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Tips to engage parents with reading

How can teachers encourage parents and carers to engage in reading with their child? Here are some different ideas and tips for promoting reading - whether you’re looking to host an event, offer a few words of advice or create a positive collaborative reading ethos, there may be an idea for you…


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Wednesday Words: Year 5 vocabulary teaching activity

This week's Wednesday Words blog, brings you a Year 5 vocabulary teaching activity which uses Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem The Eagle to explore how vocabulary choices change and enhance meaning.

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Free Poetry Activities and Resources for National Poetry Day 2018

Celebrate National Poetry Day on the 4th of October with our collection of free poetry resources and activities. 

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Wednesday words: Reception vocabulary teaching activity

This week, we bring you a Reception vocabulary teaching activity which uses the story of Hansel and Gretel to help children to develop an understanding of words to describe different characters.

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Wednesday Words: Year 3 vocabulary teaching activity

This week's Wednesday Words blog, brings you a Year 3 vocabulary teaching activity which uses Alice in Wonderland to explore adverbs in fiction.

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How to embrace poetry teaching into your daily teaching

To celebrate National Poetry Day on the 4th October, Charlotte Raby (author of Rising Stars Vocabulary) explains why poetry is the quickest way to capture a child’s imagination.

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Wednesday words: Year 4 vocabulary teaching activity

In this first Wednesday Words blog, we bring you a fun Year 4 vocabulary teaching activity to help children to describe an 'intelligent predator'. In this case, the predator is the octopus.

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Summer is here! ☀

To coincide with the launch of our Summer Sale we're also giving away a free e-copy of 'The Summer Fete', a Rising Stars Reading Planet book.

It’s the start of the school holidays and time for the summer fete! The class are looking forward to running their stalls, but what happens when things start to go wrong?

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New KS1 Samples available for Rising Stars Vocabulary

Rising Stars Vocabulary provides everything you need to embed key strategies and deliver fun activities to improve vocabulary across the school. We've uploaded some new sample activies for you to download and use for free in your classroom! 

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Closing the word gap

You may have heard of the “word gap” it refers to the gap of 30 million words between different groups of children before the age of 3. Charlotte Raby (author of Rising Stars Vocabulary) explores the meaning of  the 'word gap' and explains how your school can tackle the problem. 

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