I've worked in 2 schools- In the first one lessons were very much, mental / oral, input, everyone does differentiated activtiies, plenary end. Second school, pupils were taught in small focus groups while the rest completed 'activties' - not necessarily relating to what the teacher was teaching, very much a FS / Y1 format. My concern regarding the second option, is that it would mean that focusing on say, the same 6 pupils for a number of days to a week in Maths would mean that the others would lose touch with the teacher. Secondly, if you only had one focus group a day and the rest didn't get input- how would you get even coverage of the curriculum? Thirdly, would this be a better way to teach because the small input would be very much focused on the level of the pupils working, as opposed to addressing several needs in one swoop? Hmmm! I am taking year 2 this year after a short break from them and am starting to think about the way I approach it this year. What do you do? How do you do it? And what are your arguments for doing it? (I.e.- why is it a better way to work than the other way?) Just think thoughts would be so helpful in deciding!