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Usborne Key Skills to support the National Curriculum

Usborne Key Skills to support the National Curriculum

Usborne Key Skills is a new series of practice and revision books that support and consolidate the English and Maths that children learn on the National Curriculum. The series is organised by age, and the activities in each book will build confidence in understanding the Maths and written English studied by each age group.

Notes for grown-ups explain the concepts that are presented and practised in each activity. Colourful characters illustrate the laminated pages, which can be wiped clean so children can practise the activities again and again.

Look out for many more books in this range coming soon, including practice pads and Key Skills science books.

Usborne Editorial Director Felicity Brooks explains how the Key Skills series supports the Maths and English that children learn at school

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Parent's Pick: Wipe-Clean Times Tables 5-6

Wipe-Clean Times Tables 5-6

"Leo's starting to do early maths in reception at school and this was written in a way he could understand, very cleverly breaking down each times table into lots of fun activities."

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Mice illustration from the Usborne Key Skills series

Fantastic book, can be used again and again. Really helps with learning as there are no fears of making mistakes. Toppsta reader review of Wipe-clean Grammar and Punctuation 5-6
Key Skills zebra

Supporting the National Curriculum

Usborne Key Skills books support the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. 

They explain the concepts and rules of Maths and English and also provide plenty of practice in calculation, reading and writing. In the back of the books there are answers (for maths books), a glossary (for grammar titles), quizzes and a practice page.

Simple explanations for children

Friendly animals explain how concepts work for children.

There are different animals for different age groups: woodland animals for 5-6, jungle animals for 6-7 and wildlife park animals for 7-8.

Friendly jungle animals from Wipe-Clean Spelling 6-7
Friendly jungle animals from Wipe-Clean Spelling 6-7

Usborne Key Skills secret notes

Secret notes for parents

The back of each book has secret notes for grown ups with explanations about each activity and suggestions for further practice with your child.