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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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Using trinkets in phonics teaching

Abigail Steel, EYFS teacher and educational consultant, looks at how we can use trinkets to enhance phonics teaching, adding a sensory, kinesthetic dimension to lessons.

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Are we missing a vital ingredient when teaching reading?

Prof. Clare Wood explains what happens when we combine phonics teaching with focussed speech rhythm activities in our everyday teaching.

 

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Reading Planet World Book Day Competition!

Win an author visit to your school from storytelling pair extraordinaire Adam and Charlotte Guillain!


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Autumnal Reading Activities for Years 1, 2 & 3

As the Autumnal activities begin to take place – carving pumpkins, lightning sparklers and collecting conkers in the park – perhaps we should look towards sharing some high-quality texts with pupils in years 1, 2 and 3.

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Reading Planet Competition Time!

Want to know how you could win 72 banded reading books from our new reading programme for your school?  We have a wonderful twitter competition running for the launch week of Reading Planet running from Monday 31st October to Friday 4th November 2016! 

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Reading Rocks 2016!

On October 1st, Rising Stars were thrilled to sponsor Reading Rocks 2016. A one-day spectacular reading festival for primary school teachers whose aim is to make reading rock for every pupil!

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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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A brand new approach to inspiring reluctant readers - New Star Soccer G-Story

This week Hachette UK launched a new and innovative approach to story-telling, helping inspire reluctant readers with the launch of New Star Soccer G-Story: a book and a mobile game.

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