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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.
  • 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.