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Stretching children working at Level 5 going into Year 6

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by TheGazMan, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. TheGazMan

    TheGazMan New commenter

    Hi there,
    I'm looking for some advice in relation to stretching children in year 6 who come into the year already achieving 5B/5A. Clearly if they come in achieving these kind of levels then the natural progression is for them to start working towards level 6. What resources/ideas do people use in these circumstances? What would secondary staff recommend? I've seen the Level 6 tests and would like them to be the end game for these children at the end of the year - with hopefully the outcome being that they achieve the level. Having recently been handed the role of G&T co-ordinator and with being a year 5/6 teacher this is one of my main areas for development this year so I'm looking forward to getting some inspiration!
     
  2. TheGazMan

    TheGazMan New commenter

    Hi there,
    I'm looking for some advice in relation to stretching children in year 6 who come into the year already achieving 5B/5A. Clearly if they come in achieving these kind of levels then the natural progression is for them to start working towards level 6. What resources/ideas do people use in these circumstances? What would secondary staff recommend? I've seen the Level 6 tests and would like them to be the end game for these children at the end of the year - with hopefully the outcome being that they achieve the level. Having recently been handed the role of G&T co-ordinator and with being a year 5/6 teacher this is one of my main areas for development this year so I'm looking forward to getting some inspiration!
     
  3. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    http://nrich.maths.org/public/
    There have been lots of debates about enrichment vs acceleration on here. The above site is excellent for developing problem solving skills.
    Have you spoken to the secondary that you feed into about what type of preparation they feel would benefit your G&T students?
     
  4. TheGazMan

    TheGazMan New commenter

    Hi, thanks for this. I'm going to speak to the secondary in September when we go back. We have a specialist teacher who visits us for an hour every other week, from the secondary school, who I'm sure I'll be able to talk to. I want to be ready to hit the ground running in September though so wanted to have ideas at hand prior to returning.
     
  5. DM

    DM New commenter

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  6. I'd also suggest some of the bowland materials from http://www.bowlandmaths.org.uk/ may be of use. There is a fair variety and some activities may be clearly out of reach but some should be accessible. If I recall correctly a laregely accessible one is the "Alien Invasion" investigation.

    Hope this is of use.
     
  7. TheGazMan

    TheGazMan New commenter

    Thanks for this - they look great. I know my class would love some of these - I'm having a go at the crash test now! I'll have a look at Alien Invasion next.
     
  8. DM

    DM New commenter

    Unfortunately, they won't love them quite so much when they do them again in KS3.
     
  9. That was my first thought - before you use these resources you might want to mention it to your secondary school(s).
     
  10. TheGazMan

    TheGazMan New commenter

    I'll have a chat with the lead secondary teacher. What I would say is that we in primary have a job to stretch our most able children in year 6. There's no way, SIP's, OFSTED or any other person analysing our data would be happy to see a child working at 5A going into year 6 still working at that level at the end of the year - we'd be pulled to pieces. This means we have to look into Level 6 work, which means yes there's an overlap with secondary. But without opening a can of worms, isn't it then the job of secondaries to find ways of extending learning and challenging children, to show progression, in the same way we speak about above?
     
  11. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    Similarily I have a year 4 in my maths group who is working comfortably at a level 5A. The resources I have been using are "labelled" year 6 rather than year 4 but this is the level he is working at so these are the resources he needs to access. If a child is working at a level usually found in secondary school then SOME of the resources we need to use with them will be those that are used in secondary schools if not simply because there aren't enough "primary" resources at this level!.
     

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