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2018 SATs results - subject expert analysis

The DFE have just published the 2018 KS2 SATs results. Read initial thoughts on this year's National Test scores from our subject experts ...

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The 2018 Key Stage 2 SATs results are in

64% of children achieve the “expected standard” in reading, writing and maths.

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Football's coming...to your maths lessons ⚽

To celebrate England reaching the World Cup semi-finals we have created some quick football themed maths quizzes for you to use with your class.

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Character Education - the Star Awards Challenge (Part 1)

In this first of 2 blog posts from the authors of our brand new title Character Education: The Star Awards Programme for Primary Schools, Shona Pye introduces the idea of Character Education and its benefits.

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Summer is here! ☀

To coincide with the launch of our Summer Sale we're also giving away a free e-copy of 'The Summer Fete', a Rising Stars Reading Planet book.

It’s the start of the school holidays and time for the summer fete! The class are looking forward to running their stalls, but what happens when things start to go wrong?

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Switched on Science Launch Week - FREE TOPIC

This week, to celebrate the launch of Switched on Science Second Edition, we're giving away a free topic from Year 1 in which pupils explore their local environment to help them find out more about the plants and animals that live in their locality.

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To Meat or not to Meat

Sue Evans, science coordinator at Phoenix Primary, details a fun outdoor activity for you to try with your pupils. Get them running around neighing like horses or baaing like sheep whilst also learning how to identify a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

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Tread carefully when using the language of maths

The last thing we want is for resources and teaching to actually support misconceptions and overgeneralisations but this happens. If you have a classroom poster showing maths shapes then take a good look at it. Can you spot any errors? Are there any shapes that have been mislabelled? Read more »

Designing your maths curriculum part 1: Intent

As we prepare for the new academic year, the importance of the curriculum has come into sharper focus. Nick Hart explains the significance of designing a maths curicculum that is specific to the issues of your pupils. Read more »

Thoughts on the 2018 SATs - Reading

It has been ten years since the KS2 test included poetry (cast your minds back to the themed ‘Rain & Shine’ reading booklet in 2008 where pupils were presented two poems related to rain) so were you and your colleagues surprised to open the reading booklet this year to find a poem?

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