Welcome to our blog

We get excited about what we do - talking to teachers, and authors, chatting with pupils and turning conversations and ideas into practical educational series. Find out more about our guest bloggers.

Filter by subject

Overdue Ofsted report - our expert's predictions

It has taken a lot of hours for Ofsted to discover that the primary curriculum is skewed by SATs, that the foundation subjects are being squeezed and creative teaching is not as widespread as they hoped.  They find that timetabling is conservative, priorities are focused on the acquisition of knowledge and there is a lack of flair in some of the teaching. And, apparently, we don’t know what we mean when we say ‘skills’.

Read more »

A fresh look at the classroom timeline By Bev Forrest and Stuart Tiffany

Timelines should be an exciting and dynamic feature of the classroom. Are you using timelines to help children with their chronological understanding? Bev Forrest and Stuart Tiffany offer some useful advice about creating exciting timelines to develop childrens' understanding of chronology. Read more »

14th December - Room for a Little One

Martin Waddell's Room for a Little One is the basis of today's free English lesson plan!

Read more »

Rising Stars Advent Calendar

To celebrate the holidays we've created our very own Rising Stars advent calendar, and each day we'll share a fantastic English lesson plan with you!

Read more »

11th December - Whiffy Wilson: The Wolf Who Wouldn't go to Bed

Today's free lesson plan uses Caryl Hart's Whiffy Wilson: The Wolf Who Wouldn't go to Bed. 

Read more »

2nd December - Mapping Europe

For the 12 days of advent, Rising Stars are bringing you a fantastic English lesson plan idea to use with your pupils. Today's is based on Paul Rockett's Close-up Continents: Mapping Europe. Our thanks to Maddy Barnes, Assistant Head Teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic School and English Consultant, for her superb lesson plan!

Read more »

Working Memory and Attention

Difficulties with concentrating means that children aren’t able to use their Working Memory to process and make sense of information in class, which can lead to underachievement across the curriculum, including literacy and numeracy.

Read more »

SEN and Working Memory

Difficulties with Working Memory can create barriers to children achieving in reading, writing, maths, and learning across the curriculum.

Read more »

Is Black History Month still relevant in British schools today?

Black History Month found its way to the UK in 1987 following its successful implementation in the USA and Canada. Its role was to celebrate and inform the public about all aspects of black history and culture. Bev Forrest discusses whether it is still relevent for primary schools.  

Read more »

My priorities for this academic year - a deputy head's perspective

We caught up with Deputy Head Michael Tidd at the start of term to ask him what his priorities were for the year ahead and how he intended to tackle them. Here is what he kindly shared with us.

Read more »
 «
1
 2 3 4» 
x
Added to your basket:
Checkout