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Unlock the potential of oral history in your classroom

Bev Forrest talks to us about the positive, lasting impact an oral history project can have to your pupils and how easy it is to link our History Voyagers package to the 2014 curriculum.

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Breaking down barriers – Steps to promoting greater diversity in your primary History teaching

Bev argues that there should be more diversity with relation to disability in the teaching of History in schools Read more »

Why do we study the Great Fire of London at Key Stage 1?

Bev Forrest thinks it’s time for a fresh look at our study of significant events.

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Implications for Teaching and Learning 2017 - a preview

Every year, Rising Stars commissions a team of experienced teachers and consultants to review the Key Stage 2 national test papers. They provide analysis of the questions, which help schools prepare children for future tests - find out more about the reports here. Read more »

Curiosity, creativity and conversation – maximising the impact of object learning in your classroom

Bev Forrest and Stuart Tiffany discuss the importance of using objects in engaging, hands-on history lessons. 

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How Yew Tree Community School used Achieve 100 for national test success

At Rising Stars we love hearing from schools about how they are putting our resources to work in the classroom. Dawn Saxena, Assistant Head, Maths Leader and Year 6 Leader at Yew Tree Community School, talks about how her school has been using Achieve for national test success!

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Using a high-quality text to teach a range of reading and writing objectives

After the launch of this year’s Great British Bake Off, it seems timely to share David Melling’s latest Hugless Douglas classic, ‘Hugless Douglas and the Great Cake Bake.’ This resource demonstrates how a high quality text can be used to teach a range of NC objectives spanning across both key stages. Many thanks to Maddy Barnes for the fantastic ideas. 

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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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Andrea Carr MD and Founder of Rising Stars is delighted to announce the launch of Achieve Online Mathematics

The first two resources ever published by Rising Stars were two revision guides: Achieve Level 5 English and Achieve Level 5 Maths, edited in the spare bedroom of my house in Bromley and published with much trepidation in 2002. I can hardly believe that was fourteen years ago! I’m fortunate enough to have brilliant colleagues and they have spent the last year or so developing the latest generation of Achieve resources – Achieve Online Mathematics which will launch in July 2016.

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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 »
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