New Sample Key Stage Tests from DfE

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Just released from the DfE, sample tests for both Key Stages.

Great to see a genuine emphasis on reasoning which backs up everything the new curriculum aims stand for (page 3 of curriculum and often overlooked at a key part of all maths planning?)

Concerns overuse of ‘squared paper’ where workings are to be shown which could suggest that children calculate one particular way rather than making sense of the problem and working efficiently using what they know and understand.

To meet these requirements, there is a real need for schools to prioritise the development of approaches which support children’s ability to reason and use highly effective images such as the ‘Bar’ model from Singapore to make sense of problems and work accurately and efficiently.

We are delighted to be able to offer a range of exciting, high-quality courses, PD days and whole staff training to make sure everyone in your school feels inspired, supported and has a clear way forward.

See our Courses and In School Support pages for information or email Karen to discuss your school’s specific requirements.

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