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A brilliant report

This evening was Parent’s Evening and I was actually quite excited to hear how the 4 year old has been getting on in Reception. It’s almost impossible to get any kind of feedback on how he’s settled in apart from what he tells me, and the only thing I ever hear is how good school lunches are.

Before I went to see his teacher I was able to look through his Topic, Literacy and Mathematics Books. I took some photos of a couple of pages as I loved to see what he’s been up to. He had written about a special time (at Grandad’s), why he was special (I can ride my bike) and what he wanted to be ( an artist).

IMG_7101He is getting on really well and it was a lovely opportunity to hear what he likes to do and play, who he plays with and what he needs to concentrate on.

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Baby it’s cold

The weather has finally turned and we seem to be experiencing Autumnal weather. Today I dressed Little Sis up in tights, a hat and coat for the school run.

IMG_7012 Her brother was happy to be wearing his winter coat too, no more shorts for school.



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Read with Biff, Chip & Kipper app

Now my 4 year old has settled into Reception he’s bringing home reading books, sound book and reading records so I’ve been on the look out for ways to help reinforce his learning at home. Luckily for him  the ‘Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper’ books have recently been launched as a range of interactive reading apps.

read with biff

Created in association with Oxford University Press and starring the much loved characters from Oxford Reading Tree, the ‘Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper’ range features six levels of reading and phonics books, complementing the learning children are undertaking at school and giving parents the opportunity to support their child’s reading at home.


There are a total of 48 books across six levels, with each level containing four reading books and four phonics books. The digital books are true to the traditional books from the range and give children the opportunity to learn to read in a thoroughly modern way. My 4 year old loves this app and recognised the characters straight away as he started reading these books at Nursery.

The app is easy to navigate and although we’ve used it together he can also use it on his own as the books can be read by him (when he’s able), read to him or can be played on autoplay. The books have some tips for reading together and I find the tips really helpful.


  • Read with your child or listen as they read to you
  • Auto Play feature allows children to enjoy listening to the whole book being read to them
  • Hints and tips in each book for you to use with your child when reading and talking about the story
  • Each book features a list of common words used within
  • Puzzles and activities – each book encourages your child to have fun looking for details throughout the story as well as finishing off with an enjoyable game

Read with Biff

‘Read with Biff, Chip & Kipper: Library’ is currently available as a free app, offering two free books from level 1 when you download the library. In addition, customers can at present download the whole of levels 1-3 for a discounted price of just £3.99 which represents amazing value.

The apps are available for iPhone and iPad from the App Store , Android from Google Play and the Windows Store.

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