July 2021

Curriculum

Introducing the new edition of Basic Number Screening Test (BNST)

BNST is an ideal test to help you to quickly assess pupil understanding of number and number operations, helping you to get to the root of any issues and misconceptions that could be impacting progress.

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Assessment

Introducing the new edition of Salford Sentence Reading and Comprehension Test (SSRCT)

SSRCT is the ideal test to get a quick measure of a pupil’s reading and comprehension ability. It’s a test that you can just ‘pull out the cupboard’ and, post-pandemic, schools are looking for time-saving assessments to track the impact of reading interventions.

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Curriculum

Free webinar: Learn how to use Rocket Phonics: Next Steps for Year 2 (P3)

Are you interested in learning how to use Rocket Phonics: Next Steps for Year 2 (P3)? Join our free virtual session with author Abigal Steel, to learn about the programme approach and resources and get your questions answered!

Date of webinar: Thursday 8th September 2022 (4pm - 5pm BST)

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Curriculum

National Test Results 2022: Key Stage 1 reading topics to focus on in the coming year

The first SATs results since 2019 were published earlier this month showing very different stories for children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 for reading. While Department for Education statistics showed that approximately similar numbers of children sitting Key Stage 2 SATS (Year 6) have reached the expected standard in reading. Analysis of Key Stage 1 results by the FFT Education Data Lab showed that the median Key Stage 1 National Test (Year 2) scores fell to behind pre-pandemic levels.

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Curriculum

Summing up the results of the 2022 Key Stage 2 SATs tests

It seemed like an eternal wait, but the KS2 SATs 2022 results day finally arrived. As we know, the 2022 papers would have been administered in 2020 so they didn’t take into account the gaps in learning due to Covid. We asked our Achieve authors to share their insights into the results.

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Curriculum

New Reading Planet Galaxy books

Just before you begin the summer break, we’re sneaking in a last-minute Reading Planet announcement! In September, we’re launching 18 new Galaxy reading books for Green to White bands. Look inside the books with our free samples!

 

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Curriculum

Thoughts on the 2022 SATs Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test

After two years without KS2 tests, there was a certain frisson of anticipation in schools. What would the tests look like this time? Would there be any mitigation for a cohort of children whose learning had been interrupted by a global pandemic? How would the children respond to the formality of KS2 testing arrangements? Had we managed to cover the curriculum against all odds? Marie Lallaway shares her thoughts.

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Curriculum

Thoughts on the 2022 KS2 SATs Mathematics tests

It certainly has been a while, but the end of key stage tests are back and they didn’t disappoint in terms of giving us a lot to unpick and discuss. Steph King shares her reactions to the 2022 Key Stage 2 SATs Mathematics tests.

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Curriculum

Using knowledge organisers at St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Simon Ellis, Assistant Headteacher at St Mary's Catholic Primary School, talks to us about how his school incorporate knowledge organisers into their curriculum.

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Curriculum

Getting the most out of knowledge organisers

Rising Stars History author, Bev Forrest, discusses effective use of knowledge organisers in her latest blog piece.

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