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5 Tips for Teaching Spelling in KS2

We asked Shareen Mayers to share her own tips and strategies for teaching spelling in KS2. As many schools are aware, the spelling aspect of the KS2 curriculum can be particularly demanding and challenging. Notably, many pupils at the end of KS2 were able to confidently answer the KS2 grammar test questions but struggled when it came to the spelling aspect.

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Implications for Teaching and Learning 2017 - a preview

Every year, Rising Stars commissions a team of experienced teachers and consultants to review the Key Stage 2 national test papers. They provide analysis of the questions, which help schools prepare children for future tests - find out more about the reports here. Read more »

Key Stage 2 SATs results: the national picture

The key stage 2 SATs results are out! And overall, children have performed well - with 8% more children achieving the expected standard nationally in all subjects compared with 2016.
 

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Grasping grammar terminology ahead of the national tests

We’ve extracted the used terminology from 2016’s test papers from our Implications for Teaching: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling report to help you identify the correct grammar terminology your children should be learning and identifying in the tests.
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#WeWillAchieve100 – Read about how other schools are preparing for the 2017 national tests

Have you ever wanted to find out how other schools and teachers are preparing for the national tests? We ran a Twitter competition to find out your tips for success and we thought we’d share some of our favourites with you! Read more »

Using Achieve to help support national test booster groups at my school

Thanks to Michael Tidd for this pre-national tests blog post all about getting the most of revision and practice in the months leading up to the tests! Read more »

How Yew Tree Community School used Achieve 100 for national test success

At Rising Stars we love hearing from schools about how they are putting our resources to work in the classroom. Dawn Saxena, Assistant Head, Maths Leader and Year 6 Leader at Yew Tree Community School, talks about how her school has been using Achieve for national test success!

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Andrea Carr MD and Founder of Rising Stars is delighted to announce the launch of Achieve Online Mathematics

The first two resources ever published by Rising Stars were two revision guides: Achieve Level 5 English and Achieve Level 5 Maths, edited in the spare bedroom of my house in Bromley and published with much trepidation in 2002. I can hardly believe that was fourteen years ago! I’m fortunate enough to have brilliant colleagues and they have spent the last year or so developing the latest generation of Achieve resources – Achieve Online Mathematics which will launch in July 2016.

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