NCP19-18 Year 5 to 8 Continuity

Teachers from different phases will work together in this Work Group, to improve communication between Key Stages 2 and 3. They will have the overall aim of improving continuity of learning by pupils in the four years between Years 5 and 8. Participants in this project will take an aspect of the mathematics curriculum or a pedagogical approach as the focus for their work and develop a consistent approach to it through discussion, joint lesson design and delivery, observation and the development of documentation to support continuity.

Who is this for?

This project is for KS2 teachers and KS3 maths teachers.  Each Work Group will consist of teachers, ideally from linked, or neighbouring, primary and secondary schools, working together to develop a shared understanding of the teaching that gives the best chance of pupils progressing steadily in their mathematical understanding between Years 5 and 8.

What is involved?

Work Groups will meet several times during the year, with participants engaging in gap tasks at their own schools and at other schools between meetings. Meetings and gap tasks may include shared observation, lesson study, collaborative planning using shared models and representations, production of shared progression documents. In previous years, Work Groups have found it helpful to use multiplicative reasoning as a vehicle for exploring curriculum and pedagogical continuity.

Intended Outcomes

  • Participant teachers will gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of progression in mathematical learning between Years 5 and 8, and, in parallel, a clearer understanding of the teaching approaches and pupil experiences that best serve that purpose, particularly in the ‘other’ school phase
  • Participant teachers will further their experience and understanding of how consistent use of resources, representations and structures can be used to help pupils develop sound mathematical understanding
  • Teachers will develop shared approaches to planning and delivery of the mathematics curriculum across KS2 and KS3
  • Pupils will demonstrate improved confidence and engagement in maths at KS2 and KS3.

Expectations of participants and their schools

  • Attend sessions run by the Work Group Lead
  • Meet between sessions to plan and carry out gap tasks
  • Share work, results of gap tasks and reflections with other members of the Work Group as discussed in ‘What is Involved’ above.


This programme is provided at no cost to your school.

Dates are yet to be confirmed, however to express interest in taking part in the Year 5 to 8 Continuity programme please contact

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