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Ideal lesson length?

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by trinity0097, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. trinity0097

    trinity0097 New commenter

    45min sounds ideal. I've been at schools with 1hr 11 or 12min (too long!), 1hr (OK, but with weaker children too long) and at my current school 35min (about 10min too short, generally don't have time for starters and/or plenaries)
     
  2. Karvol

    Karvol Occasional commenter

    At KS4 we have 5 x 45 min lessons. We are currently mulling over whether to change this to 4 x 45 mins for those kids who will not be taking maths at a higher level after KS4 and 6 x 45 mins for those who will be.
    There are plenty of arguments both for and against, so it will more than likely not change.
     
  3. I've worked in schools with 2.5 x 75 mins per week; 4 x 50 mins per week and 3 x 60 mins per week.

    For me 4 x 50 was best. I loved seeing the students almost every day as it gave a real 'flow' to learning rather than the stop/start of the other extreme where some weeks I only saw students twice.
     
  4. David Getling

    David Getling Lead commenter

    For KS4 I'd say that between 50 and 60 minutes is about right. This means you can usually get a nice balanced mixture of chalk and talk, and exercises without rushing. This is particularly the case when the topic is one that most students find challenging.
     
  5. afterdark

    afterdark Lead commenter

    I like 50 to 60 mins
    long enough for
    a starter
    a class exposition
    class working time [the main bit of the lesson]
    plenary / homework setting [announcements]
    I can do double lessons but the children need it breaking up.

    Interestingly the amount of time allocated to the teaching of mathematics was cut generally speaking across the board prior to 1982..
    The Cockcroft Report
    http://www.educationengland.org.uk/documents/cockcroft/cockcroft09.html
    item 486
    "In recent years the proportion of the teaching week given to mathematics
    has decreased in most schools as additional areas of study have been
    introduced into the curriculum. Records available within the DES show
    that some thirty years ago the usual allocation of time for mathematics
    in grammar schools was six periods per week, each of about 40 minutes.
    The survey of fourth year pupils in 150 modern schools, carried out in
    1961 and quoted in the Newsom Report*, showed that the average time
    given to mathematics in mixed schools was 215 minutes per week; the
    average in boys' schools was 260 minutes and in girls' schools 180
    minutes. The present time allowance for mathematics in most secondary
    schools is the equivalent of five periods of about 35 minutes in a week
    of 35 to 40 periods for all pupils up to the age of 16 - some 175
    minutes in all."
    and that was in 1982

    so in the 1950's grammar schools had 4 hours+ of math per week.
    and now we have... 3 hours and counting [down?]
    but hey, on the bright side, the results keep on getting better

     

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