1 and 2 and children will be taught that an adjective is a word that describes somebody or something (e.g. old, careful, huge). Children will also be shown that adjectives usually come before a noun, but they can be put after linking […]

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check will begin on the week commencing 12th June 2017. It is designed to show how well children can use the phonics skills they have learned, but perhaps more importantly it identifies those who need extra help. It is certainly nothing for parents to worry […]

The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat What is a runcible spoon? Well, it appears in the wonderful nonsense poem written in 1871 by Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussycat. Voted the nation’s most beloved children’s poem in 2014 (The Guardian), it highlights how traditional stories and rhymes are still being passed down from one generation […]

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day There are some days of the year that we do not want to forget and Mothering Sunday, or Mother’s Day as it is sometimes known, is one of them. It is now a day which honours mothers and other mother figures such as grandmothers, with the giving of cards and presents, but it […]


Fables A fable is a short story which conveys a moral, often with animals as the characters. Probably the best known of all fable writers is Aesop, a storyteller who lived in Greece around 600 BC. At that time the stories were passed on orally and it was not until several centuries later that they […]

Verbs in KS1 and KS2

Verbs in KS1 and KS2 It is some time since we have talked about verbs, but with the new test papers in place we now know that verbs crop up in both the KS1 and KS2 papers. This makes it very important that children understand and use them correctly. At KS1 the requirement is that […]

Free New Year Worksheets

Free New Year Worksheets The start of a new year is a great time to reflect on the past and look forward to the new. Our fabulous New Year worksheets, including some excellent resources on New Year’s Resolutions, are now all available absolutely free for anyone on a trial. The New Year’s Resolutions pages range […]

Christmas resources

Christmas free resources Wow! It really doesn’t seem that a whole year has passed since we last wrote about Christmas worksheets, but we have achieved a great deal over the last year and there is much more on its way. We have published a large number of worksheets for the latest KS2 Arithmetic Paper and […]

English vocabulary: cloze procedures

English vocabulary: cloze procedures Cloze procedures are great for developing vocabulary. A cloze procedure, or exercise, is a piece of writing where children have to fill in the missing words so that the sentences make sense. Sometimes there is a collection of words that can be used to fill the gaps, sometimes it is an […]

English writing: newspaper reports

English writing: newspaper reports Writing newspaper reports can be a fun way to write creatively for an audience. There are several points to bear in mind when writing a newspaper report: a. have a really attention grabbing headline b. keep the opening short but informative so that the reader can get the key points of […]