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Parents, our time has come!

As someone who passionately believes in the power of parental engagement to transform children’s outcomes, this COVID-19 crisis offers an opportunity for all of us. I know it can feel daunting to suddenly and unexpectedly be in charge of home learning, so here are some easy guidelines to follow that may make it easier:

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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 »

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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Keeping Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Practical and Fun

Does your class groan and moan when it’s time for grammar, spelling and punctuation work?
Grammar doesn’t have to be boring or completed sat at a table with a piece of paper and pencil. Try some of the ideas below to get kids moving around and having fun as they learn about grammar, spelling and punctuation.  

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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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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, Charlotte Raby (author of Rising Stars Vocabulary) explains why poetry is the quickest way to capture a child's imagination. 

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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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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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