May 2018

Curriculum

How preparing for the SATs is like training for a marathon

Thanks to Cerys Hadwin-Owen, Assessment Publisher for RS Assessment for Hodder Education, for the following article.

On the face of it, training for a marathon and preparing for SATs might seem like completely different experiences. However many assessment experts have recognised the similarities between sport and assessment in the past (including Daisy Christodoulou in her latest book). Here at RS Assessment from Hodder Education, we find it really helpful when explaining to schools and teachers how our wide range of assessment resources work together, and amidst the very valid concerns around over-testing that face both primary and secondary schools in the current climate, we feel it’s an analogy worth sharing.

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Curriculum

Website downtime

Our website will be offline on Sunday 24th September for an essential maintenance update.

We appreciate your patience while we carry out this work, and apologise for any inconvenience.

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Curriculum

Ten oral blending activities

A variety of different activities for the classroom.

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Curriculum

Ten blending activities

These games can be played at most phases if the words are carefully selected.

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Curriculum

Success Criteria in Mathematics

Many thanks to Nick Hart for this blog post, which takes a look at success criteria in mathematics.

 

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Assessment

DfE announce new primary assessment plans

Plans have been announced by Justine Greening, the Education Secretary for the DfE, for a primary assessment system that focuses on pupil progress, mastering literacy and numeracy, and scrapping excessive workload for teachers.

The new primary assessment plans aim to deliver a better foundation for measuring progress and the impact of schools.

There are a number of important announcements in the full document, which you can read here. Please see below a summary of the main announcements:

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Curriculum

Why do we study the Great Fire of London at Key Stage 1?

Bev Forrest thinks it’s time for a fresh look at our study of significant events.

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Curriculum

Ten segmenting activities

A list of useful segmenting activities to use in the classroom.

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Curriculum

Celebrating 15 Sparkling Years

We’ve come a long way since our beginnings in the spare bedroom of founder Andrea Carr, 15 years ago. Over that time, we have had the privilege to work with some of the best teachers, school leaders and educational experts in the world of education, to create innovative, trustworthy resources that make a difference in the classroom.



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Curriculum

Try Assessment Bank for a chance to win an iPad!

Three reasons to try Assessment Bank this September:

  • Save time by creating lesson starters, quizzes and professional-looking tests in just a few clicks
  • Identify and address gaps in children's learning with all new curriculum questions 
  • Unlimited access for every teacher in your school

PLUS - you'll be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win an iPad Air, fully compatible and ready to use with Assessment Bank in your school. *T&Cs apply.

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