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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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Read it, write it, understand it - fantastic spelling activities for your classroom

Spelling currently has a higher profile than ever, thanks to the expectations for writing in the new assessments at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, which mean that a child will effectively be penalised for not being able to spell words considered appropriate for their age. 

Guest blogger Nicola Morris shares some fantastic activity ideas to help make spelling fun and engaging for pupils. 

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KS1 GaPS, preparing your pupils to pass the test

Maddy Barnes looks at how best to prepare children for the 2016 KS1 GaPS test.

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Teaching GPS through song lyrics?

Maddy Barnes discusses exciting and engaging ways to teach, track and assess GPS in both Key Stage 1 and 2!

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Teacher-led commission announced

The government has announced that a teacher-led commission is to be established to enable primary schools to move away from the levels system of assessment.

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