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Computing CPD in the real world

Do your staff understand how the internet is different to the world wide web? Do they have an understanding of HTML? Do they really know what an algorithm is?  Guest blogger, Ben Cornford, outlines four key steps you can take to get your staff up to speed on Computing.

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16th December - Green Lizards vs Red Rectangles

It's the final lesson plan from our Rising Stars advent calendar! Today's lesson plan uses the very topical Green Lizards vs Red Rectangles, a brave and thought provoking book about war and peace.

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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!

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9th December - The Lion Inside

Behind the door on Day 7 of our advent calendar is a great lesson plan using Rachel Bright's The Lion Inside. 

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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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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.

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SEN and Working Memory

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

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What is Working Memory?

Working Memory is the ability to store and process information over a short period of time. This provides children with the capacity to think and learn.

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Register for FREE Working Scientifically CPD course

Join Rising Stars and the National Science Learning Centre for a free online science CPD course on Working Scientifically!

We are delighted to invite you to a free online science CPD course hosted by Rising Stars and the National Science Learning Centre. 

This course will explain what working scientifically means in the new curriculum and will provide practical activities to support you in the classroom. All attendees of the complete course will receive a CPD certificate of attendance from the NSLC.

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Voyagers ‘creative gold’ for teaching history and geography

Voyagers, our brand new history and geography resource for Key Stages 1 and 2, had a fantastic review in this month's Teach Primary Magazine! 

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