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Using trinkets in phonics teaching

Abigail Steel, EYFS teacher and educational consultant, looks at how we can use trinkets to enhance phonics teaching, adding a sensory, kinesthetic dimension to lessons.

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Your Year 2 Science Test from Assessment Bank

It's week three of our Assessment Bank summer giveaway, and this week we're sharing a FREE Year 2 Science Test. 

Download your FREE Year 2 Science Test here.

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Live Twitter Chat with Ofsted

Join us for a live Twitter chat with Ofsted – 14th June 8-9pm online with @risingstarsedu

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Be rewarded for taking part in our Optional Tests study

We know that many schools want to be able to look at their Optional Tests results and understand how these relate to the scaled scores in the SATs. We've already published National Test Indicators for Optional Tests Set A Years 2 and 6, and this autumn we'll be publishing National Test Indicators for Set B Years 2 and 6.

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A Post-SATs Growth Mindset Lesson

Following the challenges of SATs and prior to Year 6’s departure to secondary, it is an important time to encourage the children to reflect on their mindset and their learning journey. Encourage your pupils to see themselves as 'life-long learners' who can overcome their challenges with this wonderful sample lesson from Katherine Muncaster, author of Growth Mindset Lessons.

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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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