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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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A study beyond 1066 – a missed opportunity

Bev Forrest and Stuart Tiffany discuss the planning for and delivery of the post-1066 study at Key Stage 2.

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Effective maths intervention using On Track Maths

Maths consultant Eleanor Hick explores how On Track Maths can be used to support effective maths intervention across Key Stages 1 and 2.

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Principles and practices of effective homework

Homework can have quite a negative reputation.  However, when it is done well, homework can undoubtedly have a positive effect on learning. With these conditions in mind, here is a set of principles and practices for making homework as effective as possible.

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Switched on Online Safety launch

We're delighted to be launching NEW Switched on Online Safety! Enter the competition to be in with a chance of winning a free key stage pack.

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Computing Assessment Tasks - an invaluable addition to our computing toolkit

Computing terminology that were not part of our vocabulary a couple of years ago are now an integral part of our vocabulary across the curriculum.  However, assessment terms have taken longer to embed for many.

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Are we missing a vital ingredient when teaching reading?

Prof. Clare Wood explains what happens when we combine phonics teaching with focussed speech rhythm activities in our everyday teaching.


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