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Effective maths intervention using On Track Maths

Maths consultant Eleanor Hick explores how On Track Maths can be used to support effective maths intervention across Key Stages 1 and 2. Read more »

Principles and practices of effective homework

Homework can have quite a negative reputation.  It is often the source of familial tension as parents make sure their little ones have done it, not to mention the effect on workload of teachers. When it is done well, homework can undoubtedly have a positive effect on learning.  The EEF states that effective homework is associated with short, focused tasks which relate directly to what is being taught and is built upon in school.  It also recognises the importance of parental involvement.  With these conditions in mind, here is a set of principles and practices for making homework as effective as possible. Read more »

Switched on Online Safety launch

We're delighted to be launching NEW Switched on Online Safety! Enter the competition to be in with a chance of winning a free key stage pack. Read more »

Computing Assessment Tasks - an invaluable addition to our computing toolkit

Thanks to Dawn Hallybone for the following article.
 
We are all now familiar with the Computing curriculum – terms that were not part of our vocabulary a couple of years ago are now commonplace: coding, digital literacy and online safety are now all an integral part of the computing curriculum and vocabulary across the curriculum.
 
Assessment, however, has taken longer to embed for many. Rising Stars has produced a range of tasks to help teachers with computing assessment in the form of tasks for Years 1 -6. These tasks are designed to give teachers the means of formatively assessing children’s programming and computing skills, as well as understanding of concepts and thinking skills.

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Are we missing a vital ingredient when teaching reading?

Prof. Clare Wood explains what happens when we combine phonics teaching with focussed speech rhythm activities in our everyday teaching. Read more »

International Women's Day 2017

The inspirational women of Rising Stars share how they got to where they are today and which women inspire them! Read more »

"But what is mastery?" Join us for a free webinar.

We were recently asked on Twitter: "I might regret this, but what is mastery?" A valid question that's not easy to answer in 140 characters!

To dispel the myths and get down to nuts and bolts of what mastery is and what it looks like in the classroom, join us for two FREE webinars with experienced maths consultant and trainer, Maria Rundle.

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Reading Planet are thrilled to sponsor Oxford Reading Spree

Here at Rising Stars we are thrilled to be sponsoring Oxford Reading Spree on 1st April this year.
 
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Intervening effectively to support children with mathematical difficulties

This blog post from Eleanor Hick looks at how to intervene effectively to support children with mahematical difficulties, using new resource On Track Maths.
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#WeWillAchieve100 – Read about how other schools are preparing for the 2017 national tests

Have you ever wanted to find out how other schools and teachers are preparing for the national tests? Earlier this month, we ran a Twitter hashtag competition to find out the very best tips and pointers for national test success – the entries were so fabulous that we thought we’d share some of our favourites with you!
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