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Word Classes in Upper KS2

Word Classes in Upper KS2Whilst much of the work on pronouns will have been covered in earlier years it is well worth going over the types of pronoun again in Years 5 or 6. They often come up in the KS2 SATs and it is very easy to forget just what they are. We have […]

World Book Day

World Book Day 2022 is the 25th year that there has been a World Book Day, a day designed to promote reading for pleasure and it is celebrated in over 100 countries worldwide.By reading books you not only enjoy the stories (hopefully!) but also stimulate your mind and creativity and improve your vocabulary. Books open […]

English Certificates

English Certificates Our certificates have always been very popular and we are pleased to announce a whole new range of English certificates covering spelling, reading and handwriting. Featuring many of our most popular characters, we are sure they will be very popular. There is the option to print A4 size or 2 certificates to a […]

Chinese New Year

New! Chinese New YearChinese New Year is the biggest festival in China and it is celebrated by Chinese communities worldwide. It usually begins sometime between 21st January and 20th February, at the start of the new moon. This year it starts on 1st February. Imagine the night sky lit with masses of colourful lights, lantern […]

More Nursery Rhymes for KS1

New! More Nursery Rhymes for KS1 Activities linked to four more nursery rhymes are now available for KS1. Little Boy Blue, Little Jack Horner, Old Mother Hubbard and Little Miss Muffett are our latest rhymes. Nursery rhymes are a powerful source of rhythm and pattern in language, often having repetitive phrases making them easy to […]

American-British Spelling

American-British SpellingThere are many interesting differences between British and American spellings, some of which go back over 300 years. British spelling was standardised by the dictionary written by Samuel Johnson in 1755, taking into account the many European, especially French, origins of words. Noah Webster produced an American dictionary in the early 1800s, after the […]

Nursery Rhymes

Nursery RhymesNursery rhymes are an important part of learning for young children, encouraging the rhyme, rhythm and patterns that are so important in learning all languages. Simple repetitive phrases help with listening skills and the development of memory.We start our Nursery Rhyme section with four rhymes which particularly use rhyme and rhythm:Humpty DumptyLittle Bo PeepHickory […]

Upper KS2 Spelling ‘ice’ or ‘ise’?

Should you write practice or practise? If you are American the answer is very simple as they only use the ‘ice’ version – practice. If you are from the UK then it all gets a little bit trickier.Practise should be used when it is a verb, or ‘doing’ word. For example:Farah is going to practise […]

Report writing

We have just published our first set of planning sheets for helping children with report writing. The four topics are:PlaygroundThe Steam RailwaySwimming PoolLaser Light Display.These four topics have been adapted from past Year 6 SAT papers, therefore are ideal for older children. Whilst there is no set format for report writing, the report should be […]

Homonyms

With half term over what better time could there be to look at our sets of English worksheets on homonyms. A homonym is a word which shares the same spelling and the same pronunciation as another word but has a different meaning. Homonyms are another case of the weird and wonderful world of the English […]