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02 September 2019
Get ready to celebrate National Poetry Day with a free downloadable poetry resource on this year's theme of 'truth' by Schofield & Sims author and poet Celia Warren.Continue reading...
29 August 2019
Meet the newest members of our growing family of 11+ resources, 11+ Practice Papers, providing realistic exam practice for both the CEM and GL tests.Continue reading...
03 June 2019
At Schofield & Sims, we strongly believe that homework can have enormous benefits at the primary level; it’s all about finding the right kind.Continue reading...
02 June 2019
Joining our popular SATs series this June are the brand-new SATs 10-Minute Tests. These rigorous, yet child-friendly, tests enable short, timed practice of exam-style questions – perfect for squeezing into a busy school day or for independent revision sessions at home.Continue reading...
17 April 2019
Occupational therapist and handwriting specialist Michelle van Rooyen explains the importance of laying secure foundations for each child’s writing.Continue reading...
31 January 2019
Find out about WriteWell, our brand new handwriting programme designed to guide children from their first steps in mark-making to the development of clear, confident and speedy joined handwriting that can be adapted for a range of purposes.Continue reading...
17 January 2019
The world has spun for another year and it is once again time to reveal our shiny new catalogue, packed with exciting resources to support children’s learning.Continue reading...
20 September 2018
Celebrate National Poetry Day with our fantastic A Time to Change Assembly Plan, featuring poems from our A Time To Speak and a Time to Listen poetry anthology.Continue reading...
01 May 2018
This spring sees the publication of Get Set Early Years, a new Reception programme designed to help children master the essential knowledge and skills that will enable them to succeed in Year 1.Continue reading...
18 April 2018
Preparing for 11+ exams can seem like a daunting process. Schofield & Sims Rapid Tests and Progress Papers build confidence by familiarising children with the key 11+ question types, including those featured in the CEM and GL exams.Continue reading...
08 September 2017
Discover poems from the Schofield & Sims A Time to Speak and a Time to Listen poetry anthology that fit with this year's National Poetry Day theme, with suggestions for discussions and poetry writing ideas.Continue reading...
12 July 2017
Learning to tell the time is a complex process that many children need help to grasp. Schofield & Sims Telling the Time breaks this process down into a sequence of manageable ideas that young learners can approach at their own pace.Continue reading...
19 June 2017
Discover a brand new maths programme for Years 1 to 6, providing everything you need to teach the National Curriculum requirements for fractions, decimals and percentages, as well as ratio and proportion, while also following a mastery approach.Continue reading...
20 April 2017
Everyone remembers learning their times tables. Whether you got them straight away or still find yourself reaching for the calculator, here are six practical suggestions for ways that you can help children grasp multiplication and division facts in no time at all.Continue reading...
10 April 2017
The new Times Tables Tests books have been carefully updated to reflect the National Curriculum requirements for maths and to prepare pupils for the government’s proposed multiplication check, due to be introduced in Spring 2019.Continue reading...
20 March 2017
Now fully updated to meet the spelling, punctuation, grammar and vocabulary requirements of the new Key Stage 2 English curriculum, the updated English Skills series also includes a new Introductory Book covering topics from the Key Stage 1 programmes of study.Continue reading...
08 March 2017
Schofield & Sims author Carol Matchett provides six strategies for extending teaching of grammar and punctuation skills across the curriculum.Continue reading...
15 January 2017
This January sees the publication of Schofield & Sims Grammar and Punctuation, a structured scheme for teaching grammar and punctuation while also building on vocabulary, reading and writing skills.Continue reading...
13 January 2017
Discover a dazzling array of new and forthcoming titles in our 2017 catalogue, as well as the story behind this year's stunning cover design.Continue reading...
23 September 2016Continue reading...
10 August 2016Continue reading...
23 May 2016
Schofield & Sims author Michael Janes offers some useful tips on how you can use word origins to help build vocabulary and spelling skills, while also giving children a valuable insight into the different influences that have shaped the English language.Continue reading...
19 May 2016
Last month saw the publication of our long-awaited Complete Primary Dictionary, a five-year labour of love, and one of the first completely new dictionaries of the twenty-first century.Continue reading...
14 March 2016
Ahead of the government's plans to introduce a times tables check for 11 year olds, Schofield & Sims is pleased to announce the publication of Times Tables Practice, a brand new two-book series designed to help children learn their times tables up to 12x12.Continue reading...
04 March 2016
Hot on the heels of revised Mental Arithmetic comes a new edition of First Mental Arithmetic, fully updated for the new Key Stage 1 maths curriculum.Continue reading...
25 February 2016
Schofield & Sims is pleased to announce the publication of new editions of our popular Revision Guides and Practice Papers – just in time for pupils preparing to sit the new national tests in May.Continue reading...
08 February 2016
One to One Maths is an innovative peer-mentoring programme which works jointly with prisons and educational staff to encourage and empower prisoners with good numeracy skills to mentor prisoners who lack basic numerical ability.Continue reading...
27 January 2016
Schofield & Sims is delighted to announce the publication of a new edition of bestselling Mental Arithmetic, now fully updated to meet the requirements of the new curriculum.Continue reading...
11 January 2016
This year’s catalogue features a wide range of new and revised titles to help teachers, parents and tutors get to grips with the new curriculum.Continue reading...
06 August 2015
Five practical ways to help ensure that your child isn't affected by 'summer learning loss', as featured in our guest blog post for At Home magazine.Continue reading...
23 July 2015
To celebrate National Poetry Day, Schofield & Sims author and poet Celia Warren has created a free assembly plan for schools to adapt and enjoy, on behalf of Forward Arts Foundation.Continue reading...
21 July 2015
Promote strong links between school and home with Schofield & Sims’ new A5 school diary, combining the best features of a homework diary and reading record in one.Continue reading...
10 July 2015
Key features of the revised reading records include more space for adults’ comments, book review templates and phonics, spelling and vocabulary checklists linked to the new programmes of study for English.Continue reading...
30 April 2015
Guest blogger Alex Charalambous highlights the importance of handwriting skills, even in today's technology dominated world.Continue reading...
25 March 2015
Schofield & Sims is pleased to announce a new partnership with Springboard for Children, a charity providing one-to-one, multi-sensory literacy teaching for children and young people who are struggling to learn to read, write, speak and listen.Continue reading...
11 February 2015
Literacy expert Alexandra Charalambous from charity Springboard for Children offers a useful introduction for parents into the world of phonics.Continue reading...
22 January 2015Continue reading...
13 January 2015
Following the introduction of the new primary curriculum in September last year, Schofield & Sims has published brand new editions of its bestselling Understanding Maths, English and Science study books.Continue reading...
11 November 2014
Top marks for Schofield & Sims Written Calculation in a new review by John Dabell for Teach Primary magazine.Continue reading...
02 October 2014
To celebrate National Poetry Day Schofield & Sims has contributed to a free collaborative resource on behalf of Forward Arts Foundation on this year's National Poetry Day theme of 'Remember'.Continue reading...
23 September 2014
National Poetry Day is a nationwide annual celebration of poetry held on the first Thursday in October. This year’s event takes place on Thursday 2nd October, and to mark the occasion Schofield & Sims author and poet Celia Warren has written a free downloadable poetry resource for schools on this year’s theme of 'Remember'.Continue reading...
08 September 2014
To help teachers and parents get to grips with the calculation requirements of the new National Curriculum, Schofield & Sims is pleased to announce the publication of Written Calculation, a unique new maths series providing graded practice in the aspects of written calculation that pupils need to master by the end of Key Stage 2.Continue reading...
01 September 2014
Schofield & Sims author and independent tutor Sian Goodspeed highlights some of the key considerations to think about when searching for a private tutor for your child.Continue reading...
29 August 2014
Schofield & Sims is delighted to announce the publication of Rapid Reasoning Tests, a new 12-book reasoning series to help children prepare for the 11+ and other school selection tests.Continue reading...
12 June 2014Continue reading...
29 May 2014
Schofield & Sims author Carol Matchett looks at some of the different ways to help raise spelling awareness in your school.Continue reading...
02 April 2014
Schofield & Sims author Celia Warren explains why children should learn poetry by heart.Continue reading...
25 March 2014Continue reading...
18 March 2014Continue reading...
04 March 2014
World Book Day is just around the corner and to mark the occasion, we’re giving away 10 free sets of our Daisy Lane Home-School Readers.Continue reading...
03 March 2014
To celebrate Pancake Day we've put together a free Making Pancakes reading comprehension activity, complete with answers and teacher’s notes, for you to download and use at home or school.Continue reading...
28 January 2014
Following the success of the Sound Phonics activity books, Schofield & Sims has added three new books for teachers to the series, turning it into a complete phonics teaching programme for use alongside Letters and Sounds.Continue reading...
13 January 2014
With curriculum change just around the corner, Schofield & Sims has a number of new resources available that fully meet the requirements of the 2014 primary curriculum. Our editorial teams are also hard at work revising popular existing titles to reflect changes in content and the removal of levels.Continue reading...
08 January 2014
With the importance of using dictionaries for checking both the meaning and spelling of words emphasised in the new National Curriculum, the Schofield & Sims dictionaries are now available at a new lower price for school orders.Continue reading...
29 July 2013
Schofield & Sims is delighted to announce the publication of a brand new spelling series for the 2014 National Curriculum. Ideal for both whole-school use and independent learning, Schofield & Sims Spelling is a structured and rigorous programme designed for Key Stages 1 and 2 that helps pupils become accurate and confident spellers.Continue reading...
17 June 2013
Due to an unprecedented level of demand for Schofield & Sims Maths Progress Papers, which were taken out of print in 2000, we are pleased to announce that a revised edition of this series will be available from February 2014.Continue reading...
24 May 2013
To celebrate Children’s Book Week 2013 Schofield & Sims has donated three class-sets of the A Time to Speak and a Time to Listen poetry anthology as prizes in a special book giveaway organised by Provide Education.Continue reading...
02 May 2013
A new review of the A Time to Speak and a Time to Listen poetry anthology and Teacher’s Guide has been featured on the Teach Primary website.Continue reading...
20 March 2013
Our new school poetry anthology A Time to Speak and A Time to Listen and accompanying Teacher’s Guide are now available online, providing teachers with an ideal opportunity to introduce pupils to the richness and variety of poetry.Continue reading...
01 February 2013
Help pupils to revise topics covered by the other seven books in the Understanding English series, keeping their skills sharp and preparing them for the new English grammar, punctuation and spelling national tests at Key Stage 2.Continue reading...
17 January 2013
Maximise the benefits of First Mental Arithmetic and Mental Arithmetic with our new Teacher’s Guides. Full of useful information and practical assessment material, they are the essential resource for both new and experienced users.Continue reading...
27 April 2012
Schofield & Sims is pleased to announce that, in addition to maths, English and science materials, we now also publish resources for reasoning, in the form of two new learning workbooks: Understanding Verbal Reasoning and Understanding Non-verbal Reasoning. Both books provide step-by-step explanations to help pupils get to grips with the reasoning questions that are used in the 11+, 12+, 13+ and other school selection tests.Continue reading...
12 January 2012
Sound Phonics is the Schofield & Sims phonics resource for the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, fully compatible with Letters and Sounds and with any incremental phonics programme. We are now offering all UK schools 50 per cent match funding on the retail price of every Sound Phonics book purchased.Continue reading...
04 January 2012
Two new books from Schofield & Sims will significantly improve children’s handwriting when used regularly. The Handwriting Practice books are compatible with the handwriting schemes most commonly used in schools and encourage children to write neatly, fluently, legibly and fast.Continue reading...
05 May 2011
This huge wall chart is a highly visible and easily legible 84 x 119cm - so the key timeline dates and the sequence of historical events are easy to see, even from the other side of the classroom.Continue reading...
30 March 2011
Supporting the history curriculum from Key Stage 2 onwards, the stunning and highly informative British History Timeline poster helps pupils to understand the sequence of events that have shaped Britain as we know it today. It also helps them to view contemporary events and concerns in a wider perspective.Continue reading...
03 March 2011
For functional English and literacy intervention at Key Stage 3 and beyond, Schofield & Sims has published a separate edition of the English Skills workbooks. Essential English Skills has exactly the same content as the Key Stage 2 series, with more sophisticated covers designed for older students.Continue reading...
01 March 2011
English Skills is a series of six workbooks providing graded questions that develop literacy skills from Key Stage 2 onwards, embedding and securing learning. In a similar format to the bestselling Mental Arithmetic series, English Skills is all set to bring impressive results.Continue reading...
01 March 2011
A downwards extension of Schofield & Sims Mental Arithmetic, First Mental Arithmetic helps children to master basic maths through intensive practice at Key Stage 1 and beyond. The series promotes personalised learning and prepares children for full numeracy.Continue reading...
04 October 2010
For Key Stage 3 maths recovery and a boost in functional maths skills, the Essential Mental Arithmetic series provides differentiated maths questions - approximately 900 per book - that give students the intensive practice they need to achieve numeracy.Continue reading...
27 May 2010
Inspire and motivate young readers with this new and exceptionally stimulating collection of texts - each one accompanied by questions that build comprehension skills and widen vocabulary.Continue reading...
27 May 2010
A new Schofield & Sims record book, My homework diary, promotes a professional and businesslike approach to homework. From the same stable as My reading record, this book improves the school's learning culture and encourages children to take pride in their own work.Continue reading...