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Your Year 1 Arithmetic Worksheet from Assessment Bank

Last week, we launched our summer Assessment Bank giveaway with a FREE Year 5 Spelling Test. This week, we're giving you a Year 1 Arithmetic worksheet!

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Website downtime

Our website will be offline from the evening of Tuesday 30th May until lunchtime on Wednesday 31st May (SGT) for essential maintenance.

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Fractions: establishing firm foundations for progress

Thanks to mathematics consultant, trainer and author, Caroline Clissold, for this article on fractions and ensuring the basic concepts are understood from an early age to establish firm foundations for progress. If you are interested in hearing more on this topic, please register for a free webinar on 14th June where Caroline will go into more detail and will be able to answer questions. Sign up here.

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Reaction to SATs week

With the National Tests out of the way for another year we asked Deputy Head Michael Tidd and Assessment Consultant Shareen Mayers for their initial reaction to the 2017 papers.

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We're giving away free tests every week!

To show you just how valuable Assessment Bank is, we're giving away FREE tests every week for 6 weeks!

This week's FREE test - Year 5 Spelling test resource

Many schools have told us that the spelling paper in the SATs was particularly challenging, so this week we're giving you a Year 5 Spelling Test, written specifically for the new curriculum to help you identify gaps in children's learning and prepare for the demand of the national tests. 

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Our exciting new partnership with Educater

We are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Educater to incorperate Rising Stars Progression Frameworks into their STATonline primary assessment tool!

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Embedding Writing Skills in History

Stuart Tiffany and Bev Forrest discuss how to build on core writing skills and encourage reluctant writers with imaginative and engaging history lessons.

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Grasping grammar terminology ahead of the national tests

We’ve extracted the used terminology from 2016’s test papers from our Implications for Teaching: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling report to help you identify the correct grammar terminology your children should be learning and identifying in the tests.
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Maths: the big ideas

The beauty of maths lies in the interconnectedness of ideas and concepts yet this concept of relationships is often lacking in children who struggle with maths.  Mike Askew, Professor of Education at Monash University, Melbourne, has written about what he calls the big ideas of maths.  These help connect different areas of mathematical understanding, yet are small enough to understand in their own right.  

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Preparing reception children for the Year 1 programme of study for mathematics

Thanks to Caroline Clissold for this guest blog post that focuses on the youngest children at school, exploring ways to use a mastery approach to support them on their learning journey and prepare them for the demands of the Years 1 programme of study. Caroline is a primary mathematics consultant and author of Rising Stars Mathematics.

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