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How Rushey Mead use PiRA, PUMA and Optional Tests to identify gaps in children's learning

We are a large inner-city school in Leicester with 630 pupils on roll, approximately 95% of whom speak English as an Additional Language.  These wide ranging starting points have made gap analysis through the use of accurate and reliable assessments paramount.

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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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Read it, write it, understand it - fantastic spelling activities for your classroom

Spelling currently has a higher profile than ever, thanks to the expectations for writing in the new assessments at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, which mean that a child will effectively be penalised for not being able to spell words considered appropriate for their age. 

Guest blogger Nicola Morris shares some fantastic activity ideas to help make spelling fun and engaging for pupils. 

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Prepare your assessment system for inspection

We've not got long to wait for our Primary Assessment 2016 Conference, and we’re looking forward to welcoming Headteachers, Deputy Heads and Subject Coordinators from across the country. For those of you who haven’t yet registered, here’s a summary of all that we’ll be covering on the day.

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Andrea Carr MD and Founder of Rising Stars is delighted to announce the launch of Achieve Online Mathematics

The first two resources ever published by Rising Stars were two revision guides: Achieve Level 5 English and Achieve Level 5 Maths, edited in the spare bedroom of my house in Bromley and published with much trepidation in 2002. I can hardly believe that was fourteen years ago! I’m fortunate enough to have brilliant colleagues and they have spent the last year or so developing the latest generation of Achieve resources – Achieve Online Mathematics which will launch in July 2016.

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Welcome to the launch of Rising Stars Mathematics

Rising Stars Mathematics is a brand new maths scheme written specifically for the new curriculum which we are delighted to be launching today!  Read more »

Introducing Reading Planet!

The exciting new reading programme for Reception and Key Stage 1 Rising Stars Reading Planet launches this month! Read more »

A fresh look at the classroom timeline By Bev Forrest and Stuart Tiffany

Timelines should be an exciting and dynamic feature of the classroom. Are you using timelines to help children with their chronological understanding? Bev Forrest and Stuart Tiffany offer some useful advice about creating exciting timelines to develop childrens' understanding of chronology. Read more »

Making the most of your PE and Sport Premium Funding

Are you making the most of your PE and Sport Premium Funding? Gill Cameron, a physical education specialist with 16 years of practical teaching experience across both primary and secondary phases tells you all you need to know about using this funding in the latest issue of 'In a Nutshell'. Read more »
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