A range of materials to support curriculum projects

The Hive: Resource for Nottingham Schools

We have received a free resource for every school in the city from Nottingham-based artist Wolfgang Buttress. Included is a special book, images and vinyl record (download code also included) produced in conjunction with the British Pavilion.

The sculptural part of the project is entitled The Hive and is located the Kew Gardens, London, which you can view here. The Hive represents the intrinsic and important relationship between bee and human bringing together art, science, sound and landscape through an immersive multi-sensory experience. You can read more about the project here.

It is hoped that the project will help highlight the challenges facing bees and their essential role in our food chain as pollinators. It is also hoped that The Hive can form inspiration for cross-curricular projects in school; some schools have created art works and built bee hotels, others have worked with year 4 pupils to explore electricity, energy and environmental issues as part of their science and art lessons.

Whatever you get up to, we would love to hear about it - tag us on twitter or email us at: primary.team@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Letter to schools from Wolfgang Buttress

Strategic School Improvement Project 1: Reading Transition Toolkit KS2 and KS3

Transition toolkit

This toolkit has evolved through partnership funded through the Strategic School Improvement Fund.

Partners have working with the Nottingham Literacy Hub (National Literacy Trust).

We would welcome feedback and additions to the toolkit. Feedback on its contents or suggestions for additions will be received by The Nottingham Education Partners.

To do so, please email:


“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope…”

-Kofi Annan

Click here to access the toolkit.


Financial Education Resources

Financial Education Resources from Shine (download)

Financial education is a critical life skill. Financial difficulty is a major issue in Nottingham city. At the same time, the financial world is becoming increasingly complex to navigate. National evidence shows that attitudes, behaviours and values around money are being formed before the age of 7yrs. It is crucial that children across the city are equipped to be capable of dealing with money well. This is not only improves their life chances but also enables them to become financially capable adults, and more likely to be financially resilient in life's changes and pressures. We want every primary school in the city to include financial education in their curriculum. It's easy. Here are many free, downloadable resources for schools. They are all available from the national PFEG (Personal Financial Education Group) website, now rebranded as Young Enterprise. https://www.young-money.org.uk/resources Resources are for all schools and ages. They are easily searchable down the left hand side by age range  (4-7, 7-11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19+), by school subject area, or by financial education topic. You can also search by type of resource such as assembly, lesson plan, quick activity, etc. This makes it really easy and simple to get going quickly.  Keep it simple to start wiith.  The main thing is to just start! Every year in June there is national My Money Week for schools, which Young Money/ PFEG run by making all sorts of special resources and help available for the week, which you can use as a focus for your activities as a school. The website has lots of resources for Primary Schools as you can see. But perhaps some useful ones to help get you started are:

  • The Financial Education Planning Framework for 3-11 years This framework has been developed to help you plan and deliver the progression of financial education setting out the key financial knowledge, skills and attitudes across the core themes of; how to manage money, becoming a critical consumer, managing risks and emotions associated with money, understanding the important role money plays in our lives
  • Money Sense Resources for all four key stages. Linked to the national curriculum. Topics grouped under money management, money safety and money in the world
  • Values, Money and Me Online interactive resource focused on attitudes, values and decisions around money, exploring the many moral aspects. Key Stages 1 & 2. Uses a set of characters living in 'Pride Place'
  • Learning about Money in the Primary Classroom Series of booklets for teachers. Case studies, activities and taster ideas to get teachers started

If you would like any further information or support, please contact Emma Bates, sessional specialist for the Nottingham Financial Resilience Partnership.  emma@financialinclusionsupport.co.uk or 01332 460466


Nottingham Big Tent Project

Schoolchildren in Nottingham created 80 pieces of artwork to fill an exhibition promoting cultural diversity. The Nottingham Big Tent opened on Monday 19th June 2017 and visitors to Old Market Square had the opportunity to walk through and see the pictures on display. The project involved 35 local schools and was funded by a grant from the Scape Group. The aim was to celebrate Nottingham’s rich diversity and community cohesion.

For more information on the Nottingham Big Tent Project, please visit My Nottingham News

View our virtual gallery.

Photographs of the event can be viewed here.