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Primary school children perform well overall in this year’s KS2 national tests

As the new autumn term approaches, many schools will be interested to hear the latest announcement from the Department for Education which states that primary school children have performed well overall in this year’s key stage 2 national tests, with four out of five children achieving good results in all subjects.

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A quick reference guide to changes in the National Tests and what you need to know

In order to support teachers with preparation for the new National Tests, we asked Deputy Head Michael Tidd to put together a quick reference guide to the changes in the tests and what this means for teachers. 

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Insight into working scientifically

Interested in attending a free CPD event on working scientifically? Want to collaborate with other teachers and hear from a primary science expert? Join the National STEM Centre and Rising Stars for Insight into Working Scientifically!

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Test fitness at primary schools to diffuse the ‘ticking time bomb’ of health problems, says ukactive

To celebrate National School Sport Week 2015, Rising Stars will be looking at PE in primary schools, and some of the great things that schools have planned for this week! Today, we're looking at the recent report 'Generation Inactive' from ukactive, which has suggested that primary pupils be tested for fitness, just as they would for maths and English skills.

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E-safety week!

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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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Why Schools love Switched on Science

Want to know why schools love Switched on Science? Check out this video from Barrow Hedges Primary School on how Switched on Science helped their children. 


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Nasen Live 2015: Only a few days to go!

We are delighted to be attending this year's Nasen Live show on the 20th and 21st May at the Macron Stadium, Bolton. This year's show focuses on “9 months into reform – early indicators of impact and planning for the year ahead”. 

Find out more about our New Curriculum resources and pick up your FREE sample of one of our new series WordBlaze at Stand H3.

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Teaching Evolution at Key Stage 2

The teaching of evolution at Key Stage 2 is a much talked about topic amongst the teaching profession. Apart from the cultural and religious perspective of many families, it is a topic that is also appears at first simple but is actually quite complex and open to misinterpretation. This blog post attempts to help teachers tackle this difficult topic in the new science curriculum!

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Your March Fractions Challenge

Following on from the article on fractions, here are some ideas for exploring equivalence.


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