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.

 

Here are links to the resources introduced in Year 1 of the Project, 2017-18


First day:

Slides
 


Second day:




Third day:
 
Fourth day:
 
Alison Hopper's slides (MEI transition project)
Alison Eves' presentation  (Ri Masterclasses)
 


Here are links to the resources introduced in Year 2 of the Project, 2018-19


First day:
Multiplicative Reasoning

Slides 

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':

Flapjack
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 


Second day:
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:
Here are links to the resources introduced in Year 3 of the Project, 2019-20
 
First Day (15 Oct 2019): 
Working Systematically


School Fair Necklaces
Nine-pin Triangles
Finding Fifteen

For more primary tasks, see our Working Systematically feature, as well as our KS1 and KS2 Finding All Possibilities collections.

Odds and Evens
Two's Company
Cosy Corner

These three problems will be live in the new feature to be published on the 17 October: Getting started, getting stuck
 
For more KS3 problems go to our Working Systematically collection


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