March 2016 (1)

Curriculum

Making the difference: choosing the best KS2 books

Ultimately, it’s reasonable to argue that the best KS2 books are the ones where learners’ can see themselves in the stories. When we relate to the characters or the setting and see a thread of our own lives and circumstances, we begin to engage - and that’s where the magic happens!

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Curriculum

Confidence in KS2 reading: how to transition from teaching phonics to KS2

For some teachers, there’s a certain mystery around teaching KS2 reading, and the transition over from phonics at KS1. 

In this post we’re aiming to explore this from a slightly different perspective and rather than framing it as transitioning away from phonics, think in terms of how to tie phonics into a KS2 context and really cement the lessons learned in KS1.

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Curriculum

Choosing reading schemes for schools: 11 key factors to consider

Choosing reading schemes for schools can feel like a difficult process, with potentially endless research and a wide variety of schemes to choose from. In this post we’re highlighting 11 key factors to consider, and how they might affect the final decision. 

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Curriculum

Identifying maths learning difficulties and supporting learners

Our new diagnostic tool, SNAP Maths, has been developed as an assessment for those with suspected maths learning difficulties/dyscalculia and maths anxiety, to identify the specific barriers to maths learning so strategies can be put in place. SNAP Maths tests a range of numerical skills and general cognitive skills that are crucial for maths learning.

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Curriculum

The 2023 Reading Planet Catalogue is here

Look inside this new Catalogue and discover the latest and upcoming resources at Reading Planet!

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Curriculum

Latest Research Report Published: The academic wellbeing and attitudes to learning of Key Stage 2 pupils following the pandemic

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve published the first wellbeing research report as part of our Nuffield Foundation project The longer-term impact of COVID-19 on pupil attainment and wellbeing.

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Curriculum

Knowledge Organisers in Computing

Having seen the implementation of KOs in my own school across subjects such as science, history and geography, as computing lead my thoughts turned to whether the use of KOs could also be beneficial in my subject.  As a school which uses Rising Stars Switched on Computing I am confident in the breadth, depth and progression which the scheme provides in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum (DfE, 2013).

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Curriculum

The findings of Changing the Story

In 2021, Hachette UK and the National Literacy Trust partnered to create the Changing the Story reading programme. This exciting new initiative supports disadvantaged children in 25 primary schools with reading. 22,000 Reading Planet and Hachette Children's Group books were donated to the schools. We can now reveal the findings. 

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Curriculum

Diversity vs Tokenism: Why children's books need more than "token characters"

We asked Bali Rai, author of the Green Patrol series from Reading Planet Astro, about his thoughts on diversity in children's reading books, and why children need more than token characters when learning to read.

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Curriculum

5 reasons to switch to Rocket Phonics (5 minute read)

Starting a new phonics programme is a big and sometimes daunting decision. But phonics trainer and expert Grace Kleanthous explains why moving to Rocket Phonics will be a straightforward s-w-i-tch. 

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