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Register for FREE Working Scientifically CPD course

Join Rising Stars and the National Science Learning Centre for a free online science CPD course on Working Scientifically!

We are delighted to invite you to a free online science CPD course hosted by Rising Stars and the National Science Learning Centre. 

This course will explain what working scientifically means in the new curriculum and will provide practical activities to support you in the classroom. All attendees of the complete course will receive a CPD certificate of attendance from the NSLC.

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Teaching additive reasoning

With thanks to Nick Hart, Deputy Headteacher at Penn Wood Primary School in Slough, for this really interesting article on teachng additive reasoning.

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Preparing pupils for the non-fiction text in the KS2 SATs

Non-fiction texts have always been part of both the KS1 and KS2 reading tests. However, as the sample materials and new frameworks have been released we will need to ensure that pupils are taught comprehension skills in line with the content domains. 

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What is the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) approach?

You may have heard ‘the CPA approach’ referenced in the context of mathematics mastery and wondered what it really means. We asked Cherri Moseley, one of our Series Consultants and authors of Rising Stars Mathematics (our brand-new textbook programme) to explain how it works.

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Computer programmers - watch out!

We love to hear how schools are using Switched on Computing in the classroom - many thanks to Ian Rokey for this guest blog post on how he used Units 1.1 and 1.2 in his school.

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MeeMo as a Working Memory Intervention

Ellie Boylan and Sophie Quinn, Assistant Educational Psychologists share their experiences of using MeeMo as a working memory intervention at Our Lady’s and St Edward’s Primary School in Birkenhead. 

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Preparing pupils for the non-fiction text in the KS1 SATs

Non-fiction texts have always been part of both the KS1 and KS2 reading tests. However, as the sample materials and new frameworks have been released what can we do to ensure that pupils are taught comprehension skills in line with the content domains? Maddy Barnes, Deputy Head and English Marker on the Expert Panel at the DFE for the 2016 tests takes a closer look. 

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The Commission’s Assessment without Levels report and interim teacher assessment frameworks now publ

The Commission’s Assessment without Levels report and interim teacher assessment frameworks now published!

Today has been a bumper day in the world of primary school assessment. In addition to the final report from the Commission on Assessment without Levels and the government’s response, we have also seen the release of the interim frameworks for teacher assessment at key stages 1 and 2. Here is a quick summary of what you can find in each report along with links for more information.

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Ark Academy Primaries are Champions schools!

Ark Conway and Ark Bentworth Primary Academies in West London have been using Champions - see how they got on!

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Voyagers ‘creative gold’ for teaching history and geography

Voyagers, our brand new history and geography resource for Key Stages 1 and 2, had a fantastic review in this month's Teach Primary Magazine! 

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