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How to help your child prepare for spelling tests…

Catherine Casey gives her top fun tips for parents in supporting their children with spelling. Read more »

Reading Planet on Sunday Brunch!

Reading Planet author and actress Nina Wadia recently appeared on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch talking about her book Bionic T1D.

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It's all about the book: how studying a whole text is the key to greater depth reading and writing in English

In this blog, Maggie McGuigan (Series Editor and author of Read in to Writing), explains why studying a whole book is key to raising attainment in English and achieving that all important 'greater depth'.

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Reading Can Future Proof Your Kids

Dr Kathy Weston talks about the positive effects of encouraging reading in your home on your child's education. Read on to find out why books aren't just for bedtime.

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Parents, do you know how powerful you are?

Read Dr Kathy Weston's 4 top tips for supporting your child's education from home.  Read more »

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 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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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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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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Exciting new literacy development research from Coventry University

We are delighted to announce that we have partnered with Coventry University in the development of our exciting new infant reading programme Rising Stars Reading Planet.  Read more »
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