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Curriculum

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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Assessment

How we use light-touch, formative assessment throughout the year

Thanks to Ruth Duckworth, Year 6 teacher, for the following article.

The most effective teachers not only refine starting points, but also make regular adjustments to planning during the learning journey.

As the new term starts and classroom timetables settle down to 'real' lessons, it is easy to roll with the planning as it is - especially if you're teaching in the same year group as last year. It's comfortable to start with the same topics, for example reading and exploring a novel you're familiar with, often teaching virtually the same lessons all over again.

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Curriculum

5 ways Assessment Bank can reduce teacher workload

The recent workload report, the DfE highlights the importance of reducing unnecessary tasks so more time can be spent focusing on teaching.  With instant and unlimited access for every teacher in your school, Assessment Bank makes creating and sharing tests with your colleagues easier than ever.

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Curriculum

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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Assessment

2018 National curriculum assessments at KS2

On 4th September 2018, the DfE published provisional attainment statistics for the 2018 KS2 national curriculum assessments.

Summary of the 2018 KS2 national curriculum assessments:

  • This year, 64% of pupils reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, compared to 61% in 2017.
  • Attainment at the expected standard has increased across all subjects.
    • 75% of pupils reached the expected standard in reading.
    • 76% of pupils reached the expected standard in maths.
    • 78% of pupils reached the expected standard in grammar, punctuation and spelling.

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Curriculum

How to design your maths curriculum Part 2: Implementation

Now you’ve decided the intent of your maths curriculum, read on for tips about successful implementation planning.

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Curriculum

Tennyson Road Open Day in association with Rising Stars

Come along to a free open day event in Luton and find out more about how other schools are using our resources! Read more »
Assessment

New Pre-key Stage Standards: What schools need to know

Thanks to Sarah Minty, Commissioning Editor for SEN at RS Assessment from Hodder Education, for the following article.

Following a government consultation on the Rochford Review, the pre-key stage standards, which have been in place for 2017/2018, are now final, after a review by teachers and other educational experts.

From summer 2019, teachers must use these pre-key stage standards to make statutory assessment judgements at the end of KS1 and KS2, for any pupils who are working below the national curriculum teacher assessment frameworks and above P scale 4.

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Curriculum

Rising Stars Reading Planet Summer Challenge Launch!

We're super excited to tell you all about the launch of the Rising Stars Reading Planet Summer Challenge!

In this blog we'll tell you all about how you and your child can get involved and be in with a chance of winning a £50 book voucher. We'll also take a look at why and how you should be encouraging your child to read for pleasure.

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Assessment

Transforming children and young people's mental health provision: green paper

Between December 2017 and March 2018 the Department for Education and the Department of Health & Social Care held a public consultation on 'Transforming children and young people's mental health provision'.  The consultation received 2,700 responses and on 25th July 2018 the DfE published a green paper focusing on earlier intervention and prevention in schools.

 

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