To support teachers working with pupils across the KS2 – 3 transition, we’re running a series of webinars on aspects of maths common to the Primary and KS3 National Curriculum. They have focused on aspects of maths which some pupils can find challenging as they move from KS2 to KS3 and representations and language change. The result can be that some Year 7 pupils do not recognise the maths that they have learned at primary school.
The webinars explore at the pedagogical approaches used in many primary schools and the sorts of problems that pupils are expected to tackle in Year 6.
The webinars are recorded and can be watched on the MEI website. Recordings are available for the webinars on Place Value, Fractions, Ratio and Statistics.
The next webinar on Tuesday 18 May at 4pm will focus on Algebra at the KS2-3 Transition. This is also the focus of some work within the NCETM Year 5 – 8 Continuity Project. The webinar and the resources being produced by the project focus on developing algebraic thinking at the end of KS2 and into KS3 rather than concentrating on the use of letters. The aim is to encourage teachers and pupils to consider algebra as an extension and generalisation of the maths that they already know and understand rather than as something new.
The webinar will consider the importance of understanding how numbers relate to each other in additive and multiplicative contexts and how to deepen understanding of equivalence and the meaning of the equals sign.