May 2019

Curriculum

Children's Mental Health Week

We have put together a selection of free activities and resources to help your class 'find their brave' this week for Children's Mental Health Week. Read more »
Curriculum

SEN, behaviour and wellbeing in Ofsted's Annual Report 2019

On 21st January 2020, Ofsted published its annual report on education, children’s services and skills.  The report marked the introduction of Ofsted's new 'behaviour and attitudes' judgement which recognises the impact of disrupted classrooms on children's learning as well as pupil and teacher wellbeing.
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Three schools’ strategies for improving reading speed and overall reading confidence

Our Year 6 pupils are expected to achieve ever deeper knowledge in their reading every year, but in 2019 the pace required to read and understand the three texts was thrust up a gear again. In many schools, a common focal point this academic year has been to push on children’s pace of reading (and responding) to endeavour to address the seemingly relentless challenge.

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Rising Stars Maths at Tennyson Road Primary School Luton

Rising Stars are proud to be partners with Tennyson Road Primary School in Luton, a school that has been using Achieve to prepare pupils for the National Tests since 2012 and Rising Stars Mathematics as their Maths scheme throughout the school since 2016.

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Switched on Computing and the Ofsted Framework – some FAQs

Find out how our Switched on Computing courses help meet the new Ofsted requirements with this set of FAQs put together by Switched on Computing author Miles Berry and Havering Computing experts Amanda Jackson and Dave Smith. 

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World Diabetes Day 2019

To mark World Diabetes Day tomorrow (Thursday 14th November), we're giving away a free extract from Bionic T1D by Nina Wadia, a Reading Planet story about a young boy with very special super powers...

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Introducing the Six Character Benchmarks

On 5th November the DfE published new guidance and introduced the 'Six Character Benchmarks' to support the teaching of character education in primary schools.  Read more »
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FREE resources to help inspire the next Greta Thunberg

In August 2018, teen activist Greta Thunberg started a school strike outside the Swedish Parliament to raise awareness for climate change. Since then, she has inspired millions of young people all over the world to join her campaign against climate change through her 'Fridays For Future' movement. Want to inspire the next Greta Thunberg? Browse our free lesson ideas and related book series to help introduce ecology and climate change to your pupils.

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Behaviour and Mental Health in Schools

With 10% of children and young people having a clinically diagnosable mental health issue it remains concerning that 70% have had no appropriate interventions.  The impact of this is evident in schools where Mental Health and Wellbeing is being placed high on agendas. 

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Anti-Bullying Week 2019: 11th-15th November

Next week is Anti-bullying week, an annual campaign run by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. The theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2019 is ‘Change Starts With Us' and will run from Monday 11th November - Friday 15th November. We know it's important to make sure children feel happy and safe at school and online, so we've compiled some helpful resources to help start the anti-bullying conversation and promote kindness this Anti-Bullying Week.


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