Creative curriculum approaches: primarySee examples of how primary schools have developed a creative curriculum, and find out how schools have contextualised their creative curriculum to meet their pupils' needs.
Evaluating the primary school classroom: checklists and researchIs 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.
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 curriculumHow 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: examplesCurriculum 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)If you're looking to evaluate and improve your reading provision, see examples of reading audits from the DfE's English hubs to help you get started.
Guided reading: planning template and guidanceDownload and customise our planning template to help you organise your guided reading provision effectively. Learn how to structure groups and assess pupils, and see examples of activities to improve comprehension.
'Mastery' reading activities for pupils in Key Stage 2Are 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 2How 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- and long-term English planningShare our templates with your teachers to help them set out their long- and medium-term English plans. Get to grips with the relationship between the two, and see examples of how other schools have laid theirs out.
Phonics: teaching programmesGet to grips with the DfE's list of phonics products and its core criteria for effective phonics teaching. Find out how three schools are using phonics programmes.
Promoting reading: strategiesAre 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.
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.
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.
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: requirementsAll 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.
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. We also relay information on timetabling PSHE and Ofsted inspection of PSHE education.
Skills and knowledge audit: geography (primary)NewShare our self-assessment tool with your geography teachers to evaluate their subject knowledge and teaching confidence. Use their reflections to help you fill in our audit tool, and find resources to help you address any gaps.