Primary Curriculum Resource Pack

Fantastic resources from Michael Tidd

Ramblings of a Teacher

Over the past year I have tried to create and collate resources which might be useful for primary schools rolling out the new curriculum. Many of these have been shared on this blog, and also on my website.

To try to make it easier for schools and teachers to get the key resources, I have now compiled the 12 main documents into a single download. The zip-file pack contains:


  • Curriculum overview for Years 1 to 6 for all subjects
  • Blank Word Document template for schools to create their own jigsaws (perhaps to share with parents on their websites)

Changes Document

  • A detailed booklet breaking down the changes in each of the core subjects by year group, comparing learning objectives against the primary frameworks for English and Maths, and the QCA plans for Science.

Progression documents

  • One document each for Reading, Writing and Maths showing all the National…

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Back to the Future

Freeing the Angel

I went to school in the 1970’s. Some people say this was the time when it all went wrong. When state schools became all fluffy and child centred, when they renounced the traditional methods. Perhaps I just went to the wrong kind of state school, but this is not my memory at all. I remember it as a time when we kept our mouths shut and did as we were told. A time when those of us who refused to comply would be screamed at, humiliated, or beaten with a cane. Our lessons were traditional, we learned by rote, and we did an awful lot of copying from the board. Children were streamed by their perceived ability, with those at the ‘top’ given extra attention, while those at the ‘bottom’ were shunted to one side.

This is not a time to which I would want us to return. Despite all…

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Lollipop Moments

Fantastic blog to carry away for the summer


It’s the end of term.  Mixed in with the euphoria of finishing and looking forward to the summer break is the moment of looking back and reflecting on what has been.  Over the past fourteen years of headship I started every school day, with the staff, by sharing a prayer, thought or reflection.  The other morning Jeremy led prayers with a reflection by Drew Dudley.  You’ll need to like your reflections with a lot of cheese.  I do, so here goes.

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