We shall explore the challenge of providing extension work for later Key Stage 2 (and early Key Stage 3), with particular reference to collections of "Mathsteasers" - designed to cultivate depth without acceleration.
Whole class teaching has many advantages, and is an invaluable overall strategy. In Years 1-3 or so, teachers may be able to handle the whole class by developing their own repertoire of variations. But at some stage such independence becomes harder to sustain without help. These "Mathsteasers" form a supplement (for Years 4+, for Years 5+, and for Years 6+), which challenge and strengthen understanding by using mildly unexpected tweaks of standard material - so providing "extension", while keeping to the shared programme of study.
Here is a chance to see what is meant by "added depth" by tackling simple problems together, to enjoy the unusual approach, and to discuss why this is important for subsequent development.
Good problems are good problems for everyone. In particular, because the material addresses later Key Stage 2 content in an unusual way, it is also relevant for those who need to revise basic ideas from Key Stage 2 during early Key Stage 3.
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Monday 11th June 2018 (4pm-6pm)
Bishop Challoner Catholic College