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Implementing the new computing curriculum

One of the hardest challenges faced by coordinators is getting staff (and pupil) buy-in to new curriculum changes. Guest blogger, Sarah Brown from Wilbraham Primary School in Manchester,  shares some of her experiences regarding implementing the new computing curriculum which will hopefully give you some ideas to use in your approach. 

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A brand new approach to inspiring reluctant readers - New Star Soccer G-Story

This week Hachette UK launched a new and innovative approach to story-telling, helping inspire reluctant readers with the launch of New Star Soccer G-Story: a book and a mobile game.

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Guidance on using textbooks in a mixed-age classroom

Thanks to guest blogger, Caroline Clissold, for her latest blog on using textbooks in a mixed-age classroom. 

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Exciting new literacy development research from Coventry University

We are delighted to announce that we have partnered with Coventry University in the development of our exciting new infant reading programme Rising Stars Reading Planet.  Read more »

Exciting ideas for teaching grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary in the classroom

To help you teach the technical English requirements in a fun and active way, we’ve introduced Skills Builders Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Ideas Bank. Every month, we’re sharing a free activity that you can use in your classroom to help tackle tricky topics.  Read more »

How did you find SATs week?

As SATs week draws to a close, many teachers may be wondering how other schools found the test experience this year – so we asked a handful of teachers to share their thoughts.

Thanks to Claire Lotriet, Michael Tidd, Nick Hart and Peter Richardson for their comments. 
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Introducing Reading Planet!

The exciting new reading programme for Reception and Key Stage 1 Rising Stars Reading Planet launches this month! Read more »

A fresh look at the classroom timeline By Bev Forrest and Stuart Tiffany

Timelines should be an exciting and dynamic feature of the classroom. Are you using timelines to help children with their chronological understanding? Bev Forrest and Stuart Tiffany offer some useful advice about creating exciting timelines to develop childrens' understanding of chronology. Read more »

400 Years of Shakespeare: Your top facts!

To commemorate 400 years of Shakespeare, Rising Stars teamed up with Hachette Children's Group to offer a bumper book bundle brimming with goodies to help teachers introduce the next generation of readers to Shakespeare.   Read more »

Making the most of your PE and Sport Premium Funding

Are you making the most of your PE and Sport Premium Funding? Gill Cameron, a physical education specialist with 16 years of practical teaching experience across both primary and secondary phases tells you all you need to know about using this funding in the latest issue of 'In a Nutshell'. Read more »
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