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Choosing texts for more able children

Teacher and author Vicky Burrill looks at the challenges of choosing texts for more able children.

She writes: It can be a minefield.  Balancing trickier and more complex language with a suitable subject matter can be very hard. Jumping a year or two ahead in vocabulary often means that the topic of the book is too advanced. In this instance, classics are a great option as they offer solid stories, detailed settings and characters but lack the shocking issues or grown up topics of many modern books for older children. 

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Maths for the More Able - special price conference offer

NACE, National Association for Able Children in Education, and Rising Stars are delighted to invite you to a one day conference that will show how you can encourage children to think independently and develop as problem solvers.

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Identify and ensure progress for your more able pupils in English, maths and science

Rising Stars Progression Frameworks for Teaching the More Able helps you to identify those children exceeding expectations in order to ensure that they continue to progress. Download yours for free in our 'free stuff' area.

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Only half of parents aware of new maths curriculum

Did any of you spot the Press Association article published via the Mail website on 27 October, about survey results which highlighted the lack of confidence many parents have supporting their children with maths? If not, here’s a little recap. 

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Need-to-know content for Year 5 in the new curriculum

This page outlines some of the key elements of the new curriculum which are intended to be taught in Years 3 or 4, and which therefore do not appear in the new upper Key Stage 2 curriculum. 

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