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Getting the basics right: Number bonds

This term, we are focusing on the fundamentals of mathematics and this month, the focus is on number bonds! Read more »

Rangefield children dazzle fans in new kit!

The wonderful children at Rangefield Primary School recently helped us by trying out some questions for our new curriculum assessments. As a thank you, we sponsored their new football kit. 

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Reclaim some ‘you time’ with Rising Stars Assessment Bank

At the start of the new school year you may not feel like time is on your side. However, this year it will be possible for you to spend less time searching for suitable questions for your class and building appropriate assessments. How’s this possible? With the help of Rising Stars Assessment Bank!

Try out Rising Stars Assessment Bank for FREE this September and you could be in with a chance of winning a luxury hamper (worth £100), to help you relax in that time you get back!

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Launching new Mastering Maths

We are delighted to announce the publication of Mastering Maths - the latest addition to our suite of maths resources for the new curriculum. Read more »

Key stage 2 progress measures: what do schools need to know?

From today, primary schools will be able to log on and check their key stage 2 progress data on the Tables Checking website. This data will show how a school has done in the new progress measures following this summer's key stage 2 national tests.

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Using a high-quality text to teach a range of reading and writing objectives

After the launch of this year’s Great British Bake Off, it seems timely to share David Melling’s latest Hugless Douglas classic, ‘Hugless Douglas and the Great Cake Bake.’ This resource demonstrates how a high quality text can be used to teach a range of NC objectives spanning across both key stages. Many thanks to Maddy Barnes for the fantastic ideas. 

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A place for everything and everything in its place

Place value is very often one of the first units of work for maths in most year groups and is absolutely fundamental to a good understanding of number.  By getting this right and giving children the opportunity for deep conceptual understanding, we can lay solid foundations for the year.

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2016 School Performance Tables - what can we expect?

Thanks to Nick Hart for this helpful summary.

Key stage 2 SATs are over for another year.  Individual children’s results have been known for a couple of months now thanks to NCA Tools and consequently we know the percentages of our cohorts that met the expected standard for year 6.  When the DfE publish the school performance tables in December 2016, we’ll know a little more about how we’ve done.  

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The Rising Stars website will be offline next week!

Next week we will be doing some work on the Rising Stars website as part of some essential maintenance. Unfortunatley this means we will need to take the website offline between the 15th August and the 21st August.
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How Peter Richardson plans to use ‘I can’ Statements in his school

At Rising Stars, we’re always keen to hear feedback from schools using our resources as it helps us to create helpful and engaging tools for the classroom. Peter Richardson, Assistant Head Teacher at Walton-le-Dale Primary, has kindly shared his feedback about the Rising Stars ‘I can’ Statements.

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