One stop shop for @Suchmo83 resources

I hope you find something useful in here. Feel free to share these resources as you see fit, but please mention where you got them from when you do. Thanks.


This is a science curriculum document. It is around 15,000 words long and about 50 pages. It spells out in detail the knowledge and skills to be taught for every primary science topic. It also has twelve ‘big ideas’ of science delineated and linked to each topic, repeated key concepts highlighted in bold and key vocabulary highlighted for each topic. (For more information read this blog –

These are primary science planning help sheets. They suggest enquiries for each topic in the primary science curriculum, show links to online science resources and show how different aspects of science link to the primary mathematics curriculum:


This is a list of underlying conceptual and mental maths objectives that I think underpin progress in mathematics. Very often, when a child is struggling to grasp another concept, it is one of these fundamentals that is weak. Beyond summative data, this is the only objective-by-objective data that I would want teachers to track as a child progressed through the school. If a child was struggling in mathematics, it would be these areas that I would target in interventions. (NB – Although these fundamentals are divided into year groups, they are done so as to broadly match the national curriculum, rather than as any particular guide as to when they should be taught. For more on this, read this blog: )

This is a Powerpoint/Smartboard resource that shows the numbers from 1-100 in dienes and on a number-line so that children can focus on either – or both – of the cardinal and ordinal aspects of number as they learn to count. (NB – in the downloadable version, the ones have been resized to match the tens):

And for those of you without Smartboards, here is a Powerpoint version:

Here is a Powerpoint resource to support the teaching of subitising, number bonds and calculations strategies (e.g. near doubling, bridging through ten, etc):


This is my tier-two vocabulary word list. It was created using Coxhead’s Academic Word List and the tier-two words found among several lists of the most common words in the English language. (References for these can be found in the document itself. If you would like to know the rationale used for choosing the vocabulary, read this blog:

Here is a list of useful root words for primary teaching of vocabulary:

Here are some notes and key quotes from Mark Seidenberg’s excellent book on the science behind reading, Language at the Speed of Sight. It is, in my view, essential reading for any person who teaches reading:

Here is a selection of texts that I have used for fluency practice in year two. Each is a short paragraph on a non-fiction subject (except for one brief re-telling of a fairy tale):

CPD resources

Here is a Powerpoint I used to deliver an inset on cognitive load theory. Please get in touch if you want any advice on how you might share this with colleagues:

Here is a Powerpoint I used to deliver a session on the science behind reading. Please get in touch if you want any advice on how you might share this with colleagues:

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