September 2018

Curriculum

Maths SATs Humour to Brighten Up Your Week

6 humorous questions that you won't see in this year's KS2 Maths SATs... Read more »
Curriculum

Closing the disadvantaged gap in maths for good

The gap between the attainment of disadvantaged children and all children may be narrowing but remains a concern. How can that gap be closed more rapidly and for good?

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Curriculum

Mental Health Awareness Week

It's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek so we've got some free lessons for you on perserverance and overcoming challenges. 

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Curriculum

A Bloody Investigation!

In this blog post Sue Evans, science coordinator at Phoenix Primary, explains how she had fun teaching her class about what's in our blood through a fun practical lesson. 

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Curriculum

It's Teacher Appreciation Day!

It's National Teacher Appreication Day and we want to say THANK YOU! This also got us thinking about why apples are traditionally associated with teachers and given as gifts of appreciation. Have a read to find out why!

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Curriculum

New KS1 Samples available for Rising Stars Vocabulary

Rising Stars Vocabulary provides everything you need to embed key strategies and deliver fun activities to improve vocabulary across the school. We've uploaded some new sample activies for you to download and use for free in your classroom! 

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Curriculum

Do boys learn differently to girls?

Up and down the country in 1000’s of schools there are improvement plans with some variation of the phrase ‘raise boys’ achievement.’  For most schools this is a yearly target because year on year the difference between boys’ and girls’ attainment either continues to grow or remains stagnant.  Very rarely does this gap close.

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Assessment

What does effective assessment look like in primary maths?

A good test isn’t just a summative experience – it is also packed with rich formative opportunities.

Thanks to John Dabell, trained teacher and former Ofsted inspector, for the following article.

Effective assessment in maths is all about team-work and joined-up thinking. It doesn’t stand alone or parade data like a pedagogical peacock.  Instead, it links together teaching, learning and assessment in a creative and integrated fashion, so that teaching promotes learning, learning enables assessment to take place and assessment acts as a stimulus to both teaching and learning.

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Assessment

Reception Baseline Announcement - implications for schools

 

What are your thoughts on the reception baseline assessment?

Following the DfE's announcement on 11th April 2018 that a new statutory baseline assessment will be introduced in autumn 2020, we collated some initial thoughts about the announcement.

Thanks to James Pembroke and Michael Tidd for sharing their views on this.  You can join in the conversation on Twitter @RSAssessment.

 

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Curriculum

Closing the word gap

You may have heard of the “word gap” it refers to the gap of 30 million words between different groups of children before the age of 3. Charlotte Raby (author of Rising Stars Vocabulary) explores the meaning of  the 'word gap' and explains how your school can tackle the problem. 

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