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How Peter Richardson plans to use ‘I can’ Statements in his school

At Rising Stars, we’re always keen to hear feedback from schools using our resources as it helps us to create helpful and engaging tools for the classroom. Peter Richardson, Assistant Head Teacher at Walton-le-Dale Primary, has kindly shared his feedback about the Rising Stars ‘I can’ Statements.

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Telling the time

Thanks to Deputy Head, Nick Hart, for the latest maths blog where he looks into learning how to tell the time and the crucual bits of knowledge children need to know from the beginning!

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Maths and Art - making connections

Last month we considered how to plan mathematical activities with a geography flavour. In this blog we will explore mathematical links with art. All art is mathematical so making up activities that enable the children to use and apply the skills and understanding they have achieved in their mathematics lessons is quite straightforward.

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The Year Ahead

Thank you to Michael Tidd for the following article. 

And so...the end is near!

There’s something rather marvellous about the cycle of the academic year. For a start, there’s the joy of a six-week change in routine. I won’t argue that it’s six weeks off, but it’s certainly a different pace of life once the summer break rolls around.

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Rising Stars and Hodder Education are confirmed sponsors of this year’s ResearchEd 2016!

Hodder Education and Rising Stars are delighted to be sponsoring this year’s ResearchEd 2016 National Conference.

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Share your highlights and be in for a chance to win FREE ‘I can’ Statements

It’s competition time! We’re asking teachers across the country to share their top highlights from the past year. From creative classroom displays and memorable assemblies to dramatic school plays and active sports days – we want to hear from you! 

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Looking back, Looking forward – National Tests 2016

We have collated feedback that has come directly from you to highlight the following areas that children found most challenging in the recent National Tests. Find out whether your experience matches that of colleagues across the country – and also how we may be able to help. Don’t forget to check out the free resources too!

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Read it, write it, understand it - fantastic spelling activities for your classroom

Spelling currently has a higher profile than ever, thanks to the expectations for writing in the new assessments at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, which mean that a child will effectively be penalised for not being able to spell words considered appropriate for their age. 

Guest blogger Nicola Morris shares some fantastic activity ideas to help make spelling fun and engaging for pupils. 

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What can we take away from the KS2 national tests results?

As schools pore over their Key Stage 2 test results, it’s inevitable that the first step will be to look inwardly – to see how Ellie did in maths, or whether Dylan met that 100 mark in reading. But soon enough our attention will be drawn to the wider picture. So what messages are there to take from yesterday’s results?As schools pore over their Key Stage 2 test results, it’s inevitable that the first step will be to look inwardly – to see how Ellie did in maths, or whether Dylan met that 100 mark in reading. But soon enough our attention will be drawn to the wider picture. So what messages are there to take from yesterday’s results?

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Insight into working scientifically

We recently hosted a free CPD event, Insight into Working Scientifically, in partnership with the Sheffield Institute for Education at Sheffield Hallam University. Experienced primary teacher and author of Switched on Science in the Early Years, Jane Winter guided us through what is meant by ‘working scientifically’ and how to create a ‘questioning classroom.’

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