This Work Group aims to strengthen the transition from primary to secondary school by focusing on curriculum and pedagogical continuity over Years 5 to 8. Central to the Work Group is the promotion of cross phase communication between teachers to address issues of maths knowledge and learning transition as distinct from pastoral considerations.
The Work Group design will follow a workshop – school-based work cycle, consisting of several workshops followed in each case by specific school-based work. A lesson study approach is encouraged where all participants focus on a particular aspect of the maths curriculum and work collaboratively to develop this in their schools. Cross-phase classroom observation and discussion of practice is encouraged wherever possible. Participants are expected to consider ways to develop the approaches explored during the project with other staff in their schools.
Participants and their schools will:
The Work Groups in this project promote teaching for mastery approaches across the KS2-3 boundary to ensure consistency in the pupil experience. This addresses two aims:
This project aims to avoid the dip in attainment which is often reported as pupils move from primary to secondary education.
Participants should be teachers of Years 5-8 in primary, secondary, middle school and all-through schools who have some responsibility for curriculum development, e.g. primary school maths leads/secondary heads of department. Linked ‘families’ of schools are encouraged to take part: ideally teachers from two (or more) secondary schools and some of their associated primary schools will work together.
The Year 5-8 Continuity project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.
Face-to-face sessions will be held at Brooke Weston Academy, Corby, Northamptonshire
This Work Group has now started and we are no longer accepting applications, however if you would like to express an interest in our 2022/23 programme, please complete our expression of interest form