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Foundation subject assessment – that perennial problem

If you are anything like us, you are still getting to grips with assessment without levels. The idea of working towards, meeting and exceeding is as easy as 3a, b and c. That’s just for English and maths so what about the other subjects? How can you effectively implement and manage a system that is workable but allows leaders to monitor attainment? There are solutions out there and it is definitely worth remembering that just because a child excels in maths does not mean this is true across the range of subjects studied!

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We’ve been shortlisted for ICT Company of the Year!

Since publishing our first revision guides 14 years ago, Rising Stars has grown to be one of the largest and best-loved primary publishers in the UK, with our resources used in over 14,000 schools. We are delighted to have been shortlisted as a finalist for ICT Company of the Year in the Bett Awards 2017 and thank our partner schools and companies for their support.

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How Tennyson Road Primary are using Rising Stars resources

Tennyson Road Primary is a 3-form entry, ‘Outstanding’ primary school in Luton. They achieved fantastic results in the 2016 national tests with 100% of Year 6 children getting a scaled score of 100 or more. Of their success, Head teacher Hilary Power told us: “How do we get our results? Yes we have fab teachers, but we couldn't do it without fab resources!
 
The school has been using a broad range of Rising Stars resources, spanning across both curriculum and assessment, for over six years. Carla Gotch, Assistant Head teacher, has kindly shared feedback about some of the school’s favourite resources below.  

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Autumnal Reading Activities for Years 1, 2 & 3

As the Autumnal activities begin to take place – carving pumpkins, lightning sparklers and collecting conkers in the park – perhaps we should look towards sharing some high-quality texts with pupils in years 1, 2 and 3.

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Reading Planet Competition Time!

Want to know how you could win 72 banded reading books from our new reading programme for your school?  We have a wonderful twitter competition running for the launch week of Reading Planet running from Monday 31st October to Friday 4th November 2016! 

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Reading Rocks 2016!

On October 1st, Rising Stars were thrilled to sponsor Reading Rocks 2016. A one-day spectacular reading festival for primary school teachers whose aim is to make reading rock for every pupil!

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Planning a successful series of lessons

Thanks to Caroline Clissold for this month's maths blog which explores the methods she uses to plan a series of maths lessons. Read more »

Get your teeth stuck into Python at Year 6

It’s probably fair to say that in the world of primary programming, Scratch rules – or its way up there at the very least! And why wouldn’t it be? It’s free, it’s a visual coding language, which is great for beginners, but equally you can do some powerful things with it. However, when I saw a new Switched on Computing Year 6 programming unit, involving learning some Python (a text-based coding language), I was excited to get stuck in. 

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How Yew Tree Community School used Achieve 100 for national test success

At Rising Stars we love hearing from schools about how they are putting our resources to work in the classroom. Dawn Saxena, Assistant Head, Maths Leader and Year 6 Leader at Yew Tree Community School, talks about how her school has been using Achieve for national test success!

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Getting the basics right: Counting up!

We are continuing our Getting the basics right theme this term with a series of posts on calculation. This blog post from Nick Hart looks at strategies for counting up, helping children to move from heavily scaffolded jottings to mental calculation. Make sure you look out for Part 2 of this blog post coming in January! Read more »
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