April 2017

Curriculum

The Positives of Reading Non-fiction this #NonFictionNovember

This month is #NonFictionNovember - a national celebration that aims to promote reading non-fiction for pleasure, to allow young readers to indulge in their fascination for facts and to celebrate the breadth, depth and richness of non-fiction writing. In this blog, On Track English author Catherine Casey explores the positives of reading non-fiction.

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Curriculum

FREE firework comprehension quiz

Get ready for bonfire night by starting your English lessons with this firework themed reading comprehension quiz from Question Bank.

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Assessment

Part 4: The St Barnabas Series

Join us on the fourth and final part of our journey with St Barnabas Church of England First and Middle School as we explore their use of our termly standardised assessment suites PiRA, PUMA, GAPS and NTS Assessments. St Barnabas also makes full use of MARK, our free online assessment and reporting tool trusted by over 6,000 schools.

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Curriculum

Black History Month: Why every child should see themselves in a book

As Black History Month draws to a close, Hamish Baxter (Assistant Commisioning Editor at Rising Stars) discusses the importance of diversity in children's books and reading schemes. 

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Curriculum

Make Marking Count!

Let’s be honest how much time do we have for giving pupils quality feedback in History? The answer is usually very little as our attention is still firmly focused on raising standards in literacy and numeracy. 
Here are some ideas to ensure that even when you are short on time your feedback has the necessary impact to move learning forward.

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Curriculum

Spooky KS2 Reading Comprehension

Eye of newt and witches brew, Question Bank has an early halloween treat for you...

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Assessment

Part 3: The St Barnabas Series

Join us on the third part of our journey with St Barnabas Church of England First and Middle School as we explore their use of our termly standardised assessment suites PiRA, PUMA, GAPS and NTS Assessments. St Barnabas also makes full use of MARK, our free online assessment and reporting tool trusted by over 6,000 schools.

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Curriculum

Highlights from the Reading Planet Tour

The Reading Planet Tour is over but what a fantastic few weeks it was! We met Take a look at some pictures from the events which took place across the UK. 

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Assessment

Introducing RS Assessment's new tracking partnership programme with FFT Education

Add your PiRA, PUMA and GAPS pupil test data into Aspire Pupil Tracking.  Standardised scores are then converted automatically, in real-time, to a DfE scaled score. This is the ‘common currency’ used by Aspire Pupil Tracking to compare PiRA, PUMA and GAPS results to other tests, TAs, targets and FFT’s own benchmark estimates.

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Assessment

Part 2: The St Barnabas Series

Join us on the second part of our journey with St Barnabas Church of England First and Middle School as we explore their use of our termly standardised assessment suites PiRA, PUMA, GAPS and NTS Assessments. St Barnabas also makes full use of MARK, our free online assessment and reporting tool trusted by over 6,000 schools.

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