October 2021

Curriculum

Pupils appear back on track with Reading, but help will be needed for Year 2 as they move into Key Stage 2

The second in our series providing the latest updates in pupil attainment from the summer term 2022.

Read the analysis on children’s attainment in reading, conducted by Dr Kristina Milanovic and Blainey on data from over 130,000 pupils sitting standardised termly reading tests between May and August 2022.

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Curriculum

Free Shine webinars: Guidance for teachers and TAs on successfully running interventions in the classroom

Join our Shine authors for two free virtual sessions as they break down the best ways to use Shine Interventions and answer your questions!

Webinar 1: Shine Maths, Thursday 6th October 2022 (4:15pm-5pm BST)

Webinar 2: Shine Reading Skills and GPS, Thursday 13th October 2022 (4:15pm-5pm BST)

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Curriculum

Signs of improvement for GPS, but support required in the year ahead

The first in our series providing the latest updates in pupil attainment from the summer term 2022.

Read the analysis on children’s attainment in Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS), conducted by Dr Kristina Milanovic and Dr Timo Hannay on data from over 100,000 pupils sitting standardised termly GPS tests between May and August 2022.

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Curriculum

Introducing the new edition of Basic Number Screening Test (BNST)

BNST is an ideal test to help you to quickly assess pupil understanding of number and number operations, helping you to get to the root of any issues and misconceptions that could be impacting progress.

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Assessment

Introducing the new edition of Salford Sentence Reading and Comprehension Test (SSRCT)

SSRCT is the ideal test to get a quick measure of a pupil’s reading and comprehension ability. It’s a test that you can just ‘pull out the cupboard’ and, post-pandemic, schools are looking for time-saving assessments to track the impact of reading interventions.

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Curriculum

Free webinar: Learn how to use Rocket Phonics: Next Steps for Year 2 (P3)

Are you interested in learning how to use Rocket Phonics: Next Steps for Year 2 (P3)? Join our free virtual session with author Abigal Steel, to learn about the programme approach and resources and get your questions answered!

Date of webinar: Thursday 8th September 2022 (4pm - 5pm BST)

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Curriculum

National Test Results 2022: Key Stage 1 reading topics to focus on in the coming year

The first SATs results since 2019 were published earlier this month showing very different stories for children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 for reading. While Department for Education statistics showed that approximately similar numbers of children sitting Key Stage 2 SATS (Year 6) have reached the expected standard in reading. Analysis of Key Stage 1 results by the FFT Education Data Lab showed that the median Key Stage 1 National Test (Year 2) scores fell to behind pre-pandemic levels.

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Curriculum

Summing up the results of the 2022 Key Stage 2 SATs tests

It seemed like an eternal wait, but the KS2 SATs 2022 results day finally arrived. As we know, the 2022 papers would have been administered in 2020 so they didn’t take into account the gaps in learning due to Covid. We asked our Achieve authors to share their insights into the results.

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Curriculum

New Reading Planet Galaxy books

Just before you begin the summer break, we’re sneaking in a last-minute Reading Planet announcement! In September, we’re launching 18 new Galaxy reading books for Green to White bands. Look inside the books with our free samples!

 

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Curriculum

Thoughts on the 2022 SATs Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test

After two years without KS2 tests, there was a certain frisson of anticipation in schools. What would the tests look like this time? Would there be any mitigation for a cohort of children whose learning had been interrupted by a global pandemic? How would the children respond to the formality of KS2 testing arrangements? Had we managed to cover the curriculum against all odds? Marie Lallaway shares her thoughts.

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