I'm a current Year 2 teacher and am aware that this is a bit of a vague question. I've been working abroad for the past 5 years and have just come back to the UK to teach in the state system again. During my time away, I've read some amazing blogs, articles and listened to some wonderful podcasts about Maths, but I've been unable to access a 'Hub' and have had limited access to directed CPD. I was just wondering if any of you lovely people on here would be able to help me sort in my head what Maths at Primary should look like? Curriculum structure - I've heard loads of different ideas about this: Using blocks is best to ensure they master one skill before moving on, some schemes use a spiral curriculum approach, each new guest on the Craig Barton podcast seems to have a new way they structure the 'learning journey; of children. What do others in Primary do? I love a bit of the White Rose MTP myself, but have seen this criticised too! Lesson structure - 3 part lesson, 'ping pong', everyone working on the same problem. This is a massive point for me. What should a lesson look like? At the beginning of my personal 'mastery' journey, I made the mistake of thinking I could 'differentiate by depth' (please don't hate, I know now why this is wrong), then I tried getting all the children to do some fluency, followed by reasoning and problem solving. My issue is: if we all do the same task, some children fly through it and some need a lot more time on it. If I start dividing this up into different tasks and assigning children to tasks, I limit their potential learning. If I give the children a choice of challenge, then they choose an inappropriate challenge. What is working for people out there? Assessment - Pre assess, post assess, tracking children for interventions, assessing children before a unit of work in order to differentiate work or respond to the needs of the children. How much assessment are people doing? What form does this assessment take and what have you found to be most useful? I love a bit of diagnostic questions by Craig Barton, I like to use them as a 'hinge' question to check learning at the beginning of the lesson. What do other people use? Differentiation - Some research suggests that setting children based on ability is harmful for their self esteem, but I've just listened to a podcast with Craig Barton and Mark McCourt where Mark suggests homogenous groups are important for mastery. I've heard mastery being described as 'the benefits of 1:1 tutoring but with the whole class' - how do you assess where the children are at and meet the individual needs of each child, if the attainment gap is high? I don't like setting, but I understand why people go down this route. I've tried offering different challenge levels and letting children have some choice (or linking it to starter hinge questions eg if you found this question hard, choose this activity etc). It's not a perfect system though and I'd be keen to see what other people do in this aspect. Resources - do you create your own or do you go with a scheme? I'm assuming of course we all all using CPA resources throughout, I'm asking more about where we get the starters and problems from. Lots of people are talking about websites where you type in the objective and get differentiated sheets with a powerpoint starter. The resources seem quality, but is it that simple, or should we be making bespoke? What are people's views on this? Textbooks - Should we go with a scheme? I was taught at uni that textbooks were lazy and too rigid. Now research papers are telling me they are the bee's knees! What do you think? I'd be really keen to hear from anyone who has any experiences here or who may share my confusion about the seemingly opposite ideas floating around. Please do get in touch, I'd love to hear ideas on these and any other maths problems.