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Discussion in 'Primary' started by bigbop, Aug 7, 2018.

  1. bigbop

    bigbop New commenter

    I am thinking of subscribing as they look very useful, especially as my school has moved to the SDI model. Has anyone used them? Opinions please.
  2. modgepodge

    modgepodge Established commenter

    Yes, they are good. Every small step for every year group has a PowerPoint for use in intro, then worksheets for fluency, and worksheets for reasoning/problem solving. These are differentiated 3 ways (emerging, expected, greater depth), and fairly discretely (‘No Tom, I’m not sure what the GD means, sorry....’) - the questions all look fairly similar so none of mine have clicked yet that that don’t all have the same sheet!!

    I wouldn’t use the, every lesson, as it would get very samey. But they are ideal for newer/less experienced teachers (ive recommended them to my NQT), for the objectives youve never taught before or are less confident in how to teach (constructing pie charts, anyone?!) or, for those inevitable days where everything’s got on top of you and you just haven’t had time to plan a decent lesson!!
  3. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    I used the worksheets, but not the powerpoints as I had slides from another source ( 'master the curriculum' on FB, but they are sorting out a website soon).
    The sheets were fab, as is the SPAG and reading stuff.

    Not sure what year you are, but for KS2 I would say it is worth the money.
  4. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Errrrrrr I have over 20 years as a maths specialist and yet still found them invaluable for the days when I needed some fluency practice or some ideas for reasoning/problem solving. :p

    School doesn't have suitable maths text books, so I had to look elsewhere and these are better than twin kl, which can be good enough sometimes.

    Sometimes sitting quietly working through examples is a decent lesson.

    I sometimes chopped up the questions into singles and children did one question, marked it, did another and so on.
    Sometimes I chopped them up and they raced to finish at least five, or similar, in any order.
    Sometimes we had them on the board and used them for the input.
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  5. modgepodge

    modgepodge Established commenter

    Oh I completely agree. The resources are good. But it would be far too easy to literally use every small step lesson from classroom secrets, as it’s all just there prepped for you. And I do think doing that every lesson would be dull. But maybe that’s just me!

    Ps decent textbook for fluency practise - I recommend ‘target your maths’ books. They are about £8 on Amazon - if you’re pushed for budget, you could always just buy one and photocopy it?
  6. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Nope I agree completely. But there are plenty of teachers out there who follow all kinds of naff/ok/excellent schemes to the letter day after day after day.
    School have the old ones of these and they are ok sometimes. But again boring to use all the time.

    Better still...move to nursery and get to do practical maths and more practical maths every single day! No textbooks. No exercise books. No 'scheme'. No nowt!
    Scary but sooooo exciting!
  7. Over_the_hill

    Over_the_hill Star commenter

    I love Classroom Secrets. I use it twice a week on average and do the same as @caterpillartobutterfly says and chop up the reasoning and problem solving questions and put them in baskets for them to take. The PowerPoints are great. Definitely worth the money if your school wants to see fluency/ reasoning / problem solving in every lesson.
  8. bigbop

    bigbop New commenter

    Thanks for all you replies

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