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Home Learning

We’ve picked out some great home education resources for children so that parents and carers can encourage them to continue their learning in a fun and enjoyable way.

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  • Why do spiders make webs? Where do clouds come from? And how many leaves does a tree have? Inquisitive young children can discover the answers to these questions and many more in this beautifully illustrated information book, containing over 60 flaps to lift. A fascinating introduction to the natural world. Great for Ages 5-10 / ISBN 9781474928908
  • "Every person has their own thoughts in their head,and their own feelings in their heart. Every single person is different. And only they know how to be them." Only a Tree knows how to be a tree! But trees are just the start - everything and everyone is different and special. Birds, dogs, fishes, people - and our Earth itself - all have their own unique place in our world. And only you know how to be you. With a sure touch, this book shows every child its place in the world, and how everyone and everything is both part of the whole and special in itself. ISBNGreat for Ages 0-6 9781910959251
  • Everything in the Universe is made up of just 118 chemical elements, all of which are listed in the Periodic Table. Lift the flaps in this informative book and discover which elements are crucial to life, which are smelly, explosive or radioactive and lots more. An essential introduction to the building blocks of chemistry, with over 125 flaps. ISBN 9781474922661
  • Join Trinity's Professor Luke O'Neill on the greatest journey of them all. From the very big to the very small - vast galaxies to microscopic atoms - travel through the wonders of the universe, the mysteries of the human body, and the tiny world of molecules. Discover the Irish scientists that have helped to shape our world and find out how to become one yourself. How do we measure the universe? Why do we need plants? How do our bodies repair themselves when we are ill? What species will exist on earth in a million years' time? Discover the answers to these questions and a lot more in this thrilling and engrossing large-format hardback book packed with fascinating phenomena, vibrant illustrations, experiments you can do yourself, and heaps of fun facts. ISBN 9780717185580 Great for Ages 7-12
  • From rockets to robots, monkeys to monsters and lots more, find out how to draw everything you've ever wanted to by following the simple step-by-step instructions in this inspirational draw-in book. An easy-to-follow, step-by-step drawing book that helps children master the simple drawing skills required to render a range of animals, people and objects. It comes with plenty of space for doing their own drawings. ISBN 9781409565192
  • Brain Games for Clever Kids is a fantastic bestselling puzzle book, brimming with memory, word and number workouts for the cleverest of kids!Including battleships and mind-bending spot the differences to Japanese puzzles including hanjie, kakuro, futoshiki, sudoku and lots more. Let the brain games begin! Great for Kids Aged 7-12 / ISBN 9781780552491
  • This breathtakingly exciting new book introduces you to Ireland's flora and fauna with every changing season. Discover the magic of nature right on your doorstep, from the back garden to the local park and the countryside. Even the smallest garden is a vast canvas of nature with its worms, insects, flowers and birds. Listen to the blackbird's song, spot an madra rua in your local town, discover why the ash tree is good for making hurlies, count a snail's 27,000 teeth, watch stags fight and spot jellyfish at the seaside, laughing as you discover the meaning of their Irish name, smugairle roin! With Naturama you will discover the magic of every Irish season. So put your boots on - it's time to go outside! ISBN 9780717169801
  • This activity book helps children to think like an inventor by introducing key engineering concepts in a highly visual and entertaining way. Through fun activities and Harriet Russell's playful illustrations, it encourages readers to engage with new ideas and think about problems in a creative way. The book explores the six key aspects of engineering that are essential to any successful inventor: problem-finding, designing, making and testing, improving your invention, building techniques and how to find new uses for existing objects. Each spread centres on an open-ended question that introduces a different way of approaching an invention. Activities include making a bridge from toothpicks and mini marshmallows; inventing a way to lift this book without touching it; building a painting robot; designing your own remote control; and harvesting electricity from a banana. At the end of the book is a tinkering lab, which includes paper-based crafts and engineering activities. Great for Ages 7-12 / ISBN 9780500651766
  • Includes free audio CD! From rockets to mermaids and everything in between, there's something for everyone in this diverse and contemporary collection. Perfect for young children aged 4+ who are approaching poetry for the very first time, these poems can be performed out loud, shared with others or simply read in your head. Featuring award-winning poets, brand new voices, hip-hop artists and spoken-word performers, this is a wonderfully fresh, diverse and relevant new anthology that will get children laughing, thinking, sharing and performing! With gorgeous illustrations by Laurie Stansfield, and an accompanying CD that features performances from the poets themselves. ISBN 9780241370704
  • Why is your elbow called your funny bone? How could you escape the grip of a crocodile's jaw? Which animal can breathe through its bottom? And how do these things all link together? This brilliant book will have eyebrows raised and jaws dropping as it uncovers the amazing scientific explanations behind all sorts of questions that can pop into our heads. Can an egg bounce? How can a giraffe's ridiculously long neck contain the same number of bones as a human's? How much does the Internet weigh? Written by science superstar and STEM Ambassador Dr Emily Grossman, this book will answer all science questions you may or may not have wondered about. Each section in the book is linked to the one before it, creating a fantastically interactive structure, where a question answered brings up new curiosities and surprises. This is the perfect book for children who love learning about science or who need an extra nudge when it comes to STEM subjects. After all, who wouldn't want to find out how a hippo can use its own sweat as sunscreen?! ISBN 9781408899175
  • An entertaining and comprehensive telling of diseases, infections, plagues and pandemics for young readers. The Germ Lab features case histories of specific epidemics and pandemics, including coronavirus (COVID-19), 'eyewitness' accounts from the rats, flies, ticks and creepy-crawlies who spread the most deadly viruses, plus plenty of fascinating facts and figures on the biggest and worst afflictions. Discover how bacteria and bad beasties are beaten through the work of genius scientists and the development of vaccinations. Illustrated throughout with brilliantly humorous artworks and fun characters, you'll be entertained by a cabinet war room showing the war on germs, a rogues' gallery highlighting the worst offenders, the very deadliest diseases examined under the microscope, and much more. ISBNGreat for Ages 6-11 9780753445471
  • Iggy Peck and Rosie Revere have earned their places among the most beloved children's characters and have inspired countless kids and adults to follow their passions. Determined Ada Twist, with her boundless curiosity for science and love of the question "Why?," is destined to join these two favourites. Like her classmates Iggy and Rosie, Ada has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? She embarks on fact-finding missions and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it's up to her to find the source. But, this time, her experiments lead to trouble. ISBN 9781419721373
  • Come and see our vegetable garden!See how we work through the seasons to make the plants and flowers grow. We sow seeds in spring, eat berries in summer and pick the apples in the autumn. Gorgeous colour illustrations show, month by month, how the vegetable garden grows. ISBN 9781912417490
  • Count from 1 to 100 with Alice in this charming non-fiction picture book, with words by Teresa Heapy and pictures by Sue Heap. From the bestselling team behind the Very Little series, this is a witty counting book for children learning numeracy. Big sister Alice is brilliant at counting - one day, she decides to show her baby brother how it's done. She starts simply enough: the Baby has one giant teddy, two floppy bunnies and three shaky rattles. Soon Alice has counted all the way up to 100 toys - and the Baby is very impressed. After 100, however, things get a little trickier. How many snowflakes are there in a snowstorm? Or stars in the sky? With a charming twist at the end, Teresa Heapy's gentle story is the perfect match for Sue Heap's bright, child-friendly pictures. Great for Ages 1-5 ISBN 9781406385649
  • A large-format illustrated encyclopedia of Greek mythology like no other, Mythologica features startlingly beautiful and exquisitely otherworldly portraits of mythological characters in eye-popping colour from artist Victoria Topping and authoritative text from Classics scholar and Greek mythology expert Dr Stephen Kershaw. Uncover the colourful lives of 50 powerful gods and goddesses, earth-dwelling mortals and terrifying monsters as you journey back in time to ancient Greece. From the fearless Athena and her meddlesome ways to the brave and bold Odysseus and his remarkable journey home, discover why these incredible stories are still a part of our culture today. Listed alphabetically, each boldly designed spread presents a figure from the myths, including their name in Greek, their defining attributes and a summary of their story, along with multiple sidelights that provide additional facts. The thrilling images and digestible text provide the perfect introduction to the lively world of Greek mythology and a beautiful display reference for the whole family. Prepare to be amazed as you uncover the epic, heroic and sometimes terrible lives of mortals, monsters and gods. ISBN 9781786031921 Great for Ages 7-12
  • An engaging problem solving and reasoning workbook to help boost your child's progress at every A sensitive, detailed and informative guide to female puberty, this book will prove invaluable for both young girls and their parents alike, tackling key subjects from the physical changes that occur at this time to practical matters, such as buying your first bra. Bright, original colour illustrations and diagrams reveal everything young girls need to know about the changes they will experience as they approach puberty. The stunning artwork is accompanied by witty, yet clear and informative factual text that helps to demystify this often confusing and tricky subject. Approved by a team of top-notch consultants, this remarkable and reassuring book is entertaining, approachable and authoritative. Great for Kids Aged 7-15. ISBN 9780746069950
  • A fabulous, sticker-romp through the world of dinosaurs, with a surprising amount of information. Includes hundreds of bright, colourful stickers to fill lots of prehistoric scenes. Perfect for practising essential skills including manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination. ISBN 9781409549901 Great for Ages 3-7
  • From the mighty brachiosaurus to the fearsome tyrannosaurus, children will love discovering the biggest and most powerful dinosaurs that ever walked the Earth (and some of the smallest too). Open the huge fold-out pages to show some of the longest, heaviest and most terrifying dinosaurs with measurements and facts about when they lived. ISBN 9781474927475
  • What makes bees dance? How do bugs find their way at night? Which tiny bugs can build nests taller than a person? Lift the flaps to find out in this fascinating introduction to the world of insects. With Usborne Quicklinks to specially selected websites to watch a caterpillar turn into a butterfly, see a firefly, listen to a cricket and lots more. ISBN 9781474952903
  • A large-format, full-colour hardback information book on the animals of Ireland. Animals from the air, land and sea are introduced to the reader by Dr Hibernica, an Irish professor who travels the country and knows everything there is to know about Irish wildlife. The spreads are presented in the style of her notebook and field notes, with jokes and sketches throughout. Light-hearted prose by debut author Rob Maguire and exquisite zoologically correct illustrations by Polish-Irish illustrator Aga Grandowicz. This beautiful animals book will be treasured by families, schools and libraries and will appeal to boys and girls. ISBN 9781910411940
  • This fabulous compilation of four of Dr. Seuss's most wacky tales, packed with colourful zany pictures, rollicking rhyme and off-the-wall humour, is guaranteed to make reading fun! `Hop on Pop' introduces readers to a range of simple rhyming words, all used in short, funny sentences. The nonsense escalates in `Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!' as the reluctant Marvin is driven to bed by whatever means he can muster, be it on stilts, by mail, or even on lion's tail. `Oh, the Thinks you can Think!' encourages readers to explore the fantasy world of their own imagination, offering surreal combinations of things to think up. Finally, `I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!', featuring the famous Cat in the Hat, offers even more fun to be had by reading with Dr. Seuss! Great for Ages 3-6 ISBN 9780007192076
  • From the creators of the bestselling Brain Games for Clever Kids, this book is packed full of wordsearch puzzles to complete. This book is perfect for bright young wordsearch enthusiasts and is sure to keep kids engaged and entertained. Clever Kids can give their brains a workout as there's plenty of content to test their word power. Great for Ages 7-12 / ISBN 9781780556192
  • This colourful activity book is a great way for children to learn how to write lots of simple three- letter words. Each page has a different theme with accompanying words, including a fancy-dress party, a building site, at the beach and lots more. The pages are wipe-clean for endless practice and ideal for developing pen control. ISBN 9781474968393
  • The story of Greta Thunberg, the schoolgirl who inspired a worldwide climate change movement. It's 20 August 2018, late summer in Stockholm, and it feels incredibly hot in the city. The TV news reports rising temperatures, and there have been numerous fires throughout Sweden. Fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg decides she can't wait any longer: politicians have to do something to save the environment. Instead of returning to school, Greta takes a placard and goes on strike in front of Sweden's parliament building. Greta's protest began the Fridays for Future - or School Strike 4 Climate - movement, which millions have now joined around the world. Greta has spoken at COP24, the UN summit on climate change, and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. This is her story, but also that of many other girls and boys around the world willing to fight against the indifference of the powerful for a better future. ISBN 9781471190650 Great for Ages 7-12
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