Section 3

Unit 3.1: Approaching Long- and Medium-term Planning

Cambridge Primary Review:

Department for Children, Schools and Families:

This has advice and links to aspects of policy, including the curriculum, assessment of pupil progress and curriculum consultation. Early Years Foundation Stage:
or the Primary National Strategies website (see below).

Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum (Rose Review):

International Primary Curriculum:

Mantle of the Expert:
These two sites (above) have curriculum materials for commercial curricula.

National Curriculum (based on the 2000 version):
As there have been small changes to the statements of attainment for English, this is now more up to date than the printed versions.

Primary National Strategies for Literacy and Mathematics:
There is also a great deal of planning advice on this site. The EYFS can also be found here at:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority/Department for Children, Schools and Family Schemes of Work:
This site now hosts the QCA/DCSF schemes of work for the various subjects in the primary curriculum. The site states that:

Many schools take the schemes of work as the starting point for their plans. They make their own decisions about how to make best use of this resource, remembering that the schemes are not statutory. Schools can use as much or as little as they wish and are free to devise their own ways of meeting the requirements of the national curriculum.

There is also guidance here on how to plan with the schemes and adapt units of work.

Unit 3.2: Approaching Short-term Planning

Beadle, P. (2007) ‘Shhh, let's not tell the kids what we're trying to do’, The Guardian, 16 January:

Primary National Strategies:
This site contains the frameworks for literacy and numeracy as well as plenty of ‘exemplified units of work’, that is, medium- and shorter-term plans for teaching.

This site offers access to over 2,000 lesson plans and has invaluable advice about many aspects of planning.

Unit 3.3: Organising Your Classroom for Learning

Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) Primary Framework for Literacy and Mathematics:

Learning Outside the Classroom:
This DCSF site has a useful section on organising learning outside the classroom.

Reflective Teaching:
Andrew Pollard's website has a good section on classroom organisation.

Teachers Talking About Learning:
This Unicef site provides an excellent archive of writings about child-friendly approaches to learning.

Unit 3.4: Managing Classroom Behaviour

Supported by the Training and Development Agency for Schools, this site contains up-to-date commentaries and reports on research and policy developments in respect of behaviour in schools. You will also find a link to the recent series of reports by the Practitioners’ Group on school discipline and pupil behaviour announced in the Children's Plan (

Department for Children, Schools and Families:
This site contains advice and reference material for practitioners to reduce absenteeism and exclusions and improve behaviour. It includes information on the Behaviour and Education Support Teams, who are multi-agency teams that work closely with defined groups of schools to provide whole-school, group and individual support to address the needs of children and young people with emotional and behavioural problems. (For integrated, multi-agency working, see also:

National Health Service (NHS) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Clinical guideline CG72):

Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) Professional Standards for Qualified Teacher Status and Requirements for Initial Teacher Training:

Unit 3.5: Organising Effective Classroom Talk

Dawes, L. (2008) ‘Are these useful rules for discussion?’:

Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum (Rose Review):

Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) Primary Framework for Literacy
The Speaking and Listening sections of the Literacy Strategy provide a structure for integrating effective talk into classroom activities. This site gives objectives from Foundation Stage to Year 6. Click ‘Learning objectives’ and you will be asked to specify a year group.

Year 4 Science: Habitats:

Year 4 Science: Friction:

Unit 3.6: Organising and Managing Learning Outside the Classroom

Use these terms to search for websites providing information on learning outside the classroom, fieldwork organisation and places to visit: ‘field study’, ‘field trips’, ‘field visits’, ‘fieldwork’, ‘site visits’, ‘outdoor learning’, ‘out-of-classroom learning’ and ‘learning outside the classroom’. They will lead you to websites providing a wide variety of out-of-classroom activities and locations. Among those you should consult are:

Association for Science Education:

Council for Learning Outside the Classroom:

English Outdoor Council:

Farming & Countryside Education:

Geography Teaching Today:

Geographical Association:

Growing Schools:

Historical Association:

Institute of Outdoor Education:

Learning Outside the Classroom:

Learning Through Landscapes:

School Journeys Association:

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