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Teaching LKS2 reading objectives through Queen Red Riding Hood's Guide to Royalty

Guest blogger Maddy Barnes demonstrates how to teach many of the LKS2 reading objectives through Queen Red Riding Hood's Guide to Royalty by Chris Colfer. 

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Quick, Quack Quentin - Teaching (most of) the year 2 curriculum through one book!

Our guest blogger Maddy Barnes shows how you can use Quick, Quack Quentin by Kes Grey and Jim Field to teach (most of) the year 2 curriculum through one book! 

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Introducing the Rising Stars Assessment ‘I can’ Statements!

Thousands of schools rely on the Rising Stars Assessment Progression Frameworks to support assessment free from levels, and many have told us that they would value child-friendly versions – so we’ve created them!  Available for Years 1-6 in English and maths, these child-friendly statements enable children to take ownership of their learning by seeing strengths and weaknesses. Teacher guidance, including 'Mastery Questions', is also provided to help teachers make reliable judgements about children’s learning. These flexible statements link directly to our Progression Frameworks, although can be used effectively alongside any assessment system used in your school.  

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History on the Doorstep: Making History Local

Stuart Tiffany and Bev Forrest discuss how schools can bring history to life for many pupils, by exploring history in context to their local area. 
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We are onto a winner with Champions!

We are thrilled to announce that the recently published Champions, a whole-school resource to support outstanding PE teaching, has won the prestigious Whole Curriculum Subject Resource of the Year Award at the Education Resources Awards 2016. The Rising Stars team had a great evening and were delighted to take the stage to receive the award!

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Do Less, But Better: A Mantra for Teaching (and Testing)

We asked Guest blogger Michael Tidd to share his thoughts on how different types of primary assessment inform teaching and learning in his school. 

Head over to the Rising Stars Assessment Community website for the full article. 

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Computing CPD in the real world

Do your staff understand how the internet is different to the world wide web? Do they have an understanding of HTML? Do they really know what an algorithm is?  Guest blogger, Ben Cornford, outlines four key steps you can take to get your staff up to speed on Computing.

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The DfE's vision for schools in England - Educational Excellence Everywhere

The Department for Education have today (17th March 2016) released a white paper setting out their vision for schools in England, titled Educational Excellence Everywhere.
The paper outlines two distinct parts to this goal.

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Doubled sports funding for primary - Is your school making the best use of the PE and Sport Premium Funding?

Did you know that the PE and sport premium budget will be increased from £160 million to £320 million for primary schools as a result of the 2016 budget? This is a result of the estimated £520 million raised from a levy on soft drinks to tackle childhood obesity and which will be used in part to support this extra funding.

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Switched on Computing in action - We are app planners, Unit 6.1

This month, Sarah Brown from Wilbraham Primary School in Manchester, has shared with us the Switched on Computing work her Year 6 pupils have been doing.  They have been planning an app using Mozilla Appmaker for Unit 6.1 'We are app planners'. 

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