Curriculum & Assessment Resources

In an attempt to rationalise my collections of resources, I’m going to try to post all of the various things I’ve shared here on a central page. Please feel free to download and share them with primary colleagues.

Video Resources

Key Stage 1 Tests – Parents Information Video (downloadable version here)

Key Stage 2 Tests – Parents Information Video (downloadable version here)

Calculating Progress Video (downloadable version here)

New Curriculum Organisation Resources

EYFS Curriculum Overview

EYFS Curriculum Overview

EYFS Jigsaw template

EYFS Jigsaw template

National Curriculum layout

KS1-KS2 Curriculum Overview

Blank Curriculum Overview Template

Blank Curriculum Overview Template

Example progression document

Reading Progression map

Writing Progression map

Writing Progression map

Maths Progression map

Maths Progression map


Core Subject Changes in detail

NC Changes Powerpoint

NC Changes Powerpoint

Rising Stars Curriculum Guide for Parents

Rising Stars Curriculum Guide for Parents

Jo Harbour's KIRFs for Primary Maths

Jo Harbour‘s KIRFs for Primary Maths

Music progression document (by Tim Clarke)

Tim Clarke‘s Music progression document


Bryn Goodman‘s Computing Assessment Tables

History ‘Cheat Sheets’

Download the full booklet of 'cheat sheets'

Download the full booklet of ‘cheat sheets (8MB)’

1. Stone Age to Iron Age

1. Stone Age to Iron Age

2. Roman Britain

2. Roman Britain

3. Anglo-Saxons & Scots

3. Anglo-Saxons & Scots

4. Anglo-Saxons & Vikings

5. Ancient Greece

6. Ancient Sumer

6. Ancient Sumer

7. Indus Valley

7. Indus Valley

8. Ancient Egypt

8. Ancient Egypt

9. Shang Dynasty of China

9. Shang Dynasty of China

10. Early Islamic Civilisation

10. Early Islamic Civilisation

11. Mayan Civilisation

11. Mayan Civilisation

12. Benin, West Africa

12. Benin, West Africa

Assessment Resources

Reading Key Objectives

Reading Key Objectives

Writing Key Objectives

Writing Key Objectives

Maths Key Objectives

Maths Key Objectives

Science Key Objectives

Science Key Objectives

Year 5 Tracking Sheet

Foundation Subject Tracking


106 thoughts on “Curriculum & Assessment Resources

  1. Lou Dollings 19 January 2015 at 2:34 pm Reply

    Is number 12 on Benin missing from the history cheat sheets?

    • Michael Tidd 19 January 2015 at 3:35 pm Reply

      I’m afraid it’s the only one that’s not yet complete. Partly because of the fact that the DfE chose a dreadful period to highlight, and partly because it’s been the hardest to put together!

      • Kerry Louise 19 September 2015 at 2:30 pm Reply

        Hi Michael. Firstly i would like to say a big thanks for sharing such fantastic resources 🙂 Secondly could i just ask if you do a KS1 history cheats? Or any other cheats, I found the KS2 one so helpful.


  2. akurasho 21 January 2015 at 2:58 am Reply

    Thanks for generously sharing these resources. Even though the curriculum is different I am sure the progress maps will be especially useful for new teachers like myself.

    • Jane 1 October 2020 at 11:27 am Reply

      Hi akursho please can you just confirm what you mean by the curriculum is different? Are you teaching in UK?

  3. CP 21 January 2015 at 7:13 pm Reply

    Amazing! Thank you!

  4. Samantha 21 January 2015 at 7:46 pm Reply

    Amazing!! Thankyou for these!

  5. Faye Clarke 23 January 2015 at 10:31 am Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing these resources. Easy to use and very teacher friendly! Thanks again 🙂

  6. Andrea 23 January 2015 at 1:00 pm Reply

    Thanks, they are very clear to understand and follow the progression per subject.

  7. Headteacher Jinny 23 January 2015 at 9:33 pm Reply

    Thank you great resources

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  9. Mike 8 February 2015 at 8:24 pm Reply

    Many thanks – shared these at my school too. Much appreciated.

  10. Dan Cox 12 February 2015 at 2:59 pm Reply

    Hello, I might be being really stupid, but are there areas missing in the ‘key objectives’ as i see no mention of addition in the y4 tracker grids. Can you help?

    • Michael Tidd 12 February 2015 at 4:32 pm Reply

      Hi Dan – thanks for your message.
      It’s a result of the selection of the “key” elements. Given that column addition with 3 digits is required in Y3, it seems rather pointless to focus on the continuation to 4 digits in Y4, when there is no conceptual difference. I would argue that this is one of the (many) flaws in the design of the curriculum, which I have tried not to be dragged down by!

  11. Devon head. 13 February 2015 at 2:09 pm Reply

    Dear Michael
    Thank you for sharing your resources. I couldn’t agree with your comments about commercial schemes and making the tracking more important than the assessment of children’s learning. You have saved me hours of time.

    • Julia Andrew 9 July 2016 at 10:23 am Reply

      I couldn’t agree more either. Representing children’s learning in a cell of spreadsheet is surely the least most effective way to move children’s learning forward. More time spent feeding back to a child about their next learning step and explaining how to get there would give far better outcomes than hours spent inputting data.

  12. Devon head. 13 February 2015 at 2:10 pm Reply

    Word missing from my above comment it should read couldn’t agree more……..

  13. Aisha 17 February 2015 at 4:36 pm Reply

    Thank you so much!! Excellent resources, great for a student teacher like me.

  14. Paula Knox 25 February 2015 at 7:47 pm Reply

    This has restored my faith that altruism is alive and well. These resources are superb and so easy to use. Such generosity is rare and greatly appreciated.

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  16. fun2readplus 1 March 2015 at 3:39 pm Reply

    Michael – Thank you for the generous sharing of these resources. I have shared them on Twitter and on Facebook for my friends overseas. Working tougher in education. 🙂

  17. Mr Reid 1 March 2015 at 9:21 pm Reply

    Thank you kind sir for all your hard work and generosity. Its individuals like yourself that keeps me sane and wanting to remain in the job. I salute you!

  18. Z Raja 6 March 2015 at 2:02 pm Reply

    Thank you!!!!!!

  19. Matt 12 March 2015 at 11:29 pm Reply

    Amazing tracking sheets. Just wondering if it would be possible to assign a pupil criteria e.g FSM of SEN and have the data generate based on that group. We have to track quite a few different groups and not just the whole cohort. Many thanks

    • Michael Tidd 12 March 2015 at 11:39 pm Reply

      Is it possible in theory? Absolutely.
      Am I likely to get round to producing spreadsheets in that form any time soon? I can’t guarantee it! Do feel free to amend and adapt them to suit your school, though.

      • Matt 15 March 2015 at 8:08 pm Reply

        Many thanks for your reply. Can you point me in the right direction. I am an excel novice but learning rapidly (I recently discovered the joy of Pivot Tables!). How could I attach multiple markers to one child e.g SEN, PPM and Male and then get the sheet to interrogate the data for all groups?

        • Michael Tidd 15 March 2015 at 9:40 pm

          I’m no expert either. What i have done previously when using excel for level-based tracking was to add columns for each group and then just add flags for those who were members of the group. Then you can filter by group and show results of filtered groups. I suspect there are better ways, but i haven’t invested the time in that yet!

        • Lorraine Schofield 11 April 2016 at 9:09 am

          Hi Matt, not an expert but we have an extra column & write in FSM, EAL, SEN etc – some children will have two or more eg EAL/SEN. Then, as Michael says, you can use the filter to view the groups separately…

      • Marianne Mink 26 December 2015 at 6:26 am Reply

        Thank you for putting all of this together and sharing. It is a fabulous help in writing the curriculum for my year groups in our brand new school.

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    • Gill 27 January 2016 at 10:08 am Reply

      I’m subject leader for History at my school. The history cheat sheets look great, and I will be sharing them in school. What a generous-spirited website! How on earth do you find the time?

      • Michael Tidd 27 January 2016 at 11:24 am Reply

        There was lots of generosity from others in making these!

  21. Darnelle 16 March 2015 at 5:37 pm Reply

    Brilliant resources, really supports clarity and understanding

  22. lflowerscoburn 17 March 2015 at 9:46 pm Reply

    Sent here via my PGCE course……a great help!

  23. mrsvmack 20 March 2015 at 7:03 pm Reply

    So, so grateful for these tracking sheets. You have saved me hours. And so generously giving them free. Thank you.

  24. Debbie Baker 4 April 2015 at 9:37 am Reply

    Brilliant thank you.

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  26. Bev 21 April 2015 at 10:33 am Reply

    Thank you very much for providing these great resources. Are they editable? I’m not sure if I’m using them incorrectly but I wanted to add a couple of school related objectives and don’t seem to be able to. Thanks again.

    • Michael Tidd 21 April 2015 at 11:33 am Reply

      Hello Bev – yes, almost everything is editable, but the spreadsheets have protection switched on, just to prevent any accidental over-writing. You can switch it off (no password is needed) by going to the “Review” toolbar in Excel and choosing “Unprotect sheet”. You’ll need to do this for each page you want to edit.

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  29. Karen Richards 18 May 2015 at 10:31 pm Reply

    Seems so little for so much, but thank you.

  30. Chris May 18 May 2015 at 11:29 pm Reply

    Great resources and so clear. You have saved me so much time and headaches. Thank you for your generosity😊

  31. Iain Turner 22 May 2015 at 10:12 pm Reply

    Michael, these are great resources and very much appreciated. I follow your blog and am comforted that I am not the only one who feels this way. Many thanks for your efforts on behalf of us all.


  32. Becca Austin 30 May 2015 at 10:43 pm Reply

    You are one AMAZING man. These resources are incredible and just what teachers need. The fact that you share them for free is so generous. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  33. Catherine 7 June 2015 at 6:14 am Reply

    Thank you for sharing these resources, it makes it all very clear for even a new teacher. Your presentation of all the changes is very thought provoking! Catherine

  34. Andy 8 June 2015 at 7:03 pm Reply

    Thank you very much for your work and for sharing it. I’m starting my first job in September and these resources will really help. Thanks a lot.

  35. MisterE Teacher 12 June 2015 at 5:59 am Reply

    Thanks for the many useful resources on this page. I’m starting to plan for next year in Year 6 and this has been the best source of guidance.

    Thanks again!

  36. Kate Frost (@kate_frost) 12 June 2015 at 11:12 pm Reply

    Thanks for the resources- history cheat sheets have been a great help this year. Is there one that covers WW1/2? I guess this comes under the local area study part of the curriculum. What objectives need to be met? There are only 3 bullet points on the national curriculum P.O.S!

    • Michael Tidd 13 June 2015 at 9:41 am Reply

      Hello Kate,
      No, I’m afraid there’s no intention to do a Local history sheet because they would inevitably be different everywhere.
      As you say, the requirements of the National Curriculum are quite sparse, so within that you have freedom as a school.

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  38. Miss Coleman 4 July 2015 at 6:39 am Reply

    The history cheat sheets have been a great help this year. Thank you so much 😀🌟🌟🌟🌟

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  40. iPodWendy 12 July 2015 at 10:49 pm Reply

    These are fantastic, thank you very much for producing them and sharing them!

  41. Joy Baker 6 August 2015 at 8:41 am Reply

    Thanks so much – simple and easy to follow objectives.

  42. Lee 10 August 2015 at 10:07 pm Reply

    Micheal – I am so glad I stumbled across you free resources, thanks so much for your time and effort to share. I supplement my daughter’s education by increasing her learning ability at home because she appears to have auditory processing disorder and doesn’t take in much from the class environment. Using your resources is cutting down my time in researching as my background is not teaching but coaching. Thanks again.

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  44. Ibrahim 18 August 2015 at 1:04 pm Reply

    So many people saying thank you to you Micheal, you can add me to that long list, and here it is once again, thank you very much.

  45. Ann Marie Stewart. 18 August 2015 at 9:38 pm Reply

    Dear Michael.

    I echo all the comments on your generosity in sharing all these resources – many thanks, they are great.

  46. angie stevens 22 September 2015 at 11:39 am Reply

    Hi Michael
    I noticed that you suggested a few of the above people were free to adjust your trackers for their own schools. That is great! Thank you hugely from someone who has such little time to create my own from scratch. However, I am trying to do just that and your spread sheets seem to be locked. Any chance you can email/publish an ‘unlocked’ version?
    Many thanks

    • Michael Tidd 22 September 2015 at 2:43 pm Reply

      Hi Angie,
      The files are only locked to prevent accidental editing/deletion by mistake. You can unlock them simply by clicking on the Review tab and choosing the “Unprotect sheet” button. There is no password to enter. Hope they’re useful.

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  48. Joe Green 13 January 2016 at 12:41 pm Reply

    Thank you. Some absolutely terrific resources which have made my second week of Headship slightly less stressful!

  49. Wendy King 8 February 2016 at 10:01 am Reply

    Is it possible to download your 2 new videos?

  50. Head Ruth 26 February 2016 at 10:01 am Reply

    Hi, these are great resources, thank you for sharing. Are you happy for me to share your resources with parents on our school website?

  51. Nicki 28 February 2016 at 10:32 am Reply

    Good morning..I am looking at your tracking sheets. Is there a way of extending the 1,2,3 for achievements to a six point scale?

    Many thanks

  52. Webz 3 March 2016 at 9:59 pm Reply

    I have just entered my data, as I found yours SO helpful to give parents a rough guide of where their child is overall. It also reassured me greatly. Thank you so much for taking the time to set it up.

  53. Roz Adie 12 March 2016 at 9:37 pm Reply

    Fantastic resources. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  54. Becky 16 March 2016 at 1:00 pm Reply

    Thank you for sharing!

  55. maria 19 March 2016 at 12:17 pm Reply

    Can I ask looking at the assessment tracking for year 1 maths is this an updated version of tracking and monitoring because when I look at the NEW curriculum it doesn’t seem to match the objectives? Thanks maria

    • Michael Tidd 19 March 2016 at 11:18 pm Reply

      It’s not intended to replicate the whole curriculum. To do that, you might as well just highlight the document. It is built on selected Key Objectives, although you’re welcome to edit them.

  56. Graham Cooksey 27 March 2016 at 11:04 am Reply

    A truly fantastic set of resources. Thank you for sharing your expertise. Would it be possible for our school to put a link to your ks1 and 2 assessment videos on their website (and of course acknowledgement). Thank you once again.

    • Michael Tidd 27 March 2016 at 11:05 am Reply

      Yes, please feel free to share them in any way that suits

  57. Mike 15 April 2016 at 12:33 pm Reply

    I have just come across your blog and you have suddenly become an instant hero of mine. Thanks for all of the brilliant resources.

  58. Leanne 18 April 2016 at 10:35 am Reply

    Hi Michael,
    Have you done any work around KPIs for foundation subjects? We have been looking at the NAHT KPIs for maths and English and thought about selecting some of the most important programmes of study for each foundation subject for each year group. Do you know if this has been done already somewhere??

    • Michael Tidd 18 April 2016 at 11:02 am Reply

      I have, although these are inevitably ‘bespoke’ to our school, as they match the teaching sequence we use. I’d be happy to share them with you if you email via the About link above.

  59. Leanne 18 April 2016 at 1:16 pm Reply

    Thanks I have emailed 😀

  60. Jamie 11 May 2016 at 2:36 pm Reply

    Thank you for sharing your tracking spreadsheets which we are currently trialling.

    Where key objectives are the same for 2 year groups (e.g.Year 3 and 4 writing) how would you recommend we show progress through year/between years, given we are expecting children to reach age related expectations at the end of the each year group? Or should year 3 children (for instance) only have met 1/6 of the key objectives by Autumn 1 to be on track?!

    • Jamie 11 May 2016 at 4:55 pm Reply

      I meant end of Autumn 2 (when year 3 are 1/6 of their way through lower ks2).


  61. Claire McIllroy 6 September 2016 at 8:03 pm Reply

    I can’t seem to open the writing for purpose resources at all. They seem to be really useful. If you could let me know how to download that would be great.

    • Michael Tidd 6 September 2016 at 8:06 pm Reply

      They should just automatically download from the links. Perhaps you have something blocking the links? If you email me ( I’ll happily email them across

  62. Caroline 12 September 2016 at 4:55 pm Reply

    Wow! Thank you Michael. I was desperate for Reading mark book objectives for Year Two but ended up having to overhaul all my records( Writing, Maths and Science). Thank you so much for all your hard work! Just a quick question…..may sound a bit off…How can I split them to termly…eg. Term 1, 2 and 3?
    So so grateful.

  63. Gideon Zucker 3 November 2016 at 7:36 am Reply

    Hi there,

    Does the writing progression map link to the current Literacy NC objectives?

    Thanks so much!

    • Michael Tidd 3 November 2016 at 8:14 am Reply

      The Writing Progression map is just the current (2014) National Curriculum objectives for English reorganised to show the progression, yes.

  64. yamina 26 April 2017 at 11:13 am Reply

    Many thanks Michael. these resources are fantastic

  65. Graham Cooksey 4 June 2017 at 11:49 pm Reply

    Dear Michael,
    the resources you have published are excellent – and have been so very helpful. May I be allowed to use the summarised form of objectives for each subject for our school? The cheat sheets are excellent and I absolutely love the progression maps – so helpful for time squeezed colleagues,
    A truly outstanding collection.

    • Michael Tidd 4 June 2017 at 11:51 pm Reply

      Please feel free to use the objectives as suits your school. Adopt and adapt as necessary!

      • Olcay 12 April 2018 at 6:19 pm Reply

        Great stuff, thanks! 🙂

  66. Graham Cooksey 13 June 2017 at 10:27 pm Reply

    Dear Michael,

    In the Y5 and 6 Maths Key Objectives, the place value objective is missing. Was this a conscious decision?

    Thanks once again.

    • Michael Tidd 14 June 2017 at 9:35 am Reply

      Do you mean that it doesn’t mention the place value for larger numbers? That was a deliberate choice, yes. My view is that if children understand place value at 3 and 4 digits, then there is nothing new to learn for larger numbers other than their names. If they can’t work with larger numbers, then they don’t really understand the smaller ones 🙂

      • Graham Cooksey 14 June 2017 at 10:26 am Reply

        Thank you Michael, and I am totally in agreement with you – the regularity of the number system, combined with the fact they will be using large numbers in calculations and rounding, means the concept should have been learned. Thank you once again for your wisdom.

  67. doug1943 14 February 2018 at 9:11 pm Reply

    First, thank you for this wonderful collection.
    When I try to download the video explaining Key Stage 2, I get the video explaining Key Stage 1.

  68. Michael Tidd 14 February 2018 at 9:14 pm Reply

    That’s odd. It’s working for me. The KS2 video download is here:

  69. Ben 28 March 2018 at 5:15 pm Reply

    Thank you for the concise, easy to follow resources 🙂

  70. Jenni Philbin 8 June 2018 at 9:09 am Reply

    Hi! Did you post a suggested writing genre overview for KS1 and KS2 on your Twitter page – I can’t find it anywhere. 🙂 Thank you

  71. Susanne 6 December 2018 at 10:29 am Reply

    These are amazing and just what I have been looking for to map out the lower school curriculum. Thank you for sharing.

  72. sarah luff 30 December 2019 at 11:45 am Reply

    Hi Michael (And all!)
    I’m interested to know what you are all using as a checklist for foundation subjects given the new Ofsted equal weighting? I’ve created a grid to use as an end of topic assessment with 1-4 gradings, which is meant to be a quick teacher tool (rather than a long winded assessment) for teachers to link topics with the skills needed in each subject area to stick in books with pupil feedback.

    Michael, I am happy to share my idea and get your thoughts. I’ve linked the ‘not as we know it’ targets to Chris Quigley – the scheme our MAT is using (What a geographer looks like and so on).

    Thanks for all your resources and tweets – it’s good to share 🙂

    • Michael Tidd 3 January 2020 at 7:03 pm Reply

      Hi Sarah, Thanks for your message. We don’t use checklists now, and nor do we use any particular tracking for foundation subjects. We do, though, use Knowledge Organisers to help set out the key knowledge we want children to learn, and use these for informal assessments throughout a unit.

      • sarah luff 3 January 2020 at 7:47 pm Reply

        Thanks Michael! Funnily enough we were discussing knowledge organisers today. We’re going to trial blocking out information as a quick recall task throughout the term for the children to see what they know!

        • Graham Cooksey 5 January 2020 at 4:52 pm

          Hi Michael,

          Happy New Year to you! We’re on our way to sorting all this curriculum and assessment stuff…. but as you mentioned it, knowledge organisers seem to be the in thing at the moment and as such, there are so many models – have you developed your own, or sourced them elsewhere? And how do you avoid overload of information on a single sheet?

          Love to hear your thoughts.

  73. Michael Tidd 5 January 2020 at 6:42 pm Reply

    Hi Graham. We do use our own Knowledge Organisers, although I would be the first to say that the first thing I do when starting one is a quick google search to look at others. The main reason I like to produce them “in house” is because I like them to have a consistent form. Obviously every school’s curriculum is different, and so nobody else has a set that meets our needs.
    You’re right to identify that the biggest problems is often overloading them with information. I find that teachers tend towards this when producing them for the first time, because they try to record everything that children might encounter during the topic. When teachers show me models like that, the first thing I do is look for an example of something that I might not have included and ask the teacher: If I asked one of your pupils that question in a year’s time, do you genuinely want them to have remembered the answer? If not, then it doesn’t deserve its place in the KO, which should be about the absolute core content that everyone will know. I quite like that someone else calls them 100% sheets at their school: drives that message home nicely.

    • Graham Cooksey 5 January 2020 at 9:29 pm Reply

      Really grateful for your thoughts on this, and I’m pleased to have had similar thoughts and musings.
      Thankfully many models exist online- unfortunately this is also a great challenge as the time taken to review the many is a drain on precious resources.
      I also like the consistency point you raised – and am very pleased you also retain editorial control, which I too know we need.
      Thank you for your kindness in responding.

  74. Lauren 21 August 2020 at 8:19 pm Reply

    As a new teacher, I have only recently come across your wonderful resources and I am interested to know whether you still use the model of writing for four purposes? Does this support the writing progression document?
    Thank you!

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