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Assessing Computing – a 3 step guide

Assessment is huge. We frantically scrabble from one assessment point to the next, hoping and praying that our pupils have made progress. Often asking ourselves how we managed to survive the onslaught of pink and green pens and whether we have given the children enough time to reflect and respond to our marking. We all know that marking and feedback has a massive impact on progress, but often balancing this with the number of other tasks we need to complete is mind-blowing. And here is the bad news – we must assess Computing too.  Please keep reading though...  Guest blogger, Ben Cornford gives us his 3 step guide to assessing computing.

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Mental Maths: Is it still relevant?

We all know by now that the  former mental mathematics test is to be replaced by a 30-minute arithmetic test. Does this mean that we should stop teaching Mental Maths? No! Maths Advisor, Caroline Clissold, explains why.

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Using Wikispaces and Scratch to learn about history

Ben Cornford, ICT & E-Learning Advisor at Thomas A Becket Junior School, West Sussex shares how their pupils have been using different computing programs to help with their history projects.

 
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How to get your children hooked on Shakespeare!

The more time passes, the older Shakespeare gets, and the more ancient and inaccessible his language becomes. So how to engage children and hook them in – especially given the move in education to introduce Shakespeare at a younger age?
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How often do we find a resource that develops teachers as much as children?

How often do we talk, as a profession, about reinventing the wheel? The change of curriculum has probably led to more wheel-inventing across the country than ever before, as teachers up and down the land try to build up a bank of tools to match the new criteria, and replace those that were used in the past.

The thing about reinventing a wheel is that it seems quite straightforward – until you realise that somebody went and designed the tyre to go with it, and a whole new leap is made! And so it is with the new Rising Stars ‘I can’ Statements.

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Quick, Quack Quentin - Teaching (most of) the year 2 curriculum through one book!


Our guest blogger Maddy Barnes shows how you can use Quick, Quack Quentin by Kes Grey and Jim Field to teach (most of) the year 2 curriculum through one book! 
 

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Introducing the Rising Stars Assessment ‘I can’ Statements!

Thousands of schools rely on the Rising Stars Assessment Progression Frameworks to support assessment free from levels, and many have told us that they would value child-friendly versions – so we’ve created them!  Available for Years 1-6 in English and maths, these child-friendly statements enable children to take ownership of their learning by seeing strengths and weaknesses. Teacher guidance, including 'Mastery Questions', is also provided to help teachers make reliable judgements about children’s learning. These flexible statements link directly to our Progression Frameworks, although can be used effectively alongside any assessment system used in your school.  

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History on the Doorstep: Making History Local

Stuart Tiffany and Bev Forrest discuss how schools can bring history to life for many pupils, by exploring history in context to their local area. 
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We are onto a winner with Champions!

We are thrilled to announce that the recently published Champions, a whole-school resource to support outstanding PE teaching, has won the prestigious Whole Curriculum Subject Resource of the Year Award at the Education Resources Awards 2016. The Rising Stars team had a great evening and were delighted to take the stage to receive the award!

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Do Less, But Better: A Mantra for Teaching (and Testing)

We asked Guest blogger Michael Tidd to share his thoughts on how different types of primary assessment inform teaching and learning in his school. 

Head over to the Rising Stars Assessment Community website for the full article. 

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