September 2013

Curriculum

New Suggested Reading Planet Book Bands for our Reading Assessments

Our teams at Rising Stars and RS Assessment have worked together to produce this nifty book band table for schools who use our Reading Planet reading scheme along with our reading assessments.

Use our new book band suggestions as an additional outcome alongside Reading Age and to inform book allocations to find the right fit for all your young readers. 

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Curriculum

Looking at challenges through the model of the 4 Cs

We need our learners to develop their ‘mental toughness'. By this we are not trying to develop superheroes who approach problems and learning as if they are invincible. Instead, our learners need to develop a healthy self-efficacy, where their self-esteem is built on learned accomplishments and can withstand failure.  

Peter Clough’s model of the 4 Cs provides an effective framework for schools and teachers to support their learners. It consists of four attributes that help learners to develop mental toughness- challenge, control, commitment and confidence.

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Curriculum

New Rocket Phonics books for 2023

This summer, we’re expanding our Reading Planet Rocket Phonics strand with 48 new Target Practice Readers. Here’s everything you need to know about the books...

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Curriculum

Treating symptoms vs addressing causes: Developing a deeper understanding of maths difficulties

As teachers, we often use curriculum-based tests to help us understand what learners can and can’t do, and how this measures up against expectations for their age and stage. This information is then used to plan support and interventions for learners who are struggling. While often effective, this approach sometimes means that we end up addressing the symptoms of the difficulties rather than the underlying causes.

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Curriculum

The SEND and alternative provision improvement plan: Four things you need to know

After a lengthy consultation period, the DfE published the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) Improvement Plan on the 2nd March 2023, which sets out its plans to change the SEND and alternative provision system in England.

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Curriculum

Interim Impact Study shows that Reading Planet Rocket Phonics is making a real difference to children

Improving educational outcomes is important to us, and we understand that choosing the most impactful resources is challenging. So, everything we do at Hodder Education is created to ensure it will help engage learners and have a positive impact on teaching and learning. As part of this commitment, in 2021 we launched a two-year Impact Trial working with two independent evaluators to measure the impact of Reading Planet Rocket Phonics on pupils' reading attainment. 

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Curriculum

New MAT Feature for MARK

Aoife Bruen, Product Manager for MARK, outlines an exciting update, new for Summer Term 2023. Our new feature will allow Multi Academy Trusts and School Groups to extract assessment data from across all of their member schools at the click of a button in MARK.

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Curriculum

What causes maths anxiety?

Many learners with maths difficulties or dyscalculia have maths anxiety and they also tend to have a fixed mindset about their ability and/or potential in maths. These children may have had years of experiencing failure in maths, having to follow a fast-paced curriculum and often being taught in a procedural way where the emphasis is on fact recall and speed. They have learnt to believe that they are no good at maths and never will be. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

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Curriculum

Making the difference: choosing the best KS2 books

Ultimately, it’s reasonable to argue that the best KS2 books are the ones where learners’ can see themselves in the stories. When we relate to the characters or the setting and see a thread of our own lives and circumstances, we begin to engage - and that’s where the magic happens!

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Curriculum

Confidence in KS2 reading: how to transition from teaching phonics to KS2

For some teachers, there’s a certain mystery around teaching KS2 reading, and the transition over from phonics at KS1. 

In this post we’re aiming to explore this from a slightly different perspective and rather than framing it as transitioning away from phonics, think in terms of how to tie phonics into a KS2 context and really cement the lessons learned in KS1.

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