May 2014

Curriculum

Reading Planet Rocket Phonics: Pace and Progression

Join us for Phonics Friday! Each week, we'll focus on a different aspect of our new Reading Planet Rocket Phonics SSP programme with a short video. This week, author Abigail Steel explains the programme's pace and progression.

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Curriculum

Reading Planet Rocket Phonics: The Teaching and Learning Cycle

It’s Phonics Friday! Each week, we'll focus on a different aspect of our new Reading Planet Rocket Phonics SSP programme with a short video. This week, author Abigail Steel explains the programmes teaching and learning Cycle.

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Curriculum

Reading Planet Rocket Phonics: Using Digital Resources

It’s Phonics Friday! Each week, we'll focus on a different aspect of our new Reading Planet Rocket Phonics SSP programme with a short video. This week, author Abigail Steel highlights the various digital resources you can use to support phonics learning.

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Curriculum

Five ways (MARK and) MARK Plus can help your school when there aren’t any National Tests

This summer, for the second year in a row, our primary pupils didn’t sit national tests. And so far, from discussions with the schools I support, it seems that the annual league tables are not missed! However, the SATS aren’t just used by the DfE to rank schools, the outcomes are also used by schools themselves for self-evaluation and school improvement planning, and this aspect of the missing results is more of a problem. However, help is at hand. RS Assessments’ PUMA, PiRA, GAPS and NTS Maths and Reading tests, together with the comprehensive new dashboards in MARK Plus, can help fill in the gaps. Let’s have a look at five ways MARK Plus can help us.

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Curriculum

Reading Planet Rocket Phonics: The Teaching Week

Join us for Phonics Friday! Each week, we'll focus on a different aspect of our new Reading Planet Rocket Phonics SSP programme with a short video. This week, author Abigail Steel explains the programme's typical teaching week. 

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Curriculum

Capturing attention, connection, and a sense of fun as the new school year begins

English consultant, Maddy Barnes, shares five simple ways (with a little help from Read in to Writing) to capture pupils’ attention and ignite a love for reading and writing.

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Curriculum

Choosing Geography Case Studies Carefully

Following on  from his blog "Things to consider when designing your primary geography curriculum, following the Ofsted Research Review" Rising Stars Geography author Anthony Barlow takes us through how to choose your case studies carefully.  

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Assessment

Top Five White Paper Takeaways

This year has posed many challenges to schools, including an extended national lockdown in the spring term followed by high absence rates. Despite this, teachers and staff have shown remarkable resilience and adaptability, and they have ensured children have made significant progress in their learning.  Read this short blog on the top five takeaways from our latest nation-wide study on pupil attainment.

 

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Curriculum

How we use Shine at St Barnabas CE First & Middle School

Staff at St Barnabas CE First & Middle have been using data from the summer PiRA, PUMA & GAPS papers to start to plan intervention activities for the forthcoming autumn term.

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Curriculum

New Case Study for Reading Planet Rocket Phonics

The impact of the Rocket Phonics programme has been demonstrated in a recent case study from Dairsie Primary School in Fife. Here are some significant takeaways from Sarah Donald, the Head Teacher, along with a link to the complete case study.

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