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Designing Your Curriculum Part 3: Impact

How can we measure the impact of our teaching on our students? - In the third and final part of his blogs about designing your school's maths curriculum, Nick Hart discusses how we can measure impact on students.  Read more »

How Tennyson Road Primary are using Rising Stars resources

Tennyson Road Primary is a 3-form entry, ‘Outstanding’ primary school in Luton. They achieved fantastic results in the 2016 national tests with 100% of Year 6 children getting a scaled score of 100 or more. Of their success, Head teacher Hilary Power told us: “How do we get our results? Yes we have fab teachers, but we couldn't do it without fab resources!
 
The school has been using a broad range of Rising Stars resources, spanning across both curriculum and assessment, for over six years. Carla Gotch, Assistant Head teacher, has kindly shared feedback about some of the school’s favourite resources below.  

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Keeping end points on your radar

The first of the new Key Stage 2 National Tests are fast approaching. If you are planning on a revision programme, or even if you aren’t, it is probably best to be aware of the areas that will be included in the tests that have not been taught in Year 6. Thank to Mathematics Advisor Caroline Clissold for this valuable article on end points.

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The value of precise mathematical vocabulary

The national curriculum requires that children use mathematical language. It states that ‘the quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are key factors in developing their mathematical vocabulary and presenting a mathematical justification, argument or proof’.

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What is the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) approach?

You may have heard ‘the CPA approach’ referenced in the context of mathematics mastery and wondered what it really means. We asked Cherri Moseley, one of our Series Consultants and authors of Rising Stars Mathematics (our brand-new textbook programme) to explain how it works.

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Teaching addition and subtraction for mastery

Thank you to Caroline Clissold for these practical ways to help children acquire mastery in these two operations. These ideas are specifically targeted at Year 2 but can be adapted for any year group.

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Is the new written arithmetic paper in the National Tests on your radar?

A good deal of focus on the new curriculum and its assessment arrangements over the past months has been on the higher expectations in maths and grammar.

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Algebra throughout the National Curriculum

In this February maths article, Caroline Clissold discusses algebra and developing a conceptual understanding of mathematics from Year 1 through to 6. 

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February Maths Challenge: abundant numbers & perfect numbers

Fluency, reasoning and problem solving are at the heart of the new National Curriculum.

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Your Year 5 children - getting them ready for the New National Tests for Maths in May 2016 with a ne

The current Year 5s will be the first cohort to be subjected to the new National Tests in English and maths so we have put together a FREE 'National Test Survival Pack'.

 

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