April 2023

Curriculum

How to choose the WHY for school interventions

Do you know what primary school intervention red flags look like? We share how to avoid them and choose the best core subject interventions.

We all know the success of an assembly can depend on the seating choices: those chatterboxes together, no thank you! You know the why behind your seating plans, reading book levels and supporting resources. So, why should interventions be any different?

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How to fit school interventions into a busy day

Are you making the most out of the school day? Primary school interventions can be tricky to consistently find time for, so we share our timing top tips.

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Engaging the reluctant learner in primary interventions

Children reluctant to engage with interventions? We explore some of the main reasons a pupil not want to participate and share four top tips for increasing pupil engagement with primary school interventions.

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Maddy Barnes shares her views on the 2023 SATs GPS paper

We asked Maddy Barnes to share her views on this year’s Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling SATs. In this blog, she shares her analysis of the content of the GPS test, looks at it in comparison to previous years and considers some reactions to this year’s test, as well as covering some of the ‘unknowns.’

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Sarah-Anne Fernandes and Trevor Dixon share their views on the 2023 Mathematics SATs

Following this year’s Mathematics SATS, we asked Sarah-Anne Fernandes and Trevor Dixon to share their views.
This short analysis gives their take on the 2023 maths papers and provides some tips on how teachers can get set for 2024.

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The Goldilocks of primary school interventions: choosing the pitch that is just right

Are your school's core subject interventions pitched at the correct academic level? We share how to spot the clues of an ineffective school intervention and choose the pitch that is just right with Shine.

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Shareen Wilkinson's take on the 2023 SATs reading paper

Several schools have expressed that the 2023 KS2 reading national curriculum tests (SATs) were much harder than previous years, so we asked Shareen Wilkinson to share her views.

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New Cosmos books from Reading Planet

It’s finally happening… This July and October, we’re publishing 48 new Reading Planet reading books for age 7-9!  This vibrant collection of fiction and non-fiction cover Stars to Earth bands (Lime to Grey) and will be part of our newly renamed Cosmos strand.

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How to boost TA confidence with interventions in primary school

Who can be an expert in every topic for interventions in primary school? We share how to boost TA subject knowledge across the core subjects. 

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A Talking Author Called Phil

On World Book Day, Reading Planet author Phil Dillon completed his first ever author visit. He talks about his experience of sharing his book 'Look at my Book' and discusses talking bananas called Dave...

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