How to Speak (or at least understand) ‘Teacher’

Do you know the difference between EAL and MFL? Your CT from your TA? If not, don’t fret! PlanBee are here to help you work out who or what WALT and WILF are using this handy Teacher-speak translator.


How to speak teacher


Being thrown into the deep end of educating children can be a daunting task. Try not to put pressure on yourself to become a teacher in the space of five minutes, and relax and enjoy sharing learning experiences with your children. If you do choose to pick up a lesson plan to continue your child’s education, then hopefully this free handout will go some way to helping you understand some of the language that teachers use in their written plans.

Year Groups in the UK


One of the most common things we’ve been asked by parents is which of our free home-learning packs is suitable for their child(ren). Below is a table showing the year groups and phases for the UK based on a child’s age. A child will start the year group in September at the lower end of the age range. For example a child will start Year 1 in England and Wales at the age of 5.


Child's Age Year group (England and Wales) Year group (Scotland) Year group (N.Ireland)
4-5 Reception (EYFS) Primary 1 (Entry level) Year 1
5-6 Year 1 (KS1) Primary 2 (Entry level) Year 2
6-7 Year 2 (KS1) Primary 3 (First level) Year 3
7-8 Year 3 (LKS2) Primary 4 (First level) Year 4
8-9 Year 4 (LKS2) Primary 5 (Second level) Year 5
9-10 Year 5 (UKS2) Primary 6 (Second level) Year 6
10-11 Year 6 (UKS2) Primary 7 (Second level) Year 7


The year groups can be grouped into phases or Key Stages.


EYFS is a framework of milestones and guidance that measures the development of children from birth to age 5.


Key Stage One (KS1), sometimes called ‘Infants’ consists of Year 1 and 2 (England and Wales) children.


Key Stage Two (KS2), sometimes called ‘Juniors’ consists of Year 3-6 (England and Wales). This Key Stage can be further divided into LKS2 (Lower Key Stage Two) - Years 3 & 4 and UKS2 (Upper Key Stage Two) - Years 5 & 6.



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Are there any more examples of teacher-speak that you need help translating? Just leave us a comment or contact us. We’re here to help and support you on this new phase in your child’s education.


Abby HarperAbby Harper


Hey! I joined PlanBee as a resource creator in 2017 after teaching in a primary school for five years. I’m interested in creative and engaging ways to teach writing, reading and grammar and enjoy planning creative lessons especially Art and English lessons. Read more

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