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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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Assessment

Phonics Screening Check: Sample materials and training videos

On 23rd April, the DfE updated the sample materials available for the 2018 Phonics Screening Check.

Structure of the Phonics Screening Check
The check contains 40 words divided into two sections of 20 words.  Both sections contains a mix of pseudo-words and real words.
Read more about the structure here.

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Curriculum

Bridging 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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Assessment

Reception baseline assessment

In response to the 2017 'Primary assessment in England government consultation', on 11th April 2018 the DfE announced the introduction of a new statutory reception baseline assessment in autumn 2020.

 

New baseline assessments to be introduced from autumn 2020

The test will be administered by schools as soon as children enter reception and will enable schools to measure children's progress from reception through to KS2.  The DfE will publish the results of these measures for all through primaries in the summer of 2027.

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Assessment

KS2 Science sampling arrangements

On the 27th March 2018, the DfE released updated information about the upcoming KS2 science sampling tests.

Every 2 years, a sample of pupils sit science tests at the end of KS2, in order to gauge the overall performance of the population.  The next science sampling tests will take place in June 2018.

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