May 2018

Curriculum

Your Year 3 Punctuation Homework Sheet from Assessment Bank

It's the final week of our Assessment Bank summer giveaway, and this week we're sharing a FREE Year 3 Homework Sheet.

Download your FREE Year 3 Punctuation Homework Sheet here. 

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Assessment

Phonics screening check: guidance and answer sheets

The DfE has released scoring guidance, materials and answer sheets for the 2017 phonics screening check. These materials will help teachers and children become familiar with the phonics screening check, and enable teachers to score performance once the check has been administered.

The 2017 phonics screening check threshold mark is 32. Teachers should check each pupil's mark against the thresholds to establish whether they have achieved the expected standard.

Download guidance and materials here. 

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Curriculum

Website downtime

Our website will be offline between 9am - 11am on Sunday 25th June for an essential security update.

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

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Curriculum

Your Year 5 Reasoning Test from Assessment Bank

It's the penultimate week of our Assessment Bank summer giveaway, and this week we're sharing a FREE Year 5 Reasoning Test.Rising Stars Assessment Bank

Download your FREE Year 5 Reasoning Test here.

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Curiosity, creativity and conversation – maximising the impact of object learning in your classroom

Bev Forrest and Stuart Tiffany discuss the importance of using objects in engaging, hands-on history lessons. 

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Assessment

Is your end-of-year assessment data as helpful as it can be?

Thanks to Deputy Head Michael Tidd for this post.

As another year draws to a close, conversations in school revolve around new classes, end-of-year reports and sports days – and of course, final assessments. For those teaching in Year 6, much of that is taken out of our hands, and the work is done by this time of the year, but not so for the other year groups. And it’s the other year groups that we’ll be taking forward into the new academic year.

We talk a lot as a profession about the doubts raised in secondary schools about Key Stage 2 data, and even in junior schools about infant data, but we tend to be a bit more circumspect about the same challenges within our schools. So how do we make sure that our end-of-year assessment data is just as valuable as a start-of-year indicator to the new teacher?

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Assessment

Assessing Special Educational Needs

Thanks to Charles Weedon, Educational psychologist and teacher, for this post

Charley really toils with some of the things we ask her to do in the classroom.  The policies about learning difficulties, the rhetoric, are often impressive….. But the reality sometimes seems more threadbare and stretched day-by-day, and the outside agencies that might be able to help us just don't seem to be there.  Despite our best efforts, Charley is going nowhere good  -  reading still agony, written work looks like a battlefield, and while some days she's worryingly quiet and withdrawn, others she's off the wall and causing mayhem.

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Curriculum

Summer Assessment Bank Test Giveaway - Year 4 Grammar

It's week four of our Assessment Bank summer giveaway, and this week we're sharing a FREE Year 4 Grammar Homework Sheet, which could also be used as a quick in-class test.

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Curriculum

Teaching Ratio

Thanks to Nick Hart, Head Teacher at Chalfont Valley E-ACT Primary Academy, for this blog post on teaching ratio!

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Curriculum

Join us for a FREE Assessment Bank webinar and find out just how much time you could save!

Assessment Bank is a really simple test builder which includes thousands of questions written specifically for the new curriculum.

Come along to our FREE Assessment Bank webinar on 21st June and find out how you could save hours of time creating tests, quizzes and lesson starters to support day-to-day formative assessment.

When? 
Wednesday 21st June at 16.00-16.20 (BST), plus plenty of time to ask questions.

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