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We make fun, inclusive books and visual literacy learning materials that empower children of all ages, all abilities and all learning styles. Our tactile, dynamic method allows kids to use their own ingenuity to develop three crucial elements of literacy:

Vocabulary
Reading Comprehension
Visual Literacy

We donate 20p from every book we sell to Booktrust’s newchildren's reading fund booktrust Children’s Reading Fund to support their work with children with additional needs.

Contact us about running a visual literacy workshop in your school!
"I wish I'd had these books when I was a kid!" Lucy Hawking, author of George's space adventure series

“A brilliant way to create a love of books” Lucy Hawking, Author

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Space Diary Apprentices from Hillmead Primary in the UK

How do you help your children form a good relationship with books and reading? How do you prepare them for the modern world? The answer is to engage kids the way kids are engaging with the world: interactively, visually and in a way that empowers them to be part of the creative process. Our mission is to make reading, writing and visual literacy accessible by being:
Inclusive
 Empowering
 Creative
 Fun and Interactive
 Personal
 Accessible

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Tim Peake

Tim Peake to tour UK!

| 4-6 years, 6-8 years, Events, News, Principia Space Diary | No Comments

  Tim Peake is heading off on his post-flight tour of the UK this month, visiting all four UK national capitals along with Leicester, Manchester, Salford and Glasgow. NASA astronaut and crewmate Tim Kopra will join Tim for the visits to Edinburgh, Belfast and London. Tim will be giving presentations at each city, giving his first-hand account about life onboard the ISS and talking about the important science experiments he conducted during his mission. As part of Tim’s Principia mission, the UK Space Agency has invested £3 million in the biggest education and outreach initiative ever undertaken for an ESA…

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Curved House Kids are hiring enthusiastic teachers!

| 4-6 years, 6-8 years, 8+ years, News, Principia Space Diary, Teaching Resources, Visual Literacy, Worksheets | No Comments

Curved House Kids are an energetic educational publisher with a focus on visual literacy and visual methodologies. We aim to make the art of communication achievable for all children, regardless of their skill level or circumstances. We take a democratic approach to learning and visual literacy is our secret weapon! If this sounds like your kind of approach and you’re a practicing teacher in the UK, read on… This year we have run the Principia Space Diary programme in partnership with Lucy Hawking and Queen Mary University of London. This programme has been funded by the UK Space Agency as one of nine educational outreach…

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Where to Watch ESA Astronaut Tim Peake Return to Earth

| 4-6 years, 6-8 years, 8+ years, Blog, Events, Principia Space Diary | No Comments

Watch the Soyuz undocking, re-entry and landing LIVE   When to tune in (BST) Your quick guide to re-entry timeline shown in British Summer Time (GMT+1) 04:00   Farewell and hatch closing. Crew members will then change into their Sokul spacesuits. 06:15    Soyuz capsule undocks from the ISS. 09:15    Deorbit burn to place Soyuz capsule on its re-entry trajectory. 09:49    Soyuz capsule separates from the orbital module and the heat shield peels away layer by layer. 10:00    Parachutes deploy. 10:15     Soft Landing Engines are fired and the Soyuz capsule lands. Post-landing schedule (BST) On landing, the recovery…

Shakespeare

Decoding Shakespeare’s Sonnets

| 8+ years, Blog, Teaching Resources, Visual Literacy, Worksheets | No Comments

Four hundred years ago Shakespeare died in Stratford-upon-Avon. He left behind a legacy of 37 plays, 154 sonnets and two epic narrative poems. Since then, people all around the world have embraced his work, through books, plays, films and creative projects. We even use his phrases in everyday language, feeling ‘faint hearted’ (Henry VI, Part I), ‘dead as a doornail’ (Henry VI, Part II), or ‘fancy free’ (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Shakespeare has given us wonderful insults, like ‘loathsome as a toad’ (Troilus and Cressida), and powerful descriptions of love, like ‘it is an ever-fixed mark, that looks on tempests,…