Helping you succeed with Curriculum 2014
Discovery Education Espresso phonics
Topical news stories
Cross-curricular approach
Variety of resource types
Anywhere, anytime access
Planning tools
Tablet friendly
Accessibility features
Fun, engaging characters

Key Features: Overview

NEW! Espresso Education Primary home page digital learning

Discovery Education Espresso offers a range of content and tools that is simply unrivalled. It covers all year groups and subjects, plus whole-school initiatives such as SEAL and Healthy Schools. It also offers a multitude of resource types to suit all kinds of learning and teaching styles. Discovery Education Espresso even includes SATs-related resources.

Discovery Education Espresso specialises in taking educational concepts and applying a 'real-world' context through video and other multimedia elements. This encourages pupils to think beyond the simple fact, resulting in the deeper and wider learning of concepts.

Designed with both teachers and pupils in mind, Discovery Education Espresso is a resource that can be teacher-led or facilitate pupils working independently in a safe online environment.

Key Features: Helping you succeed with Curriculum 2014


NC2014At Discovery Education, we're working on all sorts of ways of helping you manage the curriculum change. From helping you to easily find which resources fit the new objectives, to creating new content to cover any new requirements, we want to make the transition as easy as possible. 

Click here to view our video guide to Curriculum 2014 and how Discovery Education Espresso can help you teach the new programmes of study.


Join our free webinar on Discovery Education Espresso and the National Curriculum 2014

Find out how the newly created Discovery Education Espresso resources developed specifically to support the 2014 National Curriculum objectives in English, maths and science can be used effectively in your classroom.

Key Features: Discovery Education Espresso phonics

Polly's phonics

Six new Discovery Education Espresso phonics modules have been added to Espresso Primary at no extra cost to subscribers.

Discovery Education Espresso phonics is based on phases 2-5 of the Department for Education's 'Letters and Sounds'. It provides a unique supplementary resource, including special focus on the mouth shape and pronunciation of each phoneme.

In total, the modules offer 105 new high-quality videos featuring professional presenters who provide a real-life representation of each phoneme. In-school filming captures regional variations of common phonemes.

This fantastic new area of Discovery Education Espresso covers all the grapheme/phoneme correspondences in a systematic, synthetic sequence of phonics teaching that also supports the critical skills of blending and segmenting.

Key Features: Topical news stories

News 2 Module

Engage pupils in the world around them by bringing current events into the classroom.

Our weekly news service is differentiated for Foundation, KS1 and KS2, with age-appropriate stories, images and language. It includes our popular presenter-led News Bites, made in partnership with ITN, and differentiated news articles for three levels.

These specially selected news items provide an engaging starting point for pupil discussion and assemblies, and can be extended with further activities and quizzes. All news resources are archived for future use.

Key Features: Cross-curricular approach

Pirates Resource Box

Discovery Education Espresso benefits all areas of the curriculum and school life. Our resources cover all the core subjects in addition to a rich supply of resources for the Foundation subjects.

Discovery Education Espresso also has some superb support for non-specialist teachers in hard-to-resource areas such as gymnastics and Modern Foreign Languages.

Teachers tell us that an important strength of Discovery Education Espresso is its ability to support cross-curricular topics and a creative curriculum. Our Resource boxes cover themes from pirates to 'going green', and cross-curricular links to other areas of the service are highlighted.

Key Features: Variety of resource types

Weather Module - Sorting clothes activity

Discovery Education Espresso has over 151 CD-ROMs worth of resources including: 7020 videos, 3460 photos, maps and graphics, 323 interactive Factfiles, plus SATs resources and double the number of activities than any other provider.

Pupils never get bored with Discovery Education Espresso as there's always something new. The variety of Discovery Education Espresso's creative resources keeps pupils engaged across the different sensory routes such as visual, auditory, kinaesthetic, musical and intrapersonal. 

Research shows that the unique combination of resources on Discovery Education Espresso impacts strongly on three of the five critical aspects of learning: cognitive, megacognitive and social.

Key Features: Anywhere, anytime access

Child using Espresso at home

Both teachers and pupils have the option to access Espresso from home.

  • Teacher Home Access
    As part of a subscription to Discovery Education Espresso, teachers are given the flexibility to plan where and when it best fits in with their lifestyle and priorities.
  • Pupil Home Access
    An additional service that schools can add to their subscription, this feature provides parents and pupils with access to the full Discovery Education Espresso service from home as well as a Home learning area and Parents' guide. This add-on has been designed to strengthen school-to-home links, offering extended learning opportunities to Discovery Education Espresso users. Find out more.

Subscribing schools
Find out how you can add Teacher and/or Pupil Home Access to your subscription.

Parents and home educators
Discovery Education Espresso is not available for parents or home educators to purchase. Visit our benefits for parents page to find out how Discovery Education Espresso can support you.

Key Features: Planning tools

Speed guides

With thousands of resources to choose from, Discovery Education Espresso offers a number of planning tools that enable you to find the perfect resource to match your needs.

  • Selected resources: quickly find hand-picked, 2014 National Curriculum aligned resources for your lessons, by subject and year group
  • Route creator: enables you to bookmark resources ahead of time, so you can concentrate on teaching and not having to navigate through resources during lesson
  • Copy and paste: you can right-click on any photo, map or graphic, and then 'copy and paste' the selection into applications such as PowerPoint and Word, to incorporate into lesson plans and schemes of work
  • Search engine: search by keyword, subject, key stage or resource type

Key Features: Tablet friendly

Espresso on an iPad

Discovery Education Espresso evolves to meet the ongoing needs of our subscribers and we always aim to provide the best user experience. So schools using (or planing to use) tablets, will be pleased to know that we have upgraded the vast range of Discovery Education Espresso's existing interactive activities to be tablet friendly.

There are also a number of other Discovery Education Espresso resources available that are tablet-friendly including the videos, News Bites and news quizzes.

Key Features: Accessibility features

Accessibility features - Natural Environments Module

Discovery Education believes in making technology more inclusive and effective for all. Special features allow users to customise Discovery Education Espresso to support special education. For example you can simplify to help pupils focus on key information and change the colour scheme for those who require high-visibility contrast. Discovery Education Espresso also has an audio feature on most resources to support EAL pupils.

In 2008, Espresso Education (now Discovery Education) was proud to be recognised with a BETT Special Award for Inclusion.

Key Features: Fun, engaging characters

Espresso Team Module

Pupils love Sal, Kim, Polly, Ash, Eddy, Scrap and Scully, the cute 'Discovery Education Espresso Team' who help out around the service. These fun, lively characters have unique and quirky personalities of their own and even appear in their own range of Espresso books.

As well as participating in activities and dressing-up for our modules, the team also has their own module so you can get to know them. This features some fun animations and activities. We have also created some free fun stuff like face masks and posters for you to download.