Progression grids: primary

Progression grids can help teachers understand what progress looks like for their pupils. Have a look at these examples of subject and skills progression grids to help you develop your own.

Last reviewed on 28 November 2022
School types: All · School phases: Primary
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  1. Why use progression grids?
  2. Subject progression grids
  3. Skills progression grids

Why use progression grids?

The National Curriculum sets out what should be taught in each year group or phase in the core subjects English, maths and science.

For foundation subjects, expectations are set out by Key Stage.

Some schools use progression grids to break down learning year by year or phase by phase. This can:

  • Help class teachers pitch their lessons appropriately
  • Provide a benchmark for what school leaders should expect to see when scrutinising each year group or phase

Subject progression grids

Examples from schools

Most of these progression grids are for foundation subjects. Some schools have explained what learning will look like by the end of each year, others by the end of year 2, 4 and 6.

Michael Tidd, a primary practitioner, has published progression grids for English and maths according to year group. The English