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Our website will be offline between 9am - 11am on Sunday 25th June for an essential security update.

We appreciate your patience while we carry out this work, and apologise for any inconvenience.

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Your Year 5 Reasoning Test from Assessment Bank

It's the penultimate week of our Assessment Bank summer giveaway, and this week we're sharing a FREE Year 5 Reasoning Test.Rising Stars Assessment Bank

Download your FREE Year 5 Reasoning Test here.

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Curiosity, creativity and conversation – maximising the impact of object learning in your classroom

Bev Forrest and Stuart Tiffany discuss the importance of using objects in engaging, hands-on history lessons. 

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Summer Assessment Bank Test Giveaway - Year 4 Grammar

It's week four of our Assessment Bank summer giveaway, and this week we're sharing a FREE Year 4 Grammar Homework Sheet, which could also be used as a quick in-class test.

Download your FREE Year 4 Grammar Homework Sheet here. Read more »

Teaching Ratio

Thanks to Nick Hart, Head Teacher at Chalfont Valley E-ACT Primary Academy, for this blog post on teaching ratio!

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Join us for a FREE Assessment Bank webinar and find out just how much time you could save!

Assessment Bank is a really simple test builder which includes thousands of questions written specifically for the new curriculum.

Come along to our FREE Assessment Bank webinar on 21st June and find out how you could save hours of time creating tests, quizzes and lesson starters to support day-to-day formative assessment.

When? 
Wednesday 21st June at 16.00-16.20 (BST), plus plenty of time to ask questions.

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Ofsted Mythbusting

As part of Rising Stars relationship with Ofsted we’ll be running a live twitter chat with Joanna Hall, Deputy Director of Schools for Ofsted @JoannaHallHMI on 14 June from 8-9pm. Have your chance to ask the questions you’d like to know from Ofsted and find out what they’re really looking for.We’ll be chatting using the hashtag #rslivechat.

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Using trinkets in phonics teaching

Abigail Steel, EYFS teacher and educational consultant, looks at how we can use trinkets to enhance phonics teaching, adding a sensory, kinesthetic dimension to lessons.

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Your Year 2 Science Test from Assessment Bank

It's week three of our Assessment Bank summer giveaway, and this week we're sharing a FREE Year 2 Science Test. 

Download your FREE Year 2 Science Test here.

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Live Twitter Chat with Ofsted

Join us for a live Twitter chat with Ofsted – 14th June 8-9pm online with @risingstarsedu

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