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Curriculum

We're here to help you to provide an Education Anywhere

Whether you’re in the classroom or teaching online, our resources are here to help you carry on teaching, learning and supporting your pupils wherever they are.

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Curriculum

Grammar in the curriculum - What's the difference between an adverb and an adverbial?

Watch Shareen Wilkinson's Vlog, breaking down and unpicking some of the trickiest aspects of grammar. 

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Curriculum

Remote Learning with Switched on Computing

With school closures continuing and schools looking for resources to help teachers and students cope, Adam Chase, author of our Switched on Computing digital resources has put together some suggestions for ways that Switched on Computing can help you and your pupils, no matter where they're learning. 

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Assessment

What does RS Assessment's white paper reveal about attainment?

Everyone in the country has been, and is continuing to be, affected by COVID-19 and the real impact on children’s education will take a while to be fully understood. Education expert and author, Siobhan Skeffington, discusses the importance of RS Assessment’s white paper and why it's an unbelievably valuable tool if you want to gage a snapshot of the impact of COVID-19 so far.

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3 Practical Tips for Preparing for the 2021 Mathematics Tests for Year 6

By this time of year we have usually spent numerous hours analysing the latest test papers and drawing out implications for teaching for the new academic year. This year, of course, is so very different but there is still a lot we can learn from the assessments we have seen so far.

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Curriculum

5 Practical Tips for Preparing for the 2021 Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Tests

After the school closures, it seems that KS2 assessments are going ahead this year. Therefore, what do pupils need to know and understand? We asked Shareen Wilkinson (Mayers) to share her thoughts and ideas. 

Please also see Shareen’s blog on preparing for the reading paper, where she highlights key strategies for embedding learning that are applicable for teaching grammar. Here are some top tips to help you to begin with:  

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Curriculum

5 Practical Tips for Preparing for the 2021 Reading Tests for Years 5 and 6

After the school closures, it seems that KS2 assessments are going ahead this year. Therefore, what should teachers be focussing on? We asked Shareen Wilkinson (Mayers) to share her thoughts and ideas.

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Assessment

Why the focus should be on securing progress rather than catching up

The gaps that existed pre-pandemic continue and may have widened. Most children will have forgotten some things and need reminding and refreshing in order to access new learning. So what should schools do? Eleanor Hick, co-creator of Shine: Targeted Interventions for Primary, discusses.

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Assessment

What strategies really work to improve Literacy in the classroom?

As teachers we’re always looking for the ‘Holy Grail’ of the classroom - what makes the biggest difference in the shortest time. Luckily for us, all the research on what works in the classroom has been done by the Education Endowment Foundation. So particularly now, when every school is trying to make up for lost COVID time, we need to use the invaluable groundwork the EEF has done to help us make every lesson count. Dee Reid, co-creator of Shine: Targeted Interventions for Primary, discusses what strategies really work to improve Literacy in the classroom.

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Assessment

The impact of lockdown on children at the beginning of their reading journey

Lockdown was hard for everyone, but particularly so for children and teachers in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, especially with regard to phonics and reading. Teachers worked so hard to ensure their children had access to appropriate resources and parents did their very best to be teachers. However, despite everyone’s best efforts, many children had six months without regular access to a structured progression of reading books. This loss has impacted not just the children’s reading skills, but also their belief in themselves as readers. Kate Ruttle, co-creator of Shine: Targeted Interventions for Primary, discusses the impact of lockdown on children at the beginning of their reading journey.

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