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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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Telling the time

Thanks to Deputy Head, Nick Hart, for the latest maths blog where he looks into learning how to tell the time and the crucual bits of knowledge children need to know from the beginning!

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Maths and Art - making connections

Last month we considered how to plan mathematical activities with a geography flavour. In this blog we will explore mathematical links with art. All art is mathematical so making up activities that enable the children to use and apply the skills and understanding they have achieved in their mathematics lessons is quite straightforward.

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The Year Ahead

Thank you to Michael Tidd for the following article. 

And so...the end is near!

There’s something rather marvellous about the cycle of the academic year. For a start, there’s the joy of a six-week change in routine. I won’t argue that it’s six weeks off, but it’s certainly a different pace of life once the summer break rolls around.

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Share your highlights and be in for a chance to win FREE ‘I can’ Statements

It’s competition time! We’re asking teachers across the country to share their top highlights from the past year. From creative classroom displays and memorable assemblies to dramatic school plays and active sports days – we want to hear from you! 

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