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  • Philip's Compact Road Atlas

    Product Code: AG1085
    Paperback
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    This Philip's Road Atlas is the perfect size for keeping in your car and has large-scale, clear mapping (3 1/2 miles to 1 inch) to help you find your way to wherever you want to go.

    Covering the nation in detail, it's easy to read and will become an essential when you're planning your next trip away or heading off to somewhere you've never visited before...
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  • Mental Arithmetic Book 4

    TR Goddard

    Product Code: AKUSO
    Paperback
    Mental Arithmetic is a highly differentiated, progressive series of books, proven to raise children's attainment (alone or in conjunction with the I Can Do Teacher's Guide which explains how to use the books as a scheme of work in schools). The series is based on ability (rather than age cohorts) so that books can be matched to the needs of every child (including supporting transition from KS1 to KS2 and KS2 to KS3). The books are also assessment-linked so that children can record their own progress and see their achievement build over time. Each book uses the same method of practising the 4 basic number operations (to keep skills sharp) and challenging children to do more complex one- and two-step problems involving logical thinking and application of knowledge previously introduced. Book 4 includes: 5- and 6-digit numbers, multiples and factors, square numbers and percentages.
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  • Oxford English Mini Dictionary

    Oxford Dictionaries

    Product Code: AGPGP
    Paperback
    A conveniently sized edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, the world's most trusted dictionary.

    It offers the most accurate and up-to-date coverage of essential, everyday vocabulary with over 90,000 words, phrases, and easy-to-understand definitions.
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  • Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Batman's Missions

    Product Code: AMGMP
    Hardback
    Join LEGO Batman on his dangerous missions in this new DK Reader Discover a thrilling new world with the latest 2015 LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes! DK's LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Level 3 Reader features LEGO Batman and many more of DC's best-loved LEGO Super Heroes as they fight to protect the world from cunning villains. Discover how LEGO Batman fights crime in Gotham City and learn all about his super talents, gadgets and vehicles. Meet the villains that LEGO Batman must battle, as well as the allies who help Batman on his most dangerous missions.

    DK Readers have easy-to-read stories with word repetition and pictures to build literacy skills, DK Readers are a multi-level reading programme guaranteed to capture a child's interest while developing reading skills and general knowledge, compatible with the framework for teaching literacy.
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  • Mental Arithmetic 6

    Edmund Spavin

    Product Code: AXAFY
    Paperback
    Mental Arithmetic provides rich and varied practice to develop pupils' essential maths skills and prepare them for all aspects of the Key Stage 2 national tests. It may also be used as preparation for the 11+, and with older students for consolidation and recovery. Tailored to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum for primary mathematics, each book contains 36 one-page tests. Each test is presented in a unique three-part format comprising: questions where use of language is kept to a minimum; questions using number vocabulary; questions focusing on one- and two-step word problems. Structured according to ability rather than age, the series allows children to work at their own pace, building confidence and fluency. Two Entry Tests are available in the Mental Arithmetic Teacher's Guide and on the Schofield & Sims website, enabling teachers, parents and tutors to select the appropriate book for each child. All the books can be used flexibly for individual, paired, group or whole-class maths practice, as well as for homework and one-to-one intervention.Mental Arithmetic 6 extends beyond the Key Stage 2 curriculum, consolidating key topic areas, whilst also introducing more advanced concepts such as profit and loss, using spreadsheets and conducting mathematical investigations. Three Achievement Charts are provided to monitor progress as pupils work through the book, while additional Revision Tests identify any gaps in understanding. A separate accompanying answer book, Mental Arithmetic 6 Answers (ISBN 9780721708102), contains correct answers to all the questions, making marking quick and easy.
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  • Collins Gem English Dictionary and Thesaurus

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: AQQWN
    Paperback 14 years +
    This new edition of the Collins Gem Dictionary and Thesaurus is an indispensable guide to the English language. Part of the Collins Gem range - the world's best-selling mini dictionaries - it provides dictionary definitions and thesaurus synonyms on the same page for incomparable quick and easy reference. Collins Gem Dictionary and Thesaurus provides the most up-to-date words, clear definitions and accessible same-page dictionary and thesaurus texts - all in the handy and portable Gem format. In addition to the wide range of definitions and synonyms, the Gem Dictionary and Thesaurus has a handy and practical supplement on punctuation and spelling rules. With its clear colour layout and matching dictionary and thesaurus entries on the same page, you can be confident that the Collins Gem Dictionary & Thesaurus will help you find all the latest words you need - and fast!
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  • Oxford Mini Thesaurus

    Oxford Dictionaries

    Product Code: AHTPP
    Paperback
    This small thesaurus offers 120,000 synonyms and antonyms in a quick and easy-to-use thesaurus. Synonyms are arranged in order of their closeness in meaning to the entry word, with the closest one given first and printed in bold type to make it easier to find the sense you're looking for. Improve your vocabulary with our Word Links, a feature that provides extra vocabulary related to a selection of key entries. Access our free dictionary service Oxford Dictionaries Online at oxforddictionaries.com.
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  • Roald Dahl: Esio Trot - Ladybird Readers Level 4

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: CDGYK
    Paperback
    Mrs. Silver loves her tortoise, Alfie. Mr. Hoppy loves Mrs. Silver. Will Mr. Hoppy's big idea make him brave enough to tell her? Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills. The eight levels of Readers and Activity Books follow the CEFR framework and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams. Roald Dahl: Esio Trot, a Level 4 Reader, is A2 in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Flyers exams. The longer text is made up of sentences with up to three clauses, more past and future tense structures, modal verbs and a wider variety of conjunctions.
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  • Collins Gem Spanish Dictionary

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: ATPFP
    Paperback 14 years +
    A portable, up-to-the-minute Spanish dictionary. This latest mini edition comes with all the new and current words in Spanish and English plus handy links to Spanish verb tables. Its small, compact size makes it the perfect choice for travellers, students and business people. Features include: * All the latest words in Spanish and English * Links to verb tables * Ideal companion to GCSE Spanish * User-friendly Phrasefinder supplement for travellers, including a handy menu-reader section * Clear, colour layout, useful examples, language and cultural notes * Durable, flexibound cover makes it ideal for travel or for the schoolbag All the latest words reflecting changes in modern lifestyle, plus an easy-to-read colour layout, special treatment of key words such as can, that, ser, de, notes about life in Spanish-speaking countries and warnings on commonly confused words. The Phrasefinder section has been developed to give travellers on business, school and leisure trips all the essential phrases they need. The menu-reader section is a quick guide to the most common words and phrases you will find in Spanish bars and restaurants, ensuring you always get what you expect from a meal out. 40,000 words and phrases, 60,000 translations
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  • Roald Dahl: The Magic Finger - Ladybird Readers Level 4

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: CDGYE
    Paperback
    "I have a Magic Finger. When I get angry . . . things begin to happen!" What will happen when the finger is pointed at the Gregg family? Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills. The eight levels of Readers and Activity Books follow the CEFR framework and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams. Roald Dahl: The Magic Finger, a Level 4 Reader, is A2 in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Flyers exams. The longer text is made up of sentences with up to three clauses, more past and future tense structures, modal verbs and a wider variety of conjunctions.
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  • York Notes for AQA GCSE (9-1) Rapid Revision: Blood Brothers

    Product Code: BYKOP
    Paperback
    This handy little book will boost your revision and have you on track with your text in no time! Inside you will find: Easy-to-read bullet points - revise key content in a flash Key quotations - learn, practise, and remember instantly Model paragraphs - unlock great responses at a glance Quick quizzes and ideas maps - super-charge your revision! Plus: Top model answers - boost your level Lots of practice questions - prepare for success! Whether you are counting down to the exam, or need a bit of extra help studying the text, York Notes Rapid Revision will give you everything you need, in no time at all!
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  • York Notes for AQA GCSE (9-1) Rapid Revision: AQA English Language Paper 2

    Product Code: BYKOB
    Paperback
    Whether you are counting down to the exam, or need a bit of extra help studying the text, York Notes Rapid Revision will give you everything you need, in no time at all! Inside you will find: Easy-to-read bullet points - revise key content in a flash Key quotations - learn, practise, and remember instantly Model paragraphs - unlock great responses at a glance Quick quizzes and ideas maps - super-charge your revision! Plus: Top model answers - boost your level Lots of practice questions - prepare for success!
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  • LEGO NINJAGO Epic Adventures

    Julia March

    Product Code: BYXFY
    Hardback
    Discover the most exciting adventures of Master Wu, Lloyd Garmadon and the rest of the LEGO (R) NINJAGO (R) heroes. Meet the terrible villains that the heroes have defeated, from the slippery Snake Tribes to the ghoulish Ghost Army. Find out about classic battles from the history of Ninjago City. This exciting chapter book for children learning to read is packed with images of new LEGO NINJAGO sets and minifigures, helping young fans get hooked on reading. Exciting images, simple vocabulary and a fun quiz will engage young readers, helping them to build their confidence in reading. (c)2019 The LEGO Group.
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  • Collins Gem School Dictionary

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: BTZRM
    Paperback 11 years +
    The perfect mini dictionary for all students aged 11+. Updated to include around 20,000 entries, including all the words you need to know for school and exams, still contained in the best-selling Gem format. This handy mini-sized dictionary has been developed with teachers to be the perfect tool for both school work and homework. With over 20,000 clear, concise definitions and extra help with difficult pronunciations, it gives core vocabulary for key curriculum exam subjects, plus thousands of examples of words in use. Developed with teachers, this dictionary is an indispensable tool for any secondary school student aged 11+. Furthermore, this new edition includes a guide to punctuation, spelling and grammar, to support students in class, and during home study. Have confidence - Help with spelling, pronunciation and difficult words Get it right - Clear definitions and core vocabulary for key subjects Get there fast - Clear, colour layout for easy accessibility Get more - Contains more entries than any other school dictionary of this size
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  • Collins Gem School Thesaurus

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: BTZRL
    Paperback 11 years +
    A fantastic mini school thesaurus for ages 11+ in the best-selling Gem format to help you find the right word every time. Written specially to help with school work and homework, this new edition provides thousands of synonyms to increase vocabulary, with examples to show context for every synonym listed. This mini thesaurus includes all the newest words in the English language, plus a useful supplement to provide help with finding the right word. Every entry has a definition, and each alternative word is followed by its own example, helping you decide which word is the most appropriate to use. The perfect companion to the new Collins Gem School Dictionary, and an indispensable tool for any secondary school student aged 11+. Using a thesaurus has never been easier!
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  • The Secret Garden - Ladybird Readers Level 6

    Product Code: CDHVN
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    When Mary's parents die she is sent to live with her uncle. Mary hates it there, until she finds a secret garden . . . Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills. The eight levels of Readers and Activity Books follow the CEFR framework and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams. The Secret Garden, a Level 6 Reader, is A2+ in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Flyers and KET exams. The longer text is made up of sentences with up to four clauses, more complex past and future tense structures, passives and time clauses.
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  • Roald Dahl: The Enormous Crocodile - Ladybird Readers Level 3

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: CDGYF
    Paperback
    In the jungle lives an enormous crocodile with clever ideas. He wants to eat children. Will the animals in the jungle keep the children safe? Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills. The eight levels of Readers and Activity Books follow the CEFR framework and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams. Roald Dahl: The Enormous Crocodile, a Level 3 Reader, is A1+ in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Movers exams. The longer text is made up of sentences with up to three clauses, some expression of future meaning, comparisons, contractions and relative clauses.
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  • Collins Gem German Dictionary

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: ATPFR
    Paperback 14 years +
    A portable, up-to-the-minute German dictionary. This latest mini edition comes with all the new, current words in German and English plus handy links to German verb tables, making it the perfect choice for travellers, students and business people. Features include: * All the latest words in German and English * Links to verb tables * Ideal companion to GCSE German * User-friendly Phrasefinder supplement for travellers, including a handy menu-reader section * Clear, colour layout, useful examples, language and cultural notes * Durable, flexibound cover makes it ideal for travel or for the schoolbag * Durable, flexibound cover makes it ideal for travel or for the schoolbag All the latest words reflecting changes in modern lifestyle, plus an easy-to-read colour layout, special treatment of key words, notes about life in German-speaking countries and warnings on commonly confused words. The Phrasefinder section has been developed to give travellers on business, school and leisure trips all the essential phrases they need. The menu-reader section is a quick guide to the most common words and phrases you will find in German bars and restaurants, ensuring you always get what you expect from a meal out. 40,000 words and phrases, 60,000 translations
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  • Collins Gem English Thesaurus

    Collins Dictionaries

    Product Code: AQQWL
    Paperback 14 years +
    This new edition of Collins Gem Thesaurus is part of the Collins Gem range - the world's best-selling mini dictionaries and thesauruses. This new edition is fully up-to-date, with the newest words to enter the English language, with thousands of synonyms and antonyms. With thousands of alternative words, subject lists and a useful supplement, this colour edition of the Collins Gem English Thesaurus is ideal for everyday use in home, school and office. The handy little thesaurus gives you practical, applied knowledge in your pocket. It contains a wide selection of alternative words and opposites, with the most useful words highlighted for ease of reference. The clear colour layout also makes the content easily accessible. Includes a brand new supplement which tackles questions of style and etiquette thrown up by both traditional and modern forms of communication. From letters to social media updates, it offers guidance and examples. 128,000 synonyms and antonyms
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  • Roald Dahl: The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me - Ladybird Readers Level 3

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: CDGYL
    Paperback
    One day, Billy meets the Giraffe, the Pelican, and the Monkey, who wash windows to buy food. Will Billy help the animals? Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series combines the best of Ladybird content with the structured language progression that will help children develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills. The eight levels of Readers and Activity Books follow the CEFR framework and include language activities that provide preparation for the Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) exams. Roald Dahl: The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me, a Level 3 Reader, is A1+ in the CEFR framework and supports YLE Movers exams. The longer text is made up of sentences with up to three clauses, some expression of future meaning, comparisons, contractions and relative clauses.
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  • Science

    Ian McEwan

    Product Code: CAXVU
    Paperback
    `This is a history of intellectual courage, hard work, occasional inspiration and every conceivable form of human failing. It is also an extended invitation to wonder, to pleasure' How far have we come in our understanding of the world around us? In this eye-opening collection, Ian McEwan looks back at the history of scientific discovery from Darwin to Dawkins as well as exploring, with brilliant originality, what a future with AI and climate change could hold for us. Selected from Solar, Enduring Love, Machines Like Me VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human Also in the Vintage Minis 'Great Ideas' series: Religion by Karen Armstrong Art by Simon Schama
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  • Mr Bean's Guide to London

    Fiona Davis

    Product Code: BVZBU
    Paperback
    Extensive reading is essential for improving fluency and there is a real need in the ELT classroom for contemporary, low-level reading material for younger learners. Mr Bean is popular with children around the world for his eccentric and hilarious behaviour. In Mr Bean's Guide to London Mr Bean and Teddy visit all their favourite London sights, including the London Eye, Madame Tussaud's and Buckingham Palace!
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  • Welsh-English Dictionary, English-Welsh Dictionary

    D. Geraint Lewis

    Product Code: BTHDI
    Paperback
    This compact, presentable and best-selling dictionary is a fully up-to-date, comprehensive and clear compact dictionary that is the ideal reference aid for learners and speakers of Welsh. It contains over 20,000 headwords, and irregular forms of adjectives, verbs and plural nouns are included. In addition, there is an appendix of irregular Welsh verbs. Mae'r geiriadur gwerthiant uchel hwn yn glir, yn gryno, yn gyfoes ac yn gynhwysfawr. Mae'n ddelfrydol ar gyfer dysgwyr a Chymry Cymraeg. Ceir dros 20,000 o benawdau, yn cynnwys ffurfiau afreolaidd ansoddeiriau, berfau ac enwau lluosog ynghyd ag atodiad yn rhedeg y prif ferfau afreolaidd. D. Geraint Lewis is an award-winning author of numerous Welsh dictionaries and books of grammar. He has recently completed a Welsh Children's Thesaurus and is currently working on a collegiate dictionary for the Welsh Joint Education Committee. Other works include collections of Christmas Carols for children and a major volume of Folk songs. Prior to his retirement he was an Assistant Director of Education with responsibility for Cultural Services in the County of Ceredigion. Enillodd D. Geraint Lewis wobr Tir NaN'Og am Geiriadur Gomer i'r Ifanc. Ers hynny y mae wedi cyhoeddi nifer o eiriaduron a llyfrau gramadeg. Mae wedi cyhoeddi Thesawrws Plant yn ddiweddar ac yn gweithio ar eiriadur 6ed dosbarth i Gyd-bwyllgor Addysg Cymru. Ymhlith ei weithiau eraill ceir cyfrolau o garolau Nadolig i blant a chyfrol gynhwysfawr o ganeuon traddodiadol, Can Di Bennill. Cyn ymddeol, bu'n Gyfarwyddwr Addysg Cynorthwyol yn gyfrifol am Wasanaethau Diwylliannol yng Ngheredigion.
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  • Ladybird Grammar Workbook Level 4

    Product Code: BQZWT
    Paperback
    Ladybird Grammar Workbooks help young learners aged 4+ to understand and practice the basics of English grammar. The six levels of the Grammar Activity Books are carefully graded and mapped against the CEFR (pre-A1 to A2+), and help children prepare for Cambridge English: Young Learners exams. Beautifully illustrated and carefully written, the series features structured language progression that will help children develop their reading and writing skills. This Level 4 Grammar Workbook helps to practise using the past continuous tense, the present perfect tense, simple phrasal verbs and more.
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