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Maths Misconceptions: mistakes, misunderstanding and muddles

This post from teacher and inspector, John Dabell, addresses key misconceptions in maths and suggests an effective activity to overcome them.

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2018 Catalogues

A new year means a new Rising Stars catalogue, and this year we have two brand new catalogues for you.

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Five phases for fluency: modelling and explaining a mathematical process

Many thanks to Nick Hart for this blog post, which looks at the five phases for fluency. Read more »

Teaching Key stage 1 reading - Using John Lewis’s Moz the Monster to teach reading comprehension

Thanks to Shareen Mayers for creating these teaching resources and planning ideas. These reading resources and guidance for key stage 1 teachers that will support teachers with their teaching, learning and assessments.

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Key Takeaways from the Education Endowment Foundation Maths Report

Thanks to John Dabell for this post which unpacks the key insights learned from the EEF Maths Report. John is a teacher with over 20 years teaching experience across all key stages. He has worked as a national in-service provider and is a trained OfSTED inspector. 
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Breaking down barriers – Steps to promoting greater diversity in your primary History teaching

Bev argues that there should be more diversity with relation to disability in the teaching of History in schools Read more »

Teaching quarters in Mathematics

Many thanks to Nick Hart for this blog post, which looks at teaching quarters in mathematics.

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How Rushey Mead use PiRA, PUMA and Optional Tests to identify gaps in children's learning

We are a large inner-city school in Leicester with 630 pupils on roll, approximately 95% of whom speak English as an Additional Language.  These wide ranging starting points have made gap analysis through the use of accurate and reliable assessments paramount.

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2018 Assessment & Reporting Arrangements and Teacher Assessment Exemplification

This week the DfE have released teacher assessment exemplification materials for 2017/2018, guidance for the end of year KS1 and KS2 assessments, and guidance for assessing and reporting the early years foundation stage (EYFS) profile.

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Working with Book Aid International on the Thika Library Project

For many years, Rising Stars has worked closely with Book Aid International, a charity that provides books to communities and school libraries in Africa that are lacking these essential resources.

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