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  • Creative curriculum approaches: primary Are there examples of different approaches to a creative curriculum? In this article, we look at examples of creative curriculum approaches from three primary schools. We also include research on designing creative curriculums and some case studies.
  • Curriculum requirements: maintained primary schools If you're reviewing or updating your curriculum, find out what you need to cover to stay compliant with requirements and meet DfE expectations.
  • Curriculum requirements: primary academies If you're reviewing or updating your curriculum, find out what you need to cover to stay compliant with requirements and meet DfE expectations.
  • Curriculum statements (primary) Are there any curriculum statements from primary schools? In this article, we include a curriculum statement written by one of our association education experts, which schools can adapt for their own websites. We also link to examples of curriculum statements from primary schools.
  • Evaluating the primary school classroom: checklists and research Is there a checklist to evaluate a primary classroom? We worked with our associate education experts to create a checklist, which is attached as a downloadable KeyDoc. We also include examples of school checklists and research on effective classroom environments.
  • Integrated curriculum planning (primary) Are there any examples of cross-curricular planning for primary schools? We outline guidance on how to approach planning cross-curricular provision. We also include examples of schools using this approach, and link to websites that host planning resources.
  • Lesson planning templates (primary) Are there examples of lesson planning templates for primary schools? In this article, we include three KeyDoc lesson planning templates, created with one of our experts, which you can download. We also link to lesson planning templates hosted by TES.
  • Mixed-age classes: delivering the primary curriculum How can we deliver the primary curriculum to mixed-age classes? We relay advice from our associate education experts on how schools could deliver the curriculum to mixed-age classes. We also look at year plans for mixed-age provision from primary schools.
  • Primary curriculum maps: examples Curriculum maps tell people what’s being taught in your school and when. Look at examples of whole-school and year group specific maps from a range of primary schools.
  • Reading audits (primary) Are there examples of whole-school reading audits? We look at examples of audits that can be used to audit school-wide reading provision, as well as further guidance on promoting reading.
  • Short-term planning in English and maths (primary) How can we improve short-term planning in English and maths? We relay advice from three of our associate education experts, and link to examples of the short-term English teaching structures used by three primary schools. We also link to examples of weekly planning grids for English and maths.
  • Subject leadership: checklist for the new academic year (primary) Use our downloadable checklist of tasks to help get your subject in line for the new academic year.
  • Working walls (primary) What are the features of effective working walls? We refer to guidance on the purpose and features of working walls. We also relay advice from one of our associate experts on the impact of working walls on pupils, and link to examples from primary schools.
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  • Alternative to guided reading: whole-class reading Some schools are moving away from 'carousel' reading sessions and implementing whole-class reading. Learn how this approach can work and how to introduce it in your school.
  • Book bands: using them under the 2014 National Curriculum How can we use book bands for reading now that levels have been removed? We relay advice from two of our associate education experts, and look at examples of how schools are currently using book bands.
  • Grammar: year group learning objectives (primary) Are there any learning objectives for grammar at Key Stage (KS) 1 and 2? We summarise objectives related to grammar in the National Curriculum. We also refer to the KS1 and KS2 grammar, punctuation and spelling test, and to grammar objectives from a practitioner.
  • Guided reading: organising your provision Organise your guided reading provision effectively with our downloadable planning template, and use our guidance on structuring sessions, selecting texts and conducting assessments.
  • Handwriting: which style? Should we teach a cursive or non-cursive style of handwriting? We refer to statutory requirements for handwriting in the 2014 curriculum, and link to guidance from the National Strategies. This article also cites a number of sources that debate the use of joined-up writing.
  • How to observe guided reading: template and guidance Effectively monitor your guided reading provision with our session observation form, and guidance on how to observe reading.
  • Listening to pupils read: prompts Use and adapt our list of prompts to help teachers and support staff to comment on pupils' reading ability.
  • 'Mastery' reading activities for pupils in Key Stage 2 Are there ‘mastery’ reading activities for Key Stage (KS) 2 pupils? We relay advice from one of our experts on activities for pupils working at a mastery level. We also look at a mastery curriculum developed by a teaching school alliance, and explain there is no mastery standard for KS2 reading.
  • Mastery teaching in writing in Key Stage 2 How can we teach mastery in writing in KS2? In this article we relay advice from two of our associate education experts on how schools can teach and show mastery in writing. We also link to further articles on mastery activities in writing, reading and maths.
  • Medium-term and long-term English planning Are there examples of medium and long-term plans for English? In this article we include KeyDoc templates for medium and long-term English plans and relay expert advice on medium and long-term planning. You will also see examples of medium and long-term English plans from schools.
  • Phonics: teaching programmes What are the approved phonics programmes we can use? We refer to the Department for Education's list of phonics products and its core criteria for effective phonics teaching. We also look at examples of how phonics programmes are used in three schools.
  • Picking the right reading approach: carousel vs whole-class Know the pros and cons of the carousel and whole-class approaches to reading, so you can decide which method is right for your school.
  • Promoting reading: strategies Are there examples of strategies for promoting reading across the school? This article links to a range of case studies, resources and ideas for raising the profile of reading across the whole school community. You will also find information on events, programmes and libraries.
  • Pupil targets: reading and writing (primary) Are there examples of reading and writing targets? This article cites examples of reading and writing targets developed by a school, and refers to further examples from commercial providers. It also points to another article from The Key on setting targets for the National Curriculum.
  • Raising attainment in writing (primary) Follow our 5-step guide to find out how you can raise attainment in writing across your school. Know what good practice looks like and use it on a whole-school or teacher level.
  • Reading book lists (primary) Are there any reading lists to support the English curriculum? English programmes of study for Key Stage (KS) 1 and 2 do not contain reading lists. However, this article highlights reading lists from primary schools and education organisations.
  • Spelling: development beyond phonics When should children be taught correct rather than phonetic spelling? We refer to the National Curriculum for English, which has guidance on spelling and phonics. You will also find a spelling policy from a school.
  • Spelling schemes (primary) Are there spelling schemes for the National Curriculum? This article looks at examples of free and commercial spelling schemes, including some that cover punctuation and grammar. We also relay advice from experts on resource budgeting.
  • Structuring the English curriculum (primary) How can we structure our English curriculum? We link to the English programmes of study from the National Curriculum, and one of our associate education experts suggests an approach to planning the English curriculum. We also look at examples of how schools have structured their English provision.
  • Work scrutiny: writing (primary) Find out what you need to consider when conducting a writing book scrutiny.
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  • Developing maths talk Understand the importance of developing maths talk and learn how teachers can build opportunities for maths talk into their teaching. See how one school has developed a maths talk approach.
  • Maths: schemes of work (primary) Are there examples of maths schemes of work? We refer to examples of free and paid-for schemes of work from a range of providers. Read advice from 1 of our associate experts on developing a scheme of work in another of our articles.
  • Maths vocabulary (primary) Is there a list of maths vocabulary for the National Curriculum? We include a KeyDoc, produced with one of our associate education experts, setting out maths vocabulary for years 1 to 6 in line with the National Curriculum. We also look at examples of maths vocabulary lists from primary schools.
  • Medium and long-term maths planning (primary) Are there medium and long-term plans for the primary maths curriculum? We relay advice from one of our associate experts on the purpose of medium and long-term planning, and link to guidance on effective planning. We also link to examples of medium and long-term maths plans from primary schools.
  • Setting targets in maths (primary) How can schools set maths targets for pupils? We link to examples of approaches for settings maths targets, including 'I can' statements and taking key objectives from the maths curriculum. We also link to another article on setting personal targets for pupils.
  • Times tables provision See how other schools teach multiplication tables and how they share this with pupils and parents on their websites and in polices.
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  • Computing: planning and assessment (primary) How can we plan for and assess the computing curriculum? In this article we look at guidance from the Department for Education, Computing at School, and NAACE on planning and assessment. You will also find a case study from a school on how it assesses computing.
  • Computing schemes of work (primary) Are there examples of schemes of work for primary computing? This article highlights examples of computing schemes of work for the EYFS and years 1-6 from primary schools. You will also find a scheme of work from the TES, on computing in the EYFS.
  • KS1 and KS2 swimming: requirements All maintained schools must teach swimming in Key Stage 1 or 2. Find out what you need to publish on your website about this, and what to do when a parent wants to withdraw their child.
  • 'Mastery' standard activities for Key Stage 1 Are there 'mastery' activities for English and mathematics? In this article, we relay advice from two of our associate education experts on activities for pupils who are at 'mastery' standard in Key Stage 1. We also look at how one school teaches mastery in maths and reading.
  • PSHE resources (primary) Are there examples of PSHE resources? We look at examples of personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education schemes of work for primary schools, and link to examples of progression statements. We also relay information on timetabling PSHE and Ofsted inspection of PSHE education.
  • Relationships and health education: new requirements from 2020 (primary) You have to teach health and relationships education under new guidance. Find out what you’ll be expected to cover and what the guidance says about sex education.
  • Sex and relationship education: resources (primary) Find resources to support you with delivering your sex and relationships education curriculum, including lesson plans and activities.
  • Sex and relationship education (SRE): statutory components pre-2020/21 Find out what the pre-2020/21 statutory SRE curriculum requirements are in primary and secondary schools.
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