Felixstowe Schools Mathematics Transition Project

A partnership between Felixstowe Academy, Felixstowe Primary Schools, NRICH and Trinity College, University of Cambridge


This exciting project aims to strengthen mathematics teaching and learning during the key transition years between primary to secondary education. Research consistently highlights the urgent need for action to address concerns relating to transition issues. In response, we have established this local network of schools to support effective transition approaches.

The NRICH team is leading this project as part of a wider collaboration with Felixstowe Academy and Trinity College, Cambridge. We are very grateful to Trinity College for its generous support of this project.

Professional Development Days in Year 2 of the Project

Next meeting on Monday 24th June

Here are links to the resources introduced on our second day of Year 2:
Shifting times tables

1. Shifting Times Tables / Times Tables Shifts

2. Light the Lights Again and Charlie's Delightful Machine and A Little Light Thinking

3. Seven Squares

We also mentioned the following two articles that may be of interest:

Train Spotters' Paradise
Dave Hewitt alerts us to 'the richness that can be gained by looking at a particular situation in some depth, rather than looking at it superficially in order to get a result for a table and then rushing on to the next example'.

An Exploratory Approach
Kenneth Ruthven outlines a three-part approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics (exploration, codification, consolidation).

Please try out at least one of the tasks above with your students, and come back on 24 June prepared to share your experiences. You may also wish to try:

Remainders and The Remainders Game

Here are links to the resources introduced on our first day of Year 2:
Multiplicative Reasoning


Mixing Lemonade to compare strategies. Followed up with sheet in the Teachers' Resources.

Moved on to sheets of short problems/primary tasks, to be tackled in 'chunks':

Heads and Feet
Punky Fish

Stamp Collecting
Zios and Zepts
Roses and Carnations

Printer Ink 
Pairing Up

Stair Climb
A Leg to Stand On

For each group of problems, we considered these key questions:
  • What strategies have you used?
  • Which strategies are most elegant / effective?
  • How can we move students on to use the most effective strategies?

Moved on to Through the Window and Warmsnug Double Glazing

Finished with some fluency exercises that recognised that time may need to be spent getting students up to speed:

Dicey Operations in Line &/or Dicey Operations - Games 3 & 4
Missing Multipliers
Gabriel's Problem

Article by Mike Askew:
Multiplicative reasoning: teaching primary pupils in ways that focus on functional relations 

Here are links to the resources introduced in Year 1 of the Project.

First day:

Here are links to the resources introduced on our second day

Here are links to the resources introduced on our third day
Here are links to the resources introduced on our fourth day
Alison Hopper's slides (MEI transition project)
Alison Eves' presentation  (Ri Masterclasses)

Links to resources to support teachers

Collections of Short Problems linked to the Secondary Curriculum.

Posters for the classroom.

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“... I would hope that all children could experience at a few moments in their careers ... the power and excitement of mathematics ... so that at the end of their formal education they at least know what it is like and whether it is an activity that has a place in their future.”

David Wheeler