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What can we take away from the KS2 national tests results?

As schools pore over their Key Stage 2 test results, it’s inevitable that the first step will be to look inwardly – to see how Ellie did in maths, or whether Dylan met that 100 mark in reading. But soon enough our attention will be drawn to the wider picture. So what messages are there to take from yesterday’s results?As schools pore over their Key Stage 2 test results, it’s inevitable that the first step will be to look inwardly – to see how Ellie did in maths, or whether Dylan met that 100 mark in reading. But soon enough our attention will be drawn to the wider picture. So what messages are there to take from yesterday’s results?

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Insight into working scientifically

We recently hosted a free CPD event, Insight into Working Scientifically, in partnership with the Sheffield Institute for Education at Sheffield Hallam University. Experienced primary teacher and author of Switched on Science in the Early Years, Jane Winter guided us through what is meant by ‘working scientifically’ and how to create a ‘questioning classroom.’

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What are you going to do about workload?

The famous JFK inauguration speech encouraged Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country“.

Nicky Morgan probably wouldn’t get away with the same sort of message, not least because her department has a lot to answer for when it comes to workload, especially in recent years. But the point is salient. Much of the workload that exists in schools exists only because we make it.

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The 3-step e-safety model - respond, follow up, review

You are using the laptops to create a newspaper article on the amazon. One of the students in the class is searching for images of wildlife and the image search returns an image that is graphic in nature. The child tells you immediately.  What do you do next?  In this article, guest blogger Ben Cornford explains his 3-step e-safety model.

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The Jaguar Maths in Motion Challenge - World Final 2016

On Wednesday 22nd June, Rising Stars had the pleasure of sponsoring and attending the Jaguar Maths in Motion Challenge World Final, hosted at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon.

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Top tips from NACE on keeping children's brains in gear over the summer holidays

Do  your parents ask for ideas to keep their children’s brains in gear over the summer?
NACE have written a useful crib sheet of ideas for teachers to share.

 
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Introducing Reading Planet Lift-off!

Gill Budgell author of Rising Stars Reading Planet Lift-off introduces this unique pre-literacy strand aimed to help get children reading-ready. Read more »

Geometry and the National Curriculum

The geometry specifications in the national curriculum give children the opportunity to work on some of the big ideas in maths and make connections while still working on number and underlying structure; that is the idea that in additive reasoning a whole is made up of two or more parts. Read more »

Making connections between mathematics and geography

Linking mathematics to other curriculum subjects is something that a lot schools do very well but there are many that don’t consider planning possible, tangible and real-life connections. Science is quite an obvious link but what about other subjects such as art, geography and history? Making links enables children to use and apply the mathematics skills they have mastered in a variety of contexts. Read more »

Using a high quality picture book to inspire poets at Upper KS2

Many thanks to our guest blogger Maddy Barnes for this fantastic article discussing how you can use a high quality picture book to inspire poets at Upper Key Stage 2. 

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