May 2018

Curriculum

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good  -  reading still agony, written work looks like a battlefield, and while some days she's worryingly quiet and withdrawn, others she's off the wall and causing mayhem.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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Curriculum

Ofsted Mythbusting

As part of Rising Stars relationship with Ofsted we’ll be running a live twitter chat with Joanna Hall, Deputy Director of Schools for Ofsted @JoannaHallHMI on 14 June from 8-9pm. Have your chance to ask the questions you’d like to know from Ofsted and find out what they’re really looking for.We’ll be chatting using the hashtag #rslivechat.

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Curriculum

Using trinkets in phonics teaching

Abigail Steel, EYFS teacher and educational consultant, looks at how we can use trinkets to enhance phonics teaching, adding a sensory, kinesthetic dimension to lessons.

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Assessment

Reflections on the 2017 SATs in KS2

Thanks to Joanna Keelan, Year 6 Teacher at Walton-le-Dale Primary School for the following article

I believe the new style SATs tests are challenging, which all of us in the profession knew when the new curriculum came out in 2014. Little did we know how challenging until SATs in 2016, however, the tests the children sat this year, gave all abilities in that year a chance to show their ability.

It does not stop the pressure the staff in Year 6 feel, when trying to prepare the children for these tests.  We want to give them the best chance of showing a true reflection of their knowledge, and in the time scale we’ve got, for some children it is impossible.  We are lucky enough in our environment, to have two strong TAs placed in year 6 full time, who take children out for interventions in more specific areas.  I truly believe this makes all the difference.

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Curriculum

Your Year 2 Science Test from Assessment Bank

It's week three of our Assessment Bank summer giveaway, and this week we're sharing a FREE Year 2 Science Test. 

Download your FREE Year 2 Science Test here.

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