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British Science Week 2020 Activity Packs are Live!

21st February 2020

The British Science Week (6 March to 15 March) activity packs are now live and available to download. This year’s theme is centred on our diverse planet, with different ways to celebrate the world’s amazing ecological, cultural and societal diversity. There are activities that focus...

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Do You Own the UK’s Most Marvellous Moggy?

21st February 2020

Cat lovers are being invited to nominate their furry friends for the biggest event in the feline year – the National Cat Awards 2020. Run by the charity Cats Protection, the annual event celebrates the nation’s most marvellous moggies, with heart-warming tales of devotion, courage and companionship. Owners...

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ON YOUR MARKS and GET SET… It’s nearly time for Sport Relief!

21st February 2020

Phoebe Lill, Schools Fundraising Manager for Sport Relief, suggests ten top tips to help schools and families warm up for the event. Sport Relief – which is coming up from 9–13 March – is a unique opportunity for children to get active, have fun, raise money and change lives. We’re...

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Attention Nature Lovers! Join the Nest Box Challenge

20th February 2020

Information collected by British Trust for Ornithology volunteer nest recorders each year provides an insight into how some of our resident and migratory birds fared during the breeding season. The big winners in 2019 were the tits – blue, great and long tailed tits. Nest Box Challenge gives...

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Tips to help your child succeed in primary school

20th February 2020

Is your child struggling in his/her studies? Are you afraid that she isn’t motivated enough to make the needed effort? Well, it is common for primary school kids to struggle with learning, social, and emotional problems, so you don’t have to be too worried for now. If you want to help them...

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Primary school pupils encouraged to be ambitious for this year’s Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition

19th February 2020

The Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition has returned for a third year, with primary school pupils aped five to 11 across England and Wales encouraged to write on the theme of ambition. Premier League Writing Stars is a poetry competition open to pupils from all primary schools in England...

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Clare Balding and the Leeds Castle BIG Story Writing Challenge

19th February 2020

Children all over the UK aged 5-13 are invited to join in Leeds Castle’s BIG Story Writing Challenge by writing a short story inspired by the theme of ‘One Golden Day’. To enter the competition, you’ll need to be aged either between 5 and 9 or 10 and 13. Put on your royal thinking...

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Every baby, toddler and three-year-old in Scotland to receive free bag of books

17th February 2020

Bookbug Goes Green Scottish Book Trust today announces the books chosen for the 2020/21 Bookbug Bags that are distributed at no cost to every baby, toddler and 3-year-old in Scotland. The charity will start to roll out new Bookbug bags that have been developed with eco-friendliness in mind, made from...

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Cotswold Wildlife Park debuts Africa’s rarest Parrot species – the Black-Cheeked Lovebirds

14th February 2020

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Burford collection debuts a new bird species at the Park. For the first time in its fifty-year history, Cotswold Wildlife Park is home to a magnificently coloured flock of Black-Cheeked Lovebirds (Agapornis nigrigeni) – believed to be Africa’s most...

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NASCOT WOOD JUNIOR SCHOOL AND DENMARK ROAD HIGH SCHOOL CROWNED WINNERS OF THE EXPLORE LEARNING MATHEMATICIANS’ AWARDS

11th February 2020

Explore Learning is inspiring the next generation of mathematicians with University Challenge legend Bobby Seagull as the official ambassador After weeks of hard work, tough mathematical training and intense competitions, teams from Nascot Wood Junior School and Denmark Road High School have been...

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Aldi’s Kit for Schools awards 20 UK schools £20,000 to support health legacies

7th February 2020

Aldi’s Kit for Schools has awarded an incredible £20,000 to 20 schools across the UK to help them each build a healthy legacy. Through the promotion, shoppers who spent £30 or more in Aldi stores received Team GB stickers to help their school complete a Kit for Schools poster to...

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WINNERS OF THE LAUGH OUT LOUD BOOK AWARDS ANNOUNCED

7th February 2020

The winners of the Laugh Out Loud Awards (“The Lollies”), a set of awards created by Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, to celebrate the funniest children’s books, have been announced. The award is now in its fourth successful year, reaching...

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Derby parents to benefit from launch of first-ever app and website designed to be a one-stop shop of information

6th February 2020

A BRAND-NEW website and app for parents of primary school pupils in Derby, designed to be a one-stop shop showcasing everything you need to know about school life, has been launched. The School Toolkit website and app – the first of its kind in the UK - will be translated into five different...

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SCHOOLCHILDREN PUT THEIR BREXIT QUESTIONS TO THE PRIME MINISTER

3rd February 2020

20 First News readers attended a special children’s lobby with the Prime Minister at No10 Downing Street yesterday, where they were given the opportunity to ask questions about what Brexit will mean for them. The 8-14 year olds came from around schools around the country and spent two hours...

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Boost your kids’ brain power with watercress

3rd February 2020

A new study* from the University of Pennsylvania suggests that ensuring plenty of iron in the diets of children and teenagers will boost their brain power and also beyond into adulthood. Adding iron rich veg such as watercress to meals is an easy way to do this. Finally! Parents everywhere are vindicated...

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Nominations open in search for RHS school gardening heroes 2020

29th January 2020

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is calling on schools and youth groups to nominate their green-fingered heroes for RHS School Gardeners of the Year 2020. Now in its ninth year, the competition champions the many benefits of school gardening, shining a light on the nation’s most dedicated...

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2020 Bookbug Picture Book Prize winner announced

29th January 2020

Over 13,000 children voted for their favourite picture book Scottish Book Trust has today revealed the winner of the 2020 Bookbug Picture Book Prize is The Station Mouse by Meg McLaren (Anderson Press). Over 13,000 children across Scotland cast their votes for the award online. The award is run...

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Dogs Trust deliver FREE educational workshops and assemblies across the UK

27th January 2020

Dogs Trust deliver FREE educational workshops and assemblies across the UK. Educating children about responsible dog ownership and safety around dogs is vital to ensure a future generation of safe, responsible and compassionate dog owners. For more information on our workshops please our FAQ...

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Is mould polluting the air in your home & making your child sick?

27th January 2020

29% of homeowners know that they have mould growing in their homes, according to an Ipsos poll. This is a worrying statistic, as mould has been linked to multiple health conditions, including respiratory disease, asthma, and skin rashes. As children’s’ immune systems are still developing,...

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Tips for teaching your kids healthy eating habits

27th January 2020

Nutrition is important for everyone, but it can be especially difficult to convince children to adopt healthier eating habits. As the meal provider, it will be up to you to adopt new tactics for getting everyone in your family to eat more wholesome foods and to enjoy their healthier options. These suggestions...

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Stanstead Nursery & Primary School win Carnegie Silver Award for Mental Health

26th January 2020

Stanstead Nursery & Primary School in Rise Park have been awarded the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools, Silver Award. Louise Nicholls is Class Teacher and Wellbeing Lead at the school and said, “I was delighted to hear we had been awarded Silver! As we were starting...

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World Book Day: Make time for reading

23rd January 2020

With World Book Day approaching (5th March) there’s no better time to get back into reading with your child. It can be difficult to find the time to read in busy family life, but there are so many benefits to picking up a book: improving your child’s mental health, igniting your child’s...

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Be inspired to illustrate with… Nick Sharratt

22nd January 2020

Nick Sharratt is the artist behind hundreds of beloved children’s book characters created by authors including Jacqueline Wilson, Julia Donaldson, Jeremy Strong, as well as timeless fairy-tale characters and characters of his own creation – his personal favourites being Timothy Pope and his...

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Primary Times takes a look at ways to throw a great birthday party on a sensible budget

22nd January 2020

Birthday parties can be expensive events. There’s the invitations, the venue, the presents, the party bags, sometimes there’s also a theme, not to mention how many children you invite. Don’t despair! There are many inventive options available to throw your child a spectacular birthday...

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Ocean Conservation Trust partners with Connect Academy Trust to put the Ocean at the centre of primary school curriculums

20th January 2020

Ocean conservation charity, the Ocean Conservation Trust – which also runs Plymouth’s much loved National Marine Aquarium - has teamed up with the Connect Academy Trust to launch an exciting curriculum learning project which puts the Ocean at the centre of education. Nicola Bridge, Head...

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A guide to staying stress-free on your first family road trip

15th January 2020

Going on a road trip is one of the best ways to spend time with loved ones. However, being on the road with little ones can be challenging for parents, with a study revealing that British kids will ask to stop the car to use the toilet 50 minutes into the trip, and instead of enjoying the sights, children...

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PREMIER LEAGUE TEAMS UP WITH PANINI TO LAUNCH NEW ‘STICK WITH MATHS’ RESOURCES DESIGNED TO MAKE LEARNING FUN

15th January 2020

The Premier League and Panini are partnering to create new ‘Stick with Maths’ resources which encourage pupils to actively engage in their Maths lessons. Available to download for free from the Premier League Primary Stars website (PLPrimaryStars.com), the resources use player data featured...

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DAVID WALLIAMS TO HOST 2020 INTO FILM AWARDS

13th January 2020

Leading education charity Into Film has today announced that the 2020 Into Film Awards will take place on 18 March at ODEON Luxe Leicester Square in London, and will be hosted by David Walliams OBE (Britain’s Got Talent, Little Britain). The Into Film Awards, now in its seventh year, celebrates...

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Schools wanted for RSPCA Compassionate Class competition

9th January 2020

Do you have a class full of animal lovers who want to make a difference in the animal welfare world? North east primary school pupils win national Safety Seymour carbon monoxide competition. Beymour Sickly and Gary the Gas Fire were chosen from more than 500 entries. The RSPCA has launched its...

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Get £15 off your first 4 HelloFresh recipe boxes

10th October 2019

Get £15 off your first 4 HelloFresh recipe boxes. Save more when you get extra servings! We know that getting the whole family around the table at once can be challenging at the best of times. Our family-friendly recipes have been created with busy parents in mind,...

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