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Curriculum

3 Practical Tips for Preparing for the 2021 Mathematics Tests for Year 6

By this time of year we have usually spent numerous hours analysing the latest test papers and drawing out implications for teaching for the new academic year. This year, of course, is so very different but there is still a lot we can learn from the assessments we have seen so far.

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Curriculum

Practical maths tasks for your pupils to try at home

Although the Key Stage 2 SATs may no longer be taking place this year during to the Covid-19 outbreak, it’s still great practice to continue with revision while your pupils are at home. Not only will it mean pupils can continue their learning journey but they will also be ready and prepared for year 7 when they return to school.

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Curriculum

Parents, our time has come!

As someone who passionately believes in the power of parental engagement to transform children’s outcomes, this COVID-19 crisis offers an opportunity for all of us. I know it can feel daunting to suddenly and unexpectedly be in charge of home learning, so here are some easy guidelines to follow that may make it easier:

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Curriculum

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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Assessment

PUMA KS3 is ‘a real motivator for students’

RS Assessment from Hodder Education spoke with Alexandra Paine, the Senior Leader for Mathematics and Numeracy at Magnus Church of England Academy, to find out how PUMA KS3 has helped to reduce teacher workload and motivate students. 

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Curriculum

SATs results day - Mathematics 2019

The 2019 Key Stage 2 SATs results have been published. For mathematics, the percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard is the highest yet at 79%. This is up by 4 percentage points from 2018, but an increase of 5 percentage points from 2016.

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Curriculum

Your FREE Back to School Surival Kit

We know that summer holidays can go by in a flash and going back to school can sometimes feel a little difficult. So, we’ve put together the ultimate back to school digital survival kit using some of our best blog posts, stress relief tips and freebies from last year to try and make your back to school transition as fun and stress-free as possible. 

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Curriculum

MARK: A Case Study by St John Vianney Catholic Primary School

 

St John Vianney is a larger than average Catholic primary school, with two-form entry, based in Blackpool. In March 2018 they were rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted and their outstanding teaching of English and Early Literacy means that they are now one of thirty-two national English Hubs supporting other schools. They use PiRA, PUMA, GAPS and MARK (our free online assessment and reporting tool) three times per year, to support teachers in validating their judgement and identifying learning needs of individual pupils and classes. The assessments are used from Years 1 - 6, to ensure a consistent approach throughout the school.

 

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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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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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