Year 5 – 8 Continuity

A project to strengthen the transition from primary to secondary school

Work Groups in this project aim 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. Whilst many Work Groups will focus on using Multiplicative Reasoning resources, Work Groups can explore any aspect of the KS2/3 curriculum.

Who can take part?

Year 5, 6, 7 or 8 classroom teachers who wish to develop their teaching of maths, including those who are not maths specialists. You should simply have a strong commitment to improving your teaching of maths in these year groups. Those with school responsibility for maths, such as heads of department, are welcome to participate even if not teaching a Y5-8 class but should attend alongside a colleague who is teaching a relevant class.

What is involved?

  • 4 half day (afternoon) workshops spread over three terms, focusing on representation and structure within the topic of fractions, decimals and percentages.
  • Gap tasks between the workshops, including trialling new teaching approaches and peer observation.
  • Sharing resources with others in the work group and colleagues in school.

What will you learn?

Participants and their schools will:

  • deepen knowledge and understanding of the curriculum across KS2 and KS3 and the expectations of pupils at the end of each KS
  • understand the approaches which will support pupils as they move from KS2 to KS3, including the importance of consistency of language and representations
  • make use of common approaches, representations and language across phases
  • develop collaboration between primary and secondary colleagues on issues of curriculum and pedagogy, making them part of the school’s transition practice (and policy).

What is the cost?

The Year 5-8 Continuity project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.

Cohort 1: Bottisham/Soham dates (2 pm – 4:30 pm):

Monday 7th December 2020

Monday 25th January 2021

Monday 15th March 2021

Monday 14th June 2021

Cohort 2: West Norfolk dates(1pm – 3pm):

Wednesday 9th December

Wednesday 27th January

Wednesday 10th March

Wednesday 28th April

Cohort 3: Swavesey dates(2pm – 4:30pm):

Friday 22nd January

Friday 5th March

Friday 16th April

Monday 14th June

Cohort 4: Peterborough dates 

13th January 2021

21st January 2021

3rd March 2021

9th March 2021

13th May 2021

20th May 2021

24th June 2021