The 5 Keys: using The 20 Keys in Primary

I spoke today about the 20 Keys at the ALL Language World 2021 Conference and some colleagues asked if I would share the Primary version of the 20 Keys.

I haven’t used it yet, so it will no doubt need tweaking. Please, let me know what you think!


No marking homeworks


I can think of many reasons why we should be marking more smartly right now.

I have written a couple of articles on how to reduce workload that may help with marking. You can find them here:

I’ve also put a few ideas together on how to set painless homework tasks. I hope they help you save some precious time!

Planning stamps: Saving time and expanding your repertoire.


The planning stamps are a word document that I use to store activity stamps. An activity stamp is either the name of an activity or a brief description of an activity that I paste on a Ppt slide, to remind me or the students what they have to do with the stimulus in front of them.

This is what it looks like. You can download my stamps below.

Over time, I have built many stamps. Some of them I use often, some of them rarely. They save me time because I don’t have to type them every time, and also because I don’t spend time trying to come up with activities will suit a group or topic, I just go to the document, and pick one.

Here are a couple of examples of how I use them:

In order to access them easily, I pin Word to the task bar (right click on the Word icon when the app is open and click on ‘pin’) and I also pin the actual document (right click on the Word icon on the task bar, then right click on the name of the document when it’s open and select ‘pin’). You’re now only 2 clicks away from the document.

You can download them here: