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Y5-Y8 Continuity Work Group

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The key aim of this programme is to strengthen the transition from primary to secondary school by focusing on curriculum and pedagogical continuity over Years 5 to 8.

A key theme is multiplicative reasoning and content will include developing a deeper understanding of multiplicative structures, such as fractions, decimals, percentages and ratios.

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.

We are running Work Groups covering each of our 5 boroughs – Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale and Stockport – and are recruiting Secondary schools and their feeder Primary schools to take part.



By getting involved, participants 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?

This programme is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme and so is free to participating schools.

Participants must be able to commit to the full academic year’s programme, including the completion of school/classroom gap tasks and activities in between the sessions. Each participant is required to attend 3-4 sessions spread throughout the academic year.

To join the Work Group or to find out more, please use the button below to submit your details.