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Introducing Switched on Minecraft!

Played by over 100 million users worldwide and loved by children across the UK, Minecraft provides teachers with an open-ended educational tool that can be used to engage children and enhance learning across all subjects.

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Rising Stars launches Switched on Minecraft

Engage all children with Minecraft-based cross-curricular activities!

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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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Keeping end points on your radar

The first of the new Key Stage 2 National Tests are fast approaching. If you are planning on a revision programme, or even if you aren’t, it is probably best to be aware of the areas that will be included in the tests that have not been taught in Year 6. Thank to Mathematics Advisor Caroline Clissold for this valuable article on end points.

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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. 

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Twitter takeover! #ASKMBERRY

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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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E-safety competition - we visit the winning school!

Back in the summer term, the Switched on Computing team ran an e-safety competition to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology. We sent out a free e-safety poster to all schools, challenging children to design their own e-safety poster! The brief was clear – it needed to be colourful and eye-catching with a strong e-safety message.

After much consideration, the judging panel (including HES and Switched on Computing author Miles Berry), announced Alex from Smawthorne Henry Moore Primary School in Castleford as the winner! They were really impressed with the creative design, attention to detail and the positive e-safety message. As a prize, the poster was recreated by one of our top designers and professionally printed.

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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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