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Curriculum

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Top Tips for Dealing with Stress: Day Five

Maintaining a healthy body can help promote a healthy mind. Our award-winning whole school PE, health and fitness programme Champions includes strategies and activities for developing children’s mental health and wellbeing. Scroll down to download sample lesson plans from Champions Year 6 unit ‘Healthy mind: healthy body’ to try with your class this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.
 

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#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Top Tips for Dealing with Stress: Day Four

We know that SATs week can be a pressured time for children. In Reading Planet’s My How to be Happy Scrapbook, Jo records ways to be happy and overcome stress and worry as part of a school project. With SATs week coinciding with #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek this year, we’ve picked out a few of Jo’s tips for you to share with your child. 

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Assessment

Assessment and the new Ofsted framework

On 14th May, the DfE published the new Ofsted framework which will apply from September 2019.  This framework sets out Ofsted's inspection principles and summarises the main judgements that inspectors make.

 

Summary of how the new framework will affect assessment

School's use of assessment

  • To avoid the misuse or overuse of assessments, inspectors will evaluate how assessment is used in the school to support the teaching of the curriculum but not substantially increase teachers' workloads.
  • Inspectors will look at whether schools' collections of attainment or progress data are proportionate , represent an efficient use of school resources, and are sustainable for staff.
  • Schools using more than two or three data collection points a year should have clear reasoning for what interpretations and actions are informed by the frequency of collection.
  • If a school's assessment system for data collection is disproportionate, ineffective or unsustainable for staff, inspectors will reflect this in their reporting.

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Curriculum

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Top Tips for Dealing with Stress: Day Three

Our sister publisher Galore Park offer a wealth of top tips and strategies for dealing with exam stress and building pupil confidence on their blog. We’ve compiled their top 5 wellbeing blogs for you to browse this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.

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#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Top Tips for Dealing with Stress: Day Two

At Rising Stars, we believe that developing wellbeing and character is an important part of growing up.  This includes helping children develop resilience and moral compass. To help you with this we’ve put together a few wellbeing lesson ideas and strategies for you to try with your class this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.

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Curriculum

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Top Tips for Dealing with Stress: Day One

Our sister publisher Franklin Watts and Wayland publishes a series of mindfulness books titled Mindful Me. This series explores how a mindful attitude to life can enhance enjoyment, promote a sense of calm and confidence, and provide young people with a 'friend for life'. We’ve compiled a few mindfulness exercises for you to try with your children this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.

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Assessment

Realising the potential of technology in education

On 4th April 2019, the DfE published a new strategy to develop and embed technology within schools.  In the document, Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education, stated:

"I believe technology can be an effective tool to help reduce teacher workload, increase efficiencies, engage students and communities, and provide tools to support excellent teaching and raise student attainment." - Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education

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Assessment

Multiplication tables check: administration guidance

On 1st April 2019, the DfE published administration guidance for the multiplication tables check for schools participating in the 2019 national voluntary pilot.

The guidance includes details on:

  • how to use the multiplication tables check system
  • how to administer the multiplication tables check
  • how to use pupil access and other check arrangements

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Curriculum

Use this assembly plan to teach children about resilience

An assembly plan that teaches children to recognise resilience as an important character quality, taken from The Star Awards Programme for Primary Schools by Shona Pye and Geoff Smith. In the assembly children are taught some of the key vocabulary associated with resilience, what makes a person resilient and how they can encourage this in themselves.

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Tips to engage parents with reading

How can teachers encourage parents and carers to engage in reading with their child? Here are some different ideas and tips for promoting reading - whether you’re looking to host an event, offer a few words of advice or create a positive collaborative reading ethos, there may be an idea for you…


 

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