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Video tutorial: Discussions

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Video tutorial: Groups

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Video tutorial: Using the search function

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Why did the previous EYFS website close down?

The change was all about making our content easier for you to find and use. Previously, a large amount of information was spread across a number of websites. Now you can visit one site to access all Early Years materials, find information on transition to Primary, and complete e-learning courses for continuing professional development. In addition, based on your search and the type of content you look at, we can suggest other useful content you may not have been aware of before.

We have also added a number of other features that will enable you to engage with the National Strategies in a way that has not been possible before. You can now share your views on our content directly with your peers and the National Strategies by using the Groups and Discussions features and by bookmarking your favourite content.

All of the relevant material plus a good deal of new content is now exclusively available on this new site.

What do I do if I've forgotten my password?

Click on ‘Log in’, then click on ‘Forgot password?’. When prompted, fill in your username or email address and click on ‘E-mail new password’. Your new password will be sent to the email address you originally registered with.

How can I refine my search results?

On the search results page, choose a term from the ‘Refine your search’ panel. The search is refined by selecting a term within a category such as Educational purpose, Inclusion, Key stage, Role and School phase.

To undo a refinement, click ‘all’ next to the term you selected to refine your search.

How can I read a transcript of a video?

Transcripts are available for all videos and can be accessed by clicking the ‘Read complete transcript’ link at the end of the overview under the video player. A link back to the video is found in the 'Linked articles’ block.

What are RSS feeds?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and this technology allows you to pull together regularly updated content from a variety of sources. You can see latest published content without actually having to visit the site.

Can I search within results?

Yes. Use the ‘Search within results’ box.. Enter a keyword to search within the displayed results.

How can I watch a video in full screen mode?

Click on the full screen button found on the bottom right of the playback bar of the video player. To exit full screen mode press the ‘Esc’ key on your keyboard.

How do I start a discussion?

To post a discussion to a group select the 'Start a group discussion' link that appears at the bottom of the list of discussions after you have logged in to that group.

To post a discussion to the general discussion area click on the ‘Discussions’ tab then click 'Start a new discussion'. Enter the title of your discussion – this will appear at the top of your post – then enter your initial posting in the text space provided and click 'Submit'.

Why do things appear in more than one place?

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to find what you are looking for. Therefore, we have placed content in all relevant areas of the site. This means that you can find what you are looking for in a way that makes sense to you.

Accessible video player controls

There are accessible controls available on all content videos. Click on the ‘Show accessible player controls’ link under the video player to expand the controls. Alternatively tab to the link and press ‘Enter’. The available options are play/pause the video, increase/decrease volume and restart the video.

What information can I get as an RSS feed?

You can add feeds from certain areas of the site, latest publications, Groups, Discussions and search results.

What is RSS?

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is a format for sharing and distributing web content, such as news headlines. Using an RSS reader, you can view data feeds from multiple websites and keep up to date on latest changes without actually having to access the sites directly.

How do I join a group?

Joining public groups

To join a group, locate the ‘Groups' tab on the main navigation. Select the name of the group you wish to join, and select 'Join'. The group will appear in your 'My groups' area next time you log into your ‘My Home' area.

Joining private groups

Private groups are restricted to specific groups of users such as LA consultants, SIPs and National Strategies managers. These groups will appear in the Groups directory (accessible via the 'Groups' tab on the main navigation); however, you will only be entitled to join a private group if you are invited by the group administrator.. The group administrator will need to confirm your entitlement to join the group when you request membership to the group.

What do I need to start using RSS feeds?

You will need a news reader to check RSS feeds and let you read any articles that have been added.

Firefox 2.0 onwards and Internet Explorer 7 have built in news readers, but if you are using an older browser, for example Internet Explorer 6, then you may need to install a reader as a plug-in.

Different news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work on your computer. Just search for ‘RSS reader’ in an internet search engine.

What is a Vote?

Vote provides registered users with an opportunity to respond to a polling question on a topical issue. Voting questions are selected by the National Strategies editorial team and will be changed from time to time.

What are email alerts?

Email alerts enable you to stay up to date with the latest changes to the site. You can subscribe to any section of the site and you will receive notification of new content and updates to existing content from that area. You can choose to receive emails daily, weekly or monthly.

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How are vote results used?

Results are updated instantly after each vote is cast and are only published on National Strategies . Results from votes may influence future National Strategies developments, so your views really do count.

How do I change the format of email alerts?

To change the format of email click on ‘Manage my email alerts’ in My Home or My Profile. You can set the format to either HTML or text.

Will I still be able to add a case study after the What Works Well site has been migrated to the National Strategies web area?

Yes. The What Works Well case studies form an important part of the work which the National Strategies do. When the new case studies area goes live, you will be able to continue work on any case studies you have started, or start a new case study from scratch.

How do I vote?

Once you are logged in, simply locate the vote panel on the homepage, read the question, select your response and click ‘Vote’. You can cancel your vote and vote again if you wish.

How do I subscribe to email alerts?

You need to be registered and logged in to subscribe to email alerts. To subscribe to email alerts for a particular section click on ‘Add an email alert for this section’ in the Updates area of a page.

Why is the What Works Well site moving?

This move is all about making content easier for you and others to find and use.

Previously, a large amount of National Strategies information was spread across a number of websites. This meant we had to keep the same information up to date in multiple places and you sometimes had to visit multiple sites to pull together the information you needed. Now you can visit one site to find all the information you need and, based on your search and the type of content you look at, we can suggest other useful content you may not have been aware of before.

We have also added a number of other features that will enable you to engage with the National Strategies in a way that has not been possible before. You can now share your views on our content directly with your peers and the National Strategies by using the Groups and Discussions features and by bookmarking your favourite content.

What are ratings?

National Strategies content (e.g. articles, videos, video streams, links, sound files and documents), can be reviewed and graded by registered National Strategies users. Ratings will be used to identify the most popular content items (e.g. most read, emailed, watched or listened to).

How do I unsubscribe from email alerts?

You can unsubscribe from email alerts from the ‘My email alerts’ section in My Home or My Profile.

What is happening to the content and case studies that were on the What Works Well site?

All of the content is being migrated to a new section of the National Strategies web area.

Once the current What Works Well site is closed, you will automatically be redirected to the appropriate section of the new site.

How do I rate content?

You must be registered and logged in to rate content. Scroll to the bottom of the content you are viewing, hover over the stars and click to rate the content. You can cancel your rating and rate again if you wish.

How do I view and manage the emails alerts I’m subscribed to?

To view and manage your email alerts click on ‘My email alerts’ in My Home or My Profile

The best settings for viewing this site

Most web sites are now being designed for a screen resolution setting of 1024x768. If your screen is maximized and you still have to scroll to the right to view the entire page, then your screen resolution is probably set at 640x480, 720x480, or 800x600. You should be able to change your default screen settings by following the steps below.

If you are using MS Windows (most versions) you should:

  1. double-click on the ‘My Computer’ icon on your desktop, or select ‘My Computer’ from the Start menu.
  2. double-click on ‘Control Panel’
  3. double-click on ‘Display’
  4. double-click on the ‘Settings’ tab
  5. set ‘Screen Area’ to 1024x768
  6. click on ‘OK’
  7. when you receive the message: ’Windows will now resize your desktop...’, click ‘OK’
  8. when you receive the message: ‘You have resized your desktop...’, click ‘Yes’.

How to change the screen resolution in Mac OS X

Mac users should:

  1. open the ‘System Preferences’ (either from the Dock or from the Apple menu).
  2. open the ‘Displays’ panel and choose the ‘Display’ tab.
  3. on the left of the ‘Display’ tab you can select one of the resolutions from the list. (Higher resolutions allow you to view more of the screen. It is recommended that a screen resolution of at least 1024x768 is used unless there is a specific reason to use a lower resolution.)
  4. quit or close the ‘System Preferences’ when done.

Notes:

  1. At higher resolutions, you may not be able to see as many colours (thousands instead of millions).
  2. Flat panel monitors have a preferred resolution. If you set the display lower or higher, the display will be noticeably less distinct. The preferred resolution should be noted in your display manual. For example, the new 17 inch Apple Studio Display (flat panel) is most crisp at 1280x1024.
What will happen to my What Works Well case study?

If you are working on a new case study or have already had one approved, please carry on as usual. All content is being safely transferred and when it is ready you will be able to access it from 'My home', or from 'My case studies' in the new 'Case studies' area we are creating.

What are comments?

Comments are views and ideas about National Strategies content submitted by registered users. You can read comments made by other users, or you can submit your own comments. You can also reply to comments.

Using resources

There are a variety of downloadable resources available from the National Strategies.

Many files are provided in three different file formats to ensure that the information is as accessible as possible. 

Extension Software Required
EXE Windows Operating System - Executable file
AVI Media Player - Video
XLS Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Excel viewer
NBK / notebook SMARTBoard Interactive Whiteboard File v9.5 and above (see note below)
MP4 Media Player - Video
FLP Promethean ACTIVboard Interactive Whiteboard Software
SWF Browser Flash Plug-in
PDF Adobe Acrobat Reader
PPT Microsoft PowerPoint or Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer
RTF Any Word Processor
DOC Microsoft Word or Microsoft Word viewer
ODT Open Office document
YAR Hitachi Interactive Whiteboard Software
ET Easiteach Interactive Whiteboard Software
MPG Media Player - Video
ZIP Compression Utility
XBK SMART Interactive Whiteboard Software
WMV Media Player - Video
WAV Media Player - Audio
MOV Quick Time
HQX Compression Utility for Apple computers

Note on interactive whiteboard files

Some interactive whiteboard (IWB) files may incorrectly open as xml code or .zip files. If this happens, right-click on the link and save the file to your computer then rename it so it ends with the correct file extension (.xbk, .nbk, .flp, .et or .yar).

Another known IWB issue is that some SMART (.xbk and .nbk) files cannot be opened in newer versions of SMART Notebook. If you receive an error message stating 'Notebook was unable to convert some files. The Legacy Notebook File Converter failed', you should make sure you are running the latest version of SMART Notebook and rename the file so it ends with '.notebook' rather than ‘.xbk’ or ‘.nbk’.

How do I find What Works Well case studies on the National Strategies web area?

Finding case studies in the National Strategies web area is easy.

If you’re just browsing for ideas, you can start with the featured case studies on the main page. These are highlighted for a variety of reasons: because they offer a new approach to an old problem, because they successfully tackle issues faced by every teacher, or because they offer striking solutions to difficult challenges.

If you’re looking for case studies dealing with a particular topic, try the quick search for a key phrase such as 'primary' or 'SEN'. Alternatively, you can do an advanced search and narrow down the results by curriculum area, setting, year group, region or other criteria.

How do I make a comment?

You must be registered and logged in to make a comment. To make a comment, scroll to the bottom of the content page and locate Comments. Enter your comment in the text area provided and click ‘Submit’.

Video tutorial: How to access EYFS content

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What is a group?

A group is a collection of registered National Strategies users who share a professional interest. Members of the group can exchange ideas via discussions, comments and bookmarking content. National Strategies groups are either:

  • public (any user can choose to join), or
  • private (users require an invitation to join the group, or require authentication by the group administrator).
I started a case study on the What Works Well site – will I need to submit it again on this site?

No. Any case studies you’ve already started will be transferred to the National Strategies web area. Once the new case studies area is ready, all you will need to do is log in and go to the 'Case studies' area of the site. You will find links to any case studies you have authored in the 'My case studies' block on the top left of this page. You can also access your case studies from ‘My home’. Until the current What Works Well site closes, carry on working on your case study there as usual.

Can I edit a comment?

Yes. If you are logged in you can edit or delete a comment you have submitted. Simply locate the comment you wish to edit or delete and click on the ‘Delete’ or ‘Edit’ buttons.

How do I change my password?

Once you have logged in, go to ‘My Profile’. Click on ‘edit’ next to Account details, and enter your new password in the space provided. You will need to enter your old password before you click submit and confirm your changes.

What is ‘My case studies’?

'My case studies' is where you will find links to any What Works Well case studies you’re working on or have submitted in the past.

How can I report a comment?

With every comment there will be a link saying ‘Report abuse’. If you click on this, the comment will be reported to the site administrator to be reviewed.

Help! I keep getting a page telling me I am not authorised to view this area!

If you are trying to view content and seeing the above page, it is likely that you are trying to view content that is only available to specific user groups. If you have the same problem when logged in and think you should be eligible to see it, please contact our helpdesk on 0118 9182839 or use our feedback form

Why can't I change my password or email address?

If the option to change your password or email address in My Profile is marked as read only, it is likely that we have identified you as someone who needs access to restricted content. If you wish to change your email address or password, please contact enquiries@nationalstrategies.co.uk or 0845 850 1444.

What is bookmarking?

Bookmarking enables you to easily return to content that you have read and chosen to save. You can bookmark content to share with a group that you are a member of and bookmark content to your personal 'My home' area. 

Why are the previous websites closing down?

This change is all about making our content easier for you to find and use. Previously, a large amount of information was spread across a number of websites. This meant we had to keep the same information up to date in multiple places and you may have had to visit multiple sites to pull together the information you needed. Now you can visit one site to find all of the information you need and, based on your search and the type of content you look at, we can suggest other useful content you may not have been aware of before.

We have also added a number of other features that will enable you to engage with the National Strategies in a way that has not been possible before. You can now share your views on our content directly with your peers and the National Strategies by using the Groups and Discussions features and by bookmarking your favourite content.

All of the relevant material plus a good deal of new content is now exclusively available on the new site.

Once the previous site is closed, users will automatically be redirected to the appropriate section of the new site.

Can I change my registered email address?

Yes. Once you have logged in, go to ‘My Profile’, click on ‘edit’ next to Personal information and enter your new email address in the space provided. You will need to enter your old password before you click submit and confirm your changes.

How do I bookmark?

You need to be registered and logged in to bookmark. When presented with a content page, simply select the 'Bookmark' link found at the top. You will be provided with a drop-down list of the groups you are a member of. Select the group you wish to bookmark the content to then click ‘Bookmark’. Tick the box next to ‘My Home’ to bookmark content to your ‘My Home’ area.

The site looks different – what happened?

Although the site design is different, all of the content from the old Primary Framework site is still available. All of the updates are also exclusively available on the new site.

The site has been designed to comply with the latest best practice guidelines for usability, ensuring that the information is available to find as easily as possible. The subject areas are clearly shown in several ways on the home page, enabling our users to choose how they wish to navigate through the site.

It is also important that we ensure our site is accessible, and this requirement has been reflected in the design of the site. For more information please review the Accessibility page on our website.

We welcome your feedback on this matter and are continually looking at ways to improve the usability and presentation of the content that we provide.

Can anybody see my personal information?

No. Any information you enter in your profile, except for your username, can only be seen by you. Your username will appear next to any comments you make on content or in discussions.

How do I remove a bookmark?

To remove content bookmarked to your ‘My Home’ area, simply click ‘Remove’ next to the content.

Why has the structure of the site changed and how can I find the content I need?

In order to bring together material from a number of sites, we developed a structure that would house all of the different content in one place. There may be many different ways of getting to the same piece of content, the idea being that some things are relevant to more than one area, i.e. Primary and Inclusion, so the site enables you to take a path that makes sense to you.

In addition to being able to go straight to your favourite pages via your existing links, the new site has a number of features that help point you in the direction of other content you may find useful but not have seen before:

  • From the home page, use the navigation to get to the area of content you want, then browse or use the terms in ‘Refine your view’ to narrow the results.
  • If you know some basic information about a particular document you are looking for, or you want to browse for information about a particular topic, you can use the search function to find it quickly. Enter your search terms and then use the terms in ‘Refine your search’ to narrow the results.
  • Finally, every page includes links to other content in the same section, and uses ‘Attachments and resources’, ‘Related links’ and ‘See also’ boxes to suggest similar pages you might also want to visit.
How will the information I enter in My Profile be used?

We will only use your email address if you wish to receive a new password, or wish to receive certain news or notifications by email.

By entering interests such as your role, subject, local authority and school phase, we can make sure that any information we send to you is personalised to your interests.

What is 3rd party bookmarking?

Third party bookmarking enables you to bookmark content to social networking sites such as ‘Delicious’, ‘Digg’, ‘Reddit’, ‘Facebook’ and ‘StumbleUpon’.

These sites allow you to store, tag and share links across the internet. You can also access your links from any computer you happen to be using. If you come across a page that you find interesting and want to save for future reference simply click on one of the bookmark links within the page.

Please use the links below for further information:

What will happen to the Primary Framework library on the new site?

We have worked on providing a similar, comprehensive facility in the new Primary Framework area to house the relevant resources. We have added a ‘Resource library’ link within the Primary Framework section. There is also a literacy resource library and mathematics resource library within the relevant sections. Here you can find all documents previously found in the Primary Framework library. Use the terms in ‘Refine your view’ to narrow the results.

The resources have also been attached to any relevant areas, units or blocks, so you can find them in the ‘Attachments and resources’ area on these pages.

Mathematics specific resources:

Within the mathematics resource library particular types of resources, such as interactive teaching programs, spreadsheets and interactive whiteboard files, can be found grouped together.

What is this site all about?

This area of the Standards Site is the new home of the National Strategies on the web. The great content you are used to seeing has all been brought together in one place, along with some new features allowing you to communicate and share knowledge with your colleagues and peers. There is also a new search engine, which will make it easier for you to find what you are looking for.

How do I bookmark to a 3rd party?

You need to be registered and logged in to bookmark. Simply select the 3rd party bookmark link of your choice at the foot of any content page and complete the required information on the 3rd party site.

Video tutorial: Planning a literacy unit

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Can I still get to the Standards Site?

Yes. Just click on the Standards Site logo or use the drop-down menu to quickly access the area of the Standards Site you want to go to.

What does 'Send' mean at the top of an article?

We have given you the option to send content to a friend if you think it will interest them. If you click ‘Send’, you will be taken to a form. Simply enter your friend’s email address and a message. You can also send a copy to yourself.

What is an e-learning course?

An e-learning course is an interactive learning experience that can be completed as part of your Continuing Professional Development. It allows practice, self-assessment, and reflective exercises. Many e-learning courses also contain links to resources and collaborative features, such as course discussions.

How can I contact National Strategies?

Just click on ‘Contact’ at the bottom of the page where you will be given options to contact the site.

What is My Home?

My Home is your own personal area of the site. This is where you can quickly access all your bookmarked content, manage any email alerts you have subscribed to and see what Groups you are a member of.

What is an e-learning module?

An e-learning module is a section of an e-learning course with specific defined learning objectives. You may select different modules according to your learning needs.

Executable files

.exe

Executable files for the PC. Malicious code can be included in .exe files and, as a result, they can be a security risk. For this reason, some networks and PCs have restricted access to .exe files.

Where access to .exe files on a network has been restricted, a system administrator will need to add the following URL to their firewall and any internet monitoring applications.

.exe files provided on the Standards Site have been checked and can be considered safe to install or run.

How do I use My Home?

You must be registered and logged in to use My Home. Click on the ‘My Home’ button to see your my Home area. Here you can quickly access all your bookmarked content, manage any email alerts you have subscribed to and see what Groups you are a member of.

What is ‘My Courses’?

The My Courses panel will display in My Home, My Profile and on any e-learning course homepage when you are a member of the course and you have logged in. It will show the courses you are enrolled in, for quick and easy access, and your progress through each course.

Compressed files

.zip

Compressed files that may contain one or more files when uncompressed on a PC.

You can decompress Windows XP.zip files without additional software by right-clicking on the .zip file and selecting the 'Extract All' option from the menu.

For older versions of Windows, you will need a compression utility to decompress the files. A selection of freeware, shareware and commercial utilities for the PC can be found on the Tucows web site.

.hqx

Compressed files for the Apple Mac that can be uncompressed by Mac OSX by double-clicking the downloaded files.

A selection of freeware, shareware and commercial utilities for the Apple Mac can be found on the Tucows web site.

What is My Profile?

My Profile allows you to enter information about yourself, such as name, email address, role, and interests.

How do I join an e-learning course?

Select the ‘Courses’ tab to view all e-learning courses. There are 4 types of course:

  • Public: you have to be registered on this site and logged in to join this course.
  • Public moderated: you will need to apply to join a moderated course. The course administrator will grant permission. This is for courses for which it is necessary to control the number of participants.
  • Private: a private course is only available to invited users. The course owner or an administrator will issue an enrolment key so that participants can enter the course.
  • Closed: this is a course which is controlled by an administrator. Users themselves cannot apply to join or leave this course.
Images

.gif, .jpg or .jpeg

Standard website image file formats that can be viewed in a web browser such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, or using any standard graphics software.

How do I use My Profile?

You must be registered and logged in to use My Profile. Click on the ‘My Profile’ button to go to My Profile. To edit your personal information or interests, click ‘edit’ and follow the prompts on screen.

How do I play an e-learning module?

Select the link of the module you require. You will be taken to a page with an overview of the module and a link to play the module. When you select the link, the module will play automatically in a new window. For some courses you will be prompted to contact the course administrator to grant permission for you to enter.

Media files

Some pages have media files associated with them in video or audio formats that can be viewed or listened to on a PC. Many have been packaged in .zip files (see section on Compressed Files) to enable a single download. Once the .zip file is uncompressed the resources contained within can be used.

Video

.avi

A video format that can use different levels of compression to save on the file size. .avi files can be quite large but the advantage of this format is higher quality video playback. These files can be played using Windows Media Player (supplied with Windows) or the free RealPlayer, which is downloadable from Real.

.wmv

A video format that can use different levels of compression to save on the file size. The larger the file the better the quality. .wmv files can be played with Windows Media Player (supplied with Windows) or the free RealPlayer, which is downloadable from Real.

.mpg, .mpeg and .mp4 files

These are all versions of .mpeg video files and can be played using Windows Media Player (supplied with Windows), the free RealPlayer from Real, or the free QuickTime player from QuickTime.

.mov or .qt

Video files in Apple's QuickTime format and can be played using the free QuickTime player from QuickTime.

Audio

.wav

An audio format that can be played using Windows Media Player (supplied with Windows), the free RealPlayer from Real or the free QuickTime player from QuickTime.

.aiff or .aif

An audio format that can be played using Windows Media Player (supplied with Windows), the free RealPlayer from Real or the free QuickTime player from QuickTime.

What is a discussion?

A discussion is a conversation that takes place on the site between registered users. Discussions can take part within Groups or outside of Groups.

What is an enrolment key?

An enrolment key is a private key for a course. The course owner or an administrator will issue the enrolment key.

Interactive whiteboard files

Interactive whiteboard (IWB) files are supplied in multiple file formats. The software requirements for each are detailed below.

.flp files

Interactive whiteboard files for use with the Promethean ACTIVboard.

.yar files

Interactive whiteboard files for use with the Hitachi StarBoard family of interactive devices.

.et files

Interactive whiteboard files for use with RM Easiteach.

.notebook files

Interactive whiteboard files for use with SMART Notebook v9.5 and above.

.xbk files

Interactive whiteboard files for use with the SMART Notebook v8.0.

.nbk files

Interactive whiteboard files for use with SMART Notebook v7.0 and earlier.

Note: Newer versions of SMART Notebook are unable to open .nbk files. If a message stating 'Notebook was unable to convert some files. The Legacy Notebook File Converter failed' is encountered, ensure that the latest version of SMART Notebook is installed and then rename the file so it ends with '.notebook' rather than '.nbk'.

How do I participate in a discussion?

You must be registered and logged in to take part in a discussion. Click on the ‘Discussions’ tab to see all general discussions that are currently taking place. Click on the title of the discussion you are interested in, scroll down to the bottom of the discussion and locate the Comment box. Type your comment in the text area provided and click ‘Submit’.

How do I record my module progress?

This is done automatically in the progress bar which you will see in the My Courses panel that is found in My Home.

Interactive teaching programmes

.swf files are Flash format animations

The Interactive Teaching Programs (ITPs) are Flash animations. To view Flash files you need to install the free Flash player. Go to www.adobe.com and click on the ‘Get Adobe Flash Player’ button.

.exe files are executable programs that run on Windows PCs

When you have downloaded an .exe file, you need to double-click on it to run it. The .exe files on the website are stand-alone versions of the ITPs and will run on PCs without having the Adobe Flash Player installed.

.hqx files are compressed files for the Apple Mac

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Why aren't all the Primary Framework units exemplified?

The National Strategies has never intended or committed to exemplifying all of the units in the revised Primary Framework. The reason for this is to encourage teachers to engage actively in the planning, teaching and assessment process, in order to personalise the curriculum to meet the precise needs of their pupils. The most effective teaching takes account of where pupils are in their learning (using assessment for learning) and, thus, what is to be taught (subject knowledge) and how it is to be taught (pedagogic approaches). It is expected that teachers will then draw on the resources available in the revised Primary Framework to plan their teaching and the intended learning, using the exemplified units as a model of good practice. The purpose of exemplifying some of the units is to model for teachers:

  • How successful pedagogic approaches can be used to support teaching and learning of relevant curriculum content e.g. assessment for learning strategies, principles of guided work etc.
  • How the teaching sequence works in practice e.g. the organisation of curriculum content into phases, the bringing together of word, sentence and text level aspects of the curriculum through a focus on core texts and text types

Once a teacher has used (adapting for their class) one or more of the models provided (the exemplified units) it is expected that he/she will use their professional judgement to apply a similar model to the remaining units, thus allowing them to personalise the planning and teaching to suit the precise needs of their pupils. An excellent planning tutorial is now live on the site, helping teachers to a) plan from scratch, b) plan from the units and c) plan from the exemplified units. The link is below:

http://nationalstrategies.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/sitehelp/50076#node-171967

All the units in the revised Primary Framework are equally important as they work together to provide the broad and balanced literacy curriculum for the primary phase.

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