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Moving from 2 to 3 classes in KS2 and planning

Discussion in 'Primary' started by sceccles, Apr 3, 2020.

  1. sceccles

    sceccles New commenter

    Hi there,
    We are opening a third class in KS2 and I was wondering if anyone has ideas for curriculum planning with a Y3/4, Y4/5 and a Y5/6 class.

    We did have a Y3/4 class and a Y5/6 class
    working on a two year planning cycle but this would mean that some children would miss out on parts of the curriculum, or duplicate parts when we move to 3 classes. Has anyone any experience or ideas please?
    Thanks in advance.
  2. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Years ago when I was in a school that did this, the 4/5 class just did their own thing to a large extent.
    Maths and English were taught from where the children were at, so made no difference.
    3/4 and 5/6 kept the two year rolling programme of topics.
    The 4/5 class did totally different topics, but covered the year 4 and 5 objectives, just in a different context.

    Seemed to work well.
  3. Grandsire

    Grandsire Star commenter

    Hmmm... tricky one...
  4. Grandsire

    Grandsire Star commenter

    I feel I need to make an Excel spreadsheet to explore this one...

    I think the best solution is going to be something like a four-year rolling cycle for everyone.
    Lara mfl 05 and bonxie like this.
  5. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    Try us! We have a Reception class, a R/1 class, a 1/2 class, a 2/3 class, a 3/4 class, a 4 class, a 4/5 class, a 5/6 class and a 6 class. Sorting that lot out took a spreadsheet, huge sheets of sugar paper, post it notes and lots of hair tearing!
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  6. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    That's certainly what we used to do when we had similar divisions caused by the shutting down of the Middle school system and 'odd numbers' of children in year groups to entail the necessity of running the classes like that.
    for example if one had 'Y 3, yr 3/4, yr 4, yr 4/5, yr 5 and yr 6, we put the HA yr 3s and LA yr 4s into the '3/4' class and so on. These classes worked on filling gaps in learning / extending practice in Maths & English for the HA and we had a rolling programme of topics, so children didn't repeat anything and get bored.

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