Find the maths weekly plans by looking for the orange button that says 'weekly plans' on the short blocks page for your year group.
The Weekly Plans and the Shorter Blocks share an approach where topics are revisited frequently and each skill set is built up in smaller increments. Some advantages of this approach are that children are less likely to forget things and also pre-requisite skills are more likely to have been covered in each area. Since the Shorter Blocks and the Weekly Plans share this pedagogy, we suggest that any teachers using the latter have a close look at the Shorter Blocks. These have some benefits as well as preserving a spiral curriculum.
Shorter Blocks are new – they present a wealth of materials not available in the Weekly Plans including practice specifically tailored to mastery, and reasoning and problem solving tasks and assessments. There is help for pre-teaching or support groups, a document outlining likely misconceptions as well as PowerPoint presentations for every day’s teaching, should teachers elect to use them. And as always with Hamilton, all the teaching materials are adaptable so that they can be amended to suit each particular class’s needs. Shorter Blocks are certainly worth a look before downloading the Weekly Plans.
The NNS in 1996 encompassed a spiral curriculum which comprised a fairly tight spiral where topics were taught in shorter bursts and mostly revisited twice a term at least. This avoided 3 complications which arise when teaching from long blocks.