Whether your child is starting school for the first time, moving up to secondary school or simply moving up a year, you'll find lots of useful advice and activity ideas by following the links further down this page. You'll also find lots of fun ideas and book recommendations to help avoid the summer slump.
Calling all teachers! You'll find ideas and resources to help plan a smooth start to the term on Oxford Owl for School.
Starting primary school is a major milestone for you and your child, but there's plenty you can do to prepare. We’ve pulled together expert advice, activity ideas and book recommendations to help you help your child make the best possible start to school life. Read our Guide to Starting School >
Primary school: Years 1–6
In our year-by-year guides, we run through the changes you can expect each year at school, what will be expected of your child, and what you can do to support them at home.
Light-touch learning and lots of fun!
Developing skills, and KS1 SATs.
Independence and empathy.
Times tables, confidence and fun!
A year of calm study.
Memories and magic!
Help and resources for primary school
Video help from learning to read with phonics, to understanding how maths is taught at school, to how to use fronted adverbials.
Encourage a love of reading with our extensive range of free eBooks for ages 3–11.
Workbooks to help ages 8–11 prepare for the Year 6 KS2 SATs.
From our blog
Tips for creating the right space and schedule for homework and home learning in busy households.
Why the word gap matters and what you can do at home to help build your child's vocabulary.
Choosing the right dictionary for your child can really help them become an enthusiastic, independent reader.
Finishing primary school and moving up to secondary school is another major milestone, for children and for parents. Our blog is at hand with a series of posts, covering issues such as getting to school safely, making friends and dealing with homework. And there's a handy checklist to print and stick to your fridge in the run up to the first day. Guide to starting secondary school >
From our blog
The Key Stage 2 National Test scaled scores explained.
Top tips for approaching different ways of learning, and increased homework.
GCSEs have changed in the last few years. Find out what the new scores mean, and what else has changed with our blog post.
Find out how to support your child through GCSEs, and when to start doing it.