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Meeting individuals needs and coordinating the inclusive teaching of maths

This post from teacher and inspector, John Dabell, addresses inclusive teaching of maths and meeting individual needs.

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Come along to our FREE Assessment Bank webinar

Assessment Bank is a really simple test builder for the new curriculum which includes 1000s of questions for reading, GPS, maths and science for Years 1 to 6.

On 12th October at 4pm (BST), we're running a FREE Assessment Bank webinar to show you just how easy it is to search questions and create tests for your class.

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How to use the bar model to help all children to problem solve

When learning how to write and interpret stories, knowledge of story structure is key. If a reader or writer has a deep knowledge of these basic plots, they’ll be much better equipped to understand and construct their own. One cannot write a great mystery story without a sound knowledge of the structure of a mystery story!

Parallels can be drawn to the subject of maths where there are several basic underlying structures that are based on the idea of the relationship between a whole and its parts. Two or more parts, when combined, make a whole. Basic structures begin with additive reasoning and then progress through to multiplicative reasoning. Once you know the structure, you can solve the problem! Read more »

9 things you need to know about writing assessment at KS1 and KS2

Following the DfE’s response to the assessment consultation this September, we asked  English and assessment adviser Shareen Mayers to share her thoughts on the changes to the teacher assessment framework for writing at key stages 1 and 2.

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Poetry activities for National Poetry Day 2017 - Part 2

Part two of our poetry week activities. This time we're having fun with animal poems and spooky poems!

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Poetry activities for National Poetry Day 2017 - Part 1

Celebrate National Poetry Day on the 28th September with activities perfect for KS1 children.

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How preparing for the SATs is like training for a marathon

Thanks to Cerys Hadwin-Owen, Assessment Publisher for RS Assessment for Hodder Education, for the following article.

On the face of it, training for a marathon and preparing for SATs might seem like completely different experiences. However many assessment experts have recognised the similarities between sport and assessment in the past (including Daisy Christodoulou in her latest book). Here at RS Assessment from Hodder Education, we find it really helpful when explaining to schools and teachers how our wide range of assessment resources work together, and amidst the very valid concerns around over-testing that face both primary and secondary schools in the current climate, we feel it’s an analogy worth sharing.

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Website downtime

Our website will be offline on Sunday 24th September for an essential maintenance update.

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

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Ten oral blending activities

A variety of different activities for the classroom.

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Ten blending activities

These games can be played at most phases if the words are carefully selected.

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