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Get your teeth stuck into Python at Year 6

It’s probably fair to say that in the world of primary programming, Scratch rules – or its way up there at the very least! And why wouldn’t it be? It’s free, it’s a visual coding language, which is great for beginners, but equally you can do some powerful things with it. However, when I saw a new Switched on Computing Year 6 programming unit, involving learning some Python (a text-based coding language), I was excited to get stuck in. 

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How Yew Tree Community School used Achieve 100 for national test success

At Rising Stars we love hearing from schools about how they are putting our resources to work in the classroom. Dawn Saxena, Assistant Head, Maths Leader and Year 6 Leader at Yew Tree Community School, talks about how her school has been using Achieve for national test success!

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Getting the basics right: Counting up!

We are continuing our Getting the basics right theme this term with a series of posts on calculation. This blog post from Nick Hart looks at strategies for counting up, helping children to move from heavily scaffolded jottings to mental calculation. Make sure you look out for Part 2 of this blog post coming in November! Read more »


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Bring English alive for your more able pupils

Rising Stars are delighted to be sponsoring NACE's English for the More Able conference where you will hear keynote speaker Anne Fine discuss how to help your more able fly in English and you can attend a wide range of thought-provoking workshops.

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How St Margaret's Academy are using teaching and assessment resources at KS1

Following the introduction of the 2014 national curriculum, as a school we wanted to ensure we were covering the requirements of the curriculum as well as delivering lessons which were interesting and fun for the children.  

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Getting the basics right: Number bonds

This term, we are focusing on the fundamentals of mathematics and this month, the focus is on number bonds! Read more »

Rangefield children dazzle fans in new kit!

The wonderful children at Rangefield Primary School recently helped us by trying out some questions for our new curriculum assessments. As a thank you, we sponsored their new football kit. 

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Reclaim some ‘you time’ with Rising Stars Assessment Bank

At the start of the new school year you may not feel like time is on your side. However, this year it will be possible for you to spend less time searching for suitable questions for your class and building appropriate assessments. How’s this possible? With the help of Rising Stars Assessment Bank!

Try out Rising Stars Assessment Bank for FREE this September and you could be in with a chance of winning a luxury hamper (worth £100), to help you relax in that time you get back!

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