Curriculum planning

1 September 2023

How to refresh your curriculum using Oak resources

Chris Fountain

Subject Lead (English)

Are you looking to make changes to your curriculum? You can easily update whole units or part of a unit using our resources; there’s no need to reinvent the wheel.

Access thousands of adaptable resources to support your lesson delivery. They’re carefully sequenced to help you build a clear plan of learning and free you up to spend your time tailoring the content to your pupils. To get you started, follow these four steps. Watch our short video and download our free quick guide to help guide your planning.

Video guide

We’ve broken down the approach we take into four steps. Watch Chris Fountain from our Education team explain what you should consider at each stage of the process.

Four steps to follow to refresh your curriculum

  1. Identify areas that need refreshing
    Look through your existing curriculum. What’s not working? Are there units that are no longer relevant? Are there any topics you could integrate to add more diversity or breadth?
  2. Find Oak units that match your needs
    Use our lesson search function or browse through curriculum maps to find a topic. Read through the core content listed for each lesson to help you decide which units are most relevant.
  3. Connect Oak units into your curriculum
    Consider where else in the curriculum you teach related content. Which units are most similar to the unit you’re integrating? What will pupils learn about the topic before and after they study this unit? Are definitions, explanations and teaching methods consistent?
  4. Adapt the unit to meet the needs of your pupils and school
    What else will your pupils need to learn in this unit to ensure they progress within your curriculum? Add scaffolding, stretch tasks or additional lessons where they’re needed to support your wider school-curriculum aims.

Download our free quick guide

To help you make the most of your next planning session, download our free quick guide. It includes helpful prompt questions for each of the steps to guide your thinking.

Save the document to your Google Drive by clicking on File > Make a copy. Or download a copy by clicking on File > Download.

Download our quick guide

Looking for more support?

Take a look at our guidance on designing a unit of study and on designing a subject curriculum.

For more inspiration, explore our curriculum maps and learn about the six curriculum principles that guide our lesson and curriculum design. You can also search our thousands of free, adaptable teaching resources to use for your planning now.