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Ten oral blending activities

A variety of different activities for the classroom.

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Ten blending activities

These games can be played at most phases if the words are carefully selected.

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Ten segmenting activities

A list of useful segmenting activities to use in the classroom.

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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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KS1 GaPS, preparing your pupils to pass the test

Maddy Barnes looks at how best to prepare children for the 2016 KS1 GaPS test.

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Teaching GPS through song lyrics?

Maddy Barnes discusses exciting and engaging ways to teach, track and assess GPS in both Key Stage 1 and 2!

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Identify and ensure progress for your more able pupils in English, maths and science

Rising Stars Progression Frameworks for Teaching the More Able helps you to identify those children exceeding expectations in order to ensure that they continue to progress. Download yours for free in our 'free stuff' area.

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Need-to-know content for Year 5 in the new curriculum

This page outlines some of the key elements of the new curriculum which are intended to be taught in Years 3 or 4, and which therefore do not appear in the new upper Key Stage 2 curriculum. 

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