Welcome to Rising Stars 2017! It’s hard to believe another year has passed. As ever we are hugely grateful for your support over the last 12 months. We all hope that we have helped you and your children with the changes and challenges you have had to face. 2016 has been a busy year for us at Rising Stars! Here are some of our favourites from the last 12 months and a few highlights you can expect in 2017. Rising Stars Reading Planet – we are absolutely thrilled to have launched this exciting new reading programme based on the latest literacy research in the UK. Head to page 6 to meet Tess, Finn, Rav and Asha! Cracking Comprehension – now updated in a new edition, this tried and trusted favourite continues to support children in developing and improving their reading comprehension skills. See page 14 for details. Rising Stars Spelling – a lively and flexible new spelling programme for the new curriculum. Head to page 20 for details. Rising Stars Mathematics – this whole-school teaching and learning programme offers a refreshing approach to mastering the new maths curriculum. We’re also very excited to be extending the scheme to the Early Years! Find out more on page 24. Rising Stars Assessment – our assessment range is now used by over 11,000 schools across the country! Whether it’s questions to support formative assessment, standardised tests or papers in the style of the national tests, we are sure to have something for you. Browse pages 44 – 59 to see the full range. And that’s just the beginning. We’re also looking ahead to a fantastic 2017! Our favourites include: Cracking Writing – a flexible new writing programme to improve writing standards in your school. See page 13 for details. New Curriculum Reading Comprehension Tests – prepare for the more demanding reading paper in the national tests with this new comprehension resource. Find out more on page 16. GAPS – part of the much-loved PiRA and PUMA range, this brand new termly standardised assessment for grammar, punctuation and spelling is sure to be hugely popular. See page 57 for details. Computing Assessment Tasks – an exciting addition to our assessment range! These flexible tasks help teachers to check where children are in their learning. Take a look at page 58 to find out more. Switched on Minecraft – we are thrilled to be launching this complete guide to using Minecraft in the classroom. Head to page 34 to find out more. Switched on Online Safety – brand new online safety lessons and supporting CPD to help schools deliver a whole-school online safety policy. Turn to page 36 for details. As always, we would love to hear your feedback. If you would like to get in touch with any comments about our resources, or new ideas for the future, email us at . Wishing you and your children a successful and happy 2017!


Reading Comprehension Tests New Curriculum

Andrea Carr Founder of Rising Stars

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