This DK book will help you help your children as they study for their SATS tests. It's packed with practical advice for coping with the pressure of exams.
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It has tips for giving reassuring support and has an appealing visual guide to help you handle children's anxieties and recognise their learning style, including what methods work best for them.
Other chapters explain what test papers actually involve and there are also reference and practical activities to help children prepare for each one.
Supporting the National Curriculum in reading, spelling, grammar, punctuation and maths, this is an essential guide for parents who want to help their children succeed at this very important time.
Covering idioms, proverbs, word origins and the history of the English language, this four-book collection will make a perfect present for anyone who loves words.
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If you've ever noticed that 'out of sight, out of mind' and 'absence makes the heart grow fonder' can't both be true, these books are for you. They look at where these pieces of wisdom come from and how their meanings have changed and evolved over time.
Linking hundreds of words with historical upheavals and minor social changes, these books also provide explanations and meanings for thousands of rather illogical-sounding idioms.
This DK guide to psychology will help you understand more about the science behind how the human mind works and how people think and act in different situations.
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It's packed with clear, striking visuals that make the inner-workings of the brain easy to understand and also contains information on why humans get anxious and paranoid, as well as the treatments for these issues (CBT, psychoanalysis and therapy).
A brilliant book for students and those who just have an interest in how the mind works, this detailed book offers easy-to-follow overviews of the likes of behaviourism, cognitive psychology and humanism. It will also help you understand why psychology plays a huge role in various aspects of our lives.
Featuring summaries of the Bard's plays and characters, The Shakespeare Companion is the perfect read for anyone interested in his works, or those who are new to one of the most influential writers of all time.
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Complete with a foreword by Dame Judi Dench, this book will enlighten you about Shakespeare's writing and help you enjoy his plays even more. It provides synopses of plays and even a resume of each performance's history.
There is also a look back at the history of Shakespearean theatre and those plays that he did not write that have been wrongly attributed to him.
Written by Mark Vanhoenacker, a senior first officer for British Airways, How to Land a Plane is a book that tells you how to get in the cockpit and take the controls of any aeroplane.
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Mark invites you to be captain as he talks through the nitty-gritty of an approach and a touchdown. He also explains our understanding of flight from the ground up (or rather, from the sky down) as he reveals all the ins and outs of this incredibly challenging and rewarding achievement of humanity.
Short, humorous and spiritual, this book makes flying more fun and accessible before. You'll learn the difference between 'controls' and 'instruments' and be able to notice the breathtaking beauty of amazing cloudscapes and stunning sunsets from up above.
This book is full of indispensable advice and information that will see students through the whole of their uni life, including: getting ready to go - what to take and what to leave behind; freshers week - what to do and what definitely not to do; your course - studying, coursework and exams; housing, house hunting and dealing with difficult landlords; money - everything you need to know about fees, loans and debt; health and stress; campus crime and safety; work and careers - when to start thinking about the future; graduation and beyond - job, gap year or a post-graduate course? And, of course, hedonism - after all, it's not all about the study.
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This is the story of generations of parents, Britain's richest and grandest, who believed that being miserable at school was necessary to make a good and successful citizen. Childish suffering was a price they accepted for the preservation of their class, and their entitlement. The children who were moulded by this misery and abuse went on - as they still do - to run Britain's public institutions and private companies. Confronting the truth of his own schooldays and the crimes he witnessed, Alex Renton has revealed a much bigger story. It is of a profound malaise in the British elite, shown up by tolerance of the abuse of its own children that amounts to collusion. This culture and its traditions, and the hypocrisy, cronyism and conspiracy that underpin them, are key to any explanation of the scandals over sexual abuse, violence and cover-up in child care institutions that are now shocking the nation. As Renton shows, complicity in this is the bleak secret at the heart of today's British elite.
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'Pithy and provoking, spiced with the personal' Hilary Mantel Lynsey Hanley grew up part of the 'respectable working class'. At university, she discovered that social mobility is not all it seems. This book is about what it means to cross class divides, what we leave behind in order to get on, and how class affects all of us today. 'There is fury contained within the pages and between the lines of Respectable ...intelligent and important' Colin Grant, Guardian 'Honest, brave and moving' Kate Pickett, co-author of The Spirit Level 'Lynsey Hanley is such a crucial voice. When she writes about class, she is writing about lived experience' Owen Jones, New Statesman 'Hanley vividly describes the "risky, lonely journey" she undertook from one class to another ...She is tremendous at detailing her personal transition' Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
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Featuring gorgeous artwork from Enid Blyton's illustrator Dorothy M. Wheeler this book of classic nursery rhymes is the perfect gift. Original artwork from 1916 illustrates nursery favourites including Little Jack Horner, Jack and Jill and Humpty Dumpty. This stunning hardback is a must-have for Christmas.
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How do you approach an essay or discussion question? How do you review what claims others have made and offer counter-claims? And how do you weigh up the strengths and weaknesses of your own argument before putting together a persuasive conclusion? This accessible book takes you step by step through the art of argument, from thinking about what to write and how you might write it, to how you may strengthen your claims, and how to come to a strong conclusion. Engagingly written and featuring useful summaries at the end of each chapter, this new book offers easily transferable practical advice on assessing the arguments of others and putting forward effective arguments of your own. The book's strength lies in its clear guidance and the use of real-life arguments - both contemporary and historical - and real-life essay questions from a variety of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. These interesting, relevant, and often entertaining, examples are used not to illustrate, but to make essential points about what can be learnt, what techniques can be borrowed, and what pitfalls to avoid in the area of analytical thinking and writing. The Oxford Guide to Effective Argument and Critical Thinking is sure to improve the written work of any student required to demonstrate the key skills of critical writing and thinking. It is equally as valuable for professionals needing these skills (e.g. journalists, lawyers, researchers, politicians) as well as for anyone who has a case to put forward and would like to do so convincingly.
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All trainee teachers in England and Wales have to sit numeracy and literacy skills tests in order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which permits them to continue or start teaching. How to Pass the QTS Numeracy and Literary Skills Tests includes both literacy and numeracy revision and mock tests. The numeracy section starts at a low level and includes a diagnostic test, a maths review, mental and general arithmetic practice, and revision of statistics. It gives the reader a good grounding in the skills needed to pass the test, particularly if maths has always been a weak subject or hasn't been revised in years. The literacy section includes practice material on spelling, punctuation, grammar and comprehension. It highlights the areas where people commonly have problems, and provides easy to follow explanations and practice questions and answers.
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Writing good essays is a vital study skill for all stages of education, from GCSE to degree level. This highly successful and thoroughly practical guide leads you step-by-step through the whole process, including: - How to put your ideas into shape - Making your essay coherent and giving it conviction - How to think straight and argue well - How to write a good introduction and conclusion - Improving your style - Editing and rewriting Now in its 6th edition this book has been thoroughly revised and updated to take account of feedback from teachers and students, including the requirements of online research. Use the techniques and exercises in this book to develop the originality and good writing that examiners look for - and write essays of distinction every time.
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Get ready for the biggest curriculum change in more than a decade! To help teachers to deliver the new Curriculum, Scholastic has published the first complete printed version for Key Stages 1 and 2. Full programmes of study for all 11 primary subjects are included along with practical advice on how to implement the curriculum using Scholastic's time-saving resources - including the 1 million best-selling 100s series.
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Most politicians write autobiographies to 'set the record straight' and provide retrospective justification for their careers. That is not the case with this book. 'It occurred to me that to track down myself would enable me to discuss an issue that had begun to intrigue me, namely the relationship between politics and identity, the things that had shaped me and whether and how they had come to reflect my life and opinions. As I wrote, the question of identity moved from the wings to centre stage, and roiled politics and nations on both sides of the Atlantic.' 'Who am I? Who are we?' Chris Patten's career has taken him from the outer London suburbs to the House of Commons, a seat in the Cabinet, last Governor of Hong Kong, Chairman of the BBC and Chancellor of Oxford University. About all of these he is enlightening and entertaining. He has unexpected and telling things to say about each of the three Prime Ministers for whom he worked - Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher and John Major. But his political heroes - Baldwin, Macmillan, Butler - came from an earlier time: he is proud to be 'wet', and reckons all his paladins were pretty damp themselves. But more, Patten uses each phase of his life as a spur to reflect upon its contemporary situation - education, America, conservatism, Ireland, China, Europe and finally the question of links between violence and religion. Unlike one No.10 press secretary, Patten definitely 'does God'. At the end, the reader has an impression of someone who knows himself as well as any of us can, and who continues to think, passionately and intelligently, about the world around him. Wise, funny and opinionated, First Confession is a different sort of memoir, a meditation on personal and political identity which, in an age of simplification, reminds us of the complexities of both.
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Graduates of Harvard Business School run many of the world's biggest and most influential banks, companies and countries. But what kind of person does it take to succeed at HBS? And what do they learn there? Philip Delves Broughton's enlightening and hilarious memoir of his two years at Harvard takes us from first class to graduation, encompassing the case studies, the guest lectures, the Apprentice-style tasks, the booze-luge, the burn-outs and high flyers, as well as all the advice, wisdom and folly he found in this 'factory for unhappy people'. If you've always wanted to know how to get to the top, but wondered what it takes and exactly what it costs, this book will tell you.
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This Sudoku puzzle book is designed to provide bite-sized vocabulary puzzles that can be completed in minutes, and is perfect for busy individuals who have no time for long tutorials. The brand-new series combines the simple but addictive game of Sudoku with learning French in a collection of innovative word puzzles. This book contains over 60 original puzzles carefully crafted to teach foreign language vocabulary. Three levels of puzzles are organized by themes and teach more than 300 useful words for travellers and students.
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An informative, practical and authoritative guide that makes the argument for undertaking outdoor and adventurous learning - and offers advice for how to organise trips to enable students and teachers to get the most from them. Inspiring enthusiasm for real learning and growing, it provides opportunities for children, young people and their teachers to seek memorable experiences and develop life-long interests.
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Master the 2014 Curriculum with Scholastic's 100 Lessons. The new National Curriculum has landed ...and Scholastic's acclaimed 100 Lessons series is back to help your school prepare. Trusted by teachers for 15 years and selling more than one million copies, 100 Lessons has now been completely rewritten and is fully in line with the 2014 objectives. Our new 100 Lessons and Planning Guides will make planning and teaching the new requirements simple and stress-free. * Understand the new requirements and plan with confidence for all six years * Long- and medium-term planning and progression, ideal for subject coordinators * Get a clear overview with simple week-by-week breakdowns on how to create units of work * Includes a FREE A2 poster that gives an overview of progression and a CD-ROM full of editable planning grids * View sample resources at www.scholastic.co.uk/100lessons Praise for Scholastic's 100 Lessons: "With a radically different curriculum just around the corner, I was looking for something that would help ease the burden of increased paperwork. These books answer my prayers! Having access to long and medium term plans, as well as clear advice concerning progression and key concepts has already helped me to plan ahead. The inclusion of digital content that can easily be personalised is a real bonus, and completely welcome. Thank you, Scholastic for a fantastic resource." Steven Gibson, Hyde Park Junior School, Plymouth
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TIPS AND IDEAS from freshers week to final exams. Whether your passion is society life, drinking shots or studying, your university experience will hold both new adventures and fresh challenges. This guide is packed with tips to help you survive and thrive at uni, from pulling an all-nighter in the library to an all-nighter at the club.
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No teacher intends to teach creativity out of their pupils; no teacher seeks to rid children of their imagination. But the constant need to demonstrate academic progress has created a learning environment non-conducive to creative thinking and creative behaviour. By focusing on key features of the learning environment, this book will help teachers to preserve children's innate creative capacities at the same time as maintaining academic standards in the classroom; it's not either/or, it's and. Practical ideas and activities are offered throughout, as well as references to the Government's Teachers' Standards. Teaching for Creativity is the second book in the Invisible INK series, in partnership with INK Education, that aims to shed light on the 'Invisible Curriculum' and the secret ingredients that really unlock a child's learning potential. Andrew Hammond is an educational consultant, trainer, conference speaker, former headteacher and author of more than 30 educational titles for major publishers.
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Meet the man who makes the mission of learning any language possible! Language hacker Benny Lewis shows how anyone anywhere can learn any language without leaving their home, using a simple toolkit and by harnessing the power of the Internet. Benny definitely wasn't born with the 'language gene'. After graduating in electronic engineering in his native Ireland he spent six months in Spain struggling to learn Spanish. This frustrating experience fuelled his determination to take a different approach to learning foreign languages. Today he speaks over ten languages including Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, French, German, Portuguese, and Hungarian. At present, he's learning Japanese in Spain. This typifies one of his '3-month challenges' where he targets a new language and proceeds to become fluent in it within just three months. He charts his progress on his blog, proving that his techniques allow anyone to learn a language from anywhere. Benny's blog, also called Fluent in 3 Months, is the largest language learning blog in the world. The key principles of Benny's method: * Speak from day one: find mother-tongue speaking partners online. Don't be self-conscious - keep the flow going! * Change your mindset: ditch the excuses, you can do it! * Stay focused and determined: even if you don't have much time, never forget the goal you've set yourself and work at it. * Learning a language doesn't need to be expensive: there is a wealth of free resources out there, if you know where to find them * Reap the rewards! Learning a new language is not an end in itself, but a means to meeting new people and discovering new cultures. Curiosity will fuel your determination.
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A bestseller in hardback, this critically acclaimed collection of short essays and reflections on poetry is now available in paperback. llustrating Maxwell's poetic philosophy with examples from canonical poets, this is a beautiful, accessible guide to the most ancient and sublime of the realms of literature.
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'A sublime piece of literary detective work that shows us once and for all how to be precisely the sort of reader that Austen deserves.' Caroline Criado-Perez, Guardian Almost everything we think we know about Jane Austen is wrong. Her novels don't confine themselves to grand houses and they were not written just for readers' enjoyment. She writes about serious subjects and her books are deeply subversive. We just don't read her properly - we haven't been reading her properly for 200 years. Jane Austen, The Secret Radical puts that right. In her first, brilliantly original book, Austen expert Helena Kelly introduces the reader to a passionate woman living in an age of revolution; to a writer who used what was regarded as the lightest of literary genres, the novel, to grapple with the weightiest of subjects - feminism, slavery, abuse, the treatment of the poor, the power of the Church, even evolution - at a time, and in a place, when to write about such things directly was seen as akin to treason. Uncovering a radical, spirited and political engaged Austen, Jane Austen, The Secret Radical will encourage you to read Jane, all over again.
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