October 2015

Curriculum

Thoughts on the 2019 SATs - Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling

The KS2 2019 grammar, punctuation and spelling test was once again viewed positively by teachers and pupils. When I asked a group of year 6 pupils what they thought of the test immediately afterwards, they said, ‘…it was easy Ms Mayers.’ Of course, we do not know how they performed but at least they felt it was accessible.

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Curriculum

Summer maths quizzes from Assessment Bank

Inspired by the warm weather over the weekend we have created some summer themed quizzes to use with your class, including questions about ice creams, beaches and holidays to get your pupils in the summer spirit.

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Curriculum

Thoughts on the 2019 SATs - Mathematics

Each year many of us (hopefully not just me!) wait in anticipation of the latest national test for Year 6 pupils to see how it compares to previous years. And despite the 2019 Key Stage 2 Test being the fourth set of papers aligned with the ‘new’ mathematics curriculum, we are still keen to drill down, dissect and find out exactly what our Year 6 pupils across the country are being tested on.  

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Curriculum

Thoughts on the 2019 SATS - Reading

This time last year, we ‘celebrated’ the return of poetry in the 2018 KS2 Reading Test. So, what are the headlines of the 2019 KS2 Reading Test? Were there any surprises? After 4 years of this suite of tests are we still surprised by the ingredients or have we identified enough patterns and trends? Do we get excited by expecting the unexpected? 

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Curriculum

WIN a free author visit!

To celebrate the launch of our new books for age 7-11/Key Stage 2, Reading Planet is going on the road! Next term, our team of top children's authors will travel the UK visiting schools from Scotland to Southampton, to share their love of reading and writing. Enter our competition now and your school could win a spot on our author tour. Read more »
Curriculum

The Rising Stars Headliner: Summer Sale!

Save up to 25% on our summer line-up of Rising Stars curriculum and Franklin Watts and Wayland when you buy online this 10th June - 5th July.

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Curriculum

Empathy Day 11th June 2019 - Your Free 'Acts of Kindness' lesson

Empathy Day was founded by Empathy Lab in 2017. On Empathy Day, Emapthy Lab want everyone to read 'because stories and book characters build our real-life empathy.' Celebrate empathy day with our free 'Acts of Kindness' lesson taken from Character Education: The Star Awards Programme

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Curriculum

Reading Planet on Sunday Brunch!

Reading Planet author and actress Nina Wadia recently appeared on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch talking about her book Bionic T1D.

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Assessment

2019 Key Stage 1 National Test Materials

On 3rd June 2019, the DfE publicly released the test materials from this year’s Key Stage 1 National Tests.

The test papers and mark schemes for all subjects can be found here:

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Assessment

Statements of SEN and EHC plans 2019

On 30th May 2019 the DfE published data on the number of children with an education, health and care (EHC) plan or statement of special educational needs.

Summary

  • As of January 2019, 354,000 children have EHC plans maintained by local authorities.
  • The number of EHC plans has increased by 11% from 2018 to 2019.  34,2000 young people had EHC plans in 2018.
  • Children aged 11-15 account for the largest percentage of young people with EHC plans (36%).

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