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‘Keeeep reading’ says Strictly Star Ore Oduba, the face of BookTrust’s new story time video

21st May 2018

BookTrust has partnered with popular TV presenter, new dad and Strictly Winner Ore Oduba, who playfully reads a new story time video bringing this year’s National Bookstart Week title A Busy Day for Birds to life. BookTrust, through its partnership with Walker Children’s Books, will gift...

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Take part in the Great British Bee Count between 17 May and 30 June

17th May 2018

With the weather finally warming up, children and families across the country will want to make the most of nature and the great outdoors, so why not get out and help save the UK’s bees? Friends of the Earth is inviting everyone to join the fight to protect nature, by taking part in the Great...

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An Interview with Holly Smale by Hannah Draisey

17th May 2018

Getting to Know Geek Girl Holly Smale, writer of the popular teenage novel series Geek Girl visited the Evelina Children’s Hospital in South London recently to speak to some of the patients who do their lessons in the hospital’s own school. While she was there, she spoke to young journalist...

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Early Times

16th May 2018

Introducing Your Toddler To Their New Sibling A new baby is an exciting time for any family, but it can also be quite unsettling for toddlers who are used to having undivided attention constantly. Some siblings adjust perfectly and love their new brother or sister right away, but there can be feelings...

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Get year 7s and 8s excited about reading again

16th May 2018

BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity today reveals the 17 titles available in its Bookbuzz 2018 programme. Bookbuzz is a reading programme that supports schools to encourage reading for pleasure. The programme is suitable for schoolchildren aged 11 - 13, regardless of...

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The value of learning to play a musical instrument

11th May 2018

Music is no longer for a few select kids who are labelled as gifted. Many children learn for fun as a rewarding extra curricular activity. Learning a musical instrument can contribute to overall mental development over the longer term. There are advantages in terms of improved concentration, the ability...

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Five ways to help your child perform better at school

11th May 2018

There’s lots of research that shows children of all ages do better at school when parents are actively involved in their education. In fact, research by John Hattie found that “The effect of parental engagement over a student’s school career is the equivalent of adding two to three...

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Throw a Big Lunch to win a visit from The Gruffalo!

10th May 2018

For the next three weeks, The Big Lunch is offering all those who are holding a Big Lunch the chance to win a visit from the real Gruffalo at their event! Your very special guest will deliver a Gruffalo themed party pack to help make your Big Lunch day even more special. Four lucky runner-up lunchers...

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Blending Families

2nd May 2018

A blended family occurs when the original family units break down and two new families come together. Whilst everyone wants everything to happen and settle down quickly, patience is key, particularly when two families begin their new lives together. When families come together, it can be a difficult...

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New Arrivals at Cotswold Wildlife Park

30th April 2018

Meet Belle, our newest addition to the Rhino family, she is also the first calf in the Park's history to be hand-reared. The Park is also celebrating the birth of a Bactrian Camel. The female calf has been named Elsa. In the wild, Bactrian Camels are classified as critically endangered and are...

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College of Optometrists issues advice for hay fever suffers as soaring temperatures continue

23rd April 2018

As the UK is experiencing hot weather, and the Met office predicts pollen count levels to rise, the College of Optometrists has issued advice to those who suffer from hay fever, and how they can look after their eyes: Avoid your exposure to pollen, by closing windows and keeping surfaces clear...

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Premier League marks one year of Primary Stars with limited edition poetry book composed by school children

23rd April 2018

As part of the one-year celebrations of Premier League Primary Stars, the Premier League has published ‘Try Try Again’, a book of poems penned by winners of the Writing Stars poetry competition. Premier League Primary Stars is a curriculum-linked education programme which uses the appeal...

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New research reveals nature’s beauty increases happiness

17th April 2018

This June’s 30 Days Wild challenge from The Wildlife Trusts will encourage thousands of people across the UK to make their neighbourhoods wilder – to help wildlife and get communities sharing the joy of the wild. Academics at the University of Derby who have monitored the challenge since...

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The National Refuse Championships is returning to Somerset

11th April 2018

The first ever National Refuse Championships took place in June 2017 at Weston-super-Mare where over 100 refuse vehicle drivers and loaders from across the UK gathered to compete in a series of races. Over £12000 was raised for The Alzheimer’s Society and Aylesbury Vale District Council...

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