Year 5 - 8 Continuity, WNorfolk

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A project to strengthen the transition from primary to secondary school

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What is involved

There will be four or online Work Group meetings with school-based tasks for participants to complete and reflect upon between each meeting.

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

Who can apply?

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

What is the cost?

The Work Group is offered free to all state-funded primary and secondary schools in England.

Intended Outcomes

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 (policy)


Schools must be able to commit to the full academic year’s programme. This involves a total of four sessions of face-to-face support across the academic year, as well as classroom and school-based activity. Participants must also be supported by their school leadership to explore outcomes from the project with other colleagues in their school.

Led by:

Laura Wilkins is a Year 6 teacher at Alderman Jacobs Primary School in Whittlesey.

Darroch Allden is a secondary teacher at Cambourne Village college and deputy lead at the Cambridge Maths Hub.


Wednesday 9th December 2020

Wednesday 27th January 2021

Wednesday 10th March 2021

Wednesday 28th April 2021

All sessions will run from 13:00 – 15:00.

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