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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.
  • Grammar: learning objectives (primary) See examples of learning objectives for grammar at Key Stage (KS)1 and KS2 from the National Curriculum, schools and 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.
  • '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- and long-term English planning Share 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 programmes Get 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.