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Mixed Year Maths (1/2, 3/4, 5/6)

Athene Reiss By Athene Reiss

Hamilton has always been attentive to the unique challenges of teaching mixed age classes, and we are pleased to announce that mixed age flexible and short maths blocks are coming for 2019-20.

We have been delighted with the popularity of our new maths blocks. The good news is that the benefits of Hamilton's maths blocks will soon be available to mixed year group teachers too. Mixed age maths blocks for Years 1/2, 3/4 and 5/6 will be appearing on our website from summer 2019.

We liked seeing the shape of the whole year, the choice of both group activities AND practice sheets for differentiated abilities and the uncluttered, user-friendly presentation of the blocks.

Oxford teachers reviewing a preview of blocks

Autumn Term flexible and short blocks for mixed age teaching will start appearing in June, and they will be fully available from the end of July — ready for you to use in September. Spring Term will appear from late October and Summer Term will appear from late February.

Our long flexible blocks allow you to choose how to structure your term's teaching, while our short maths blocks provide all the inbuilt advantages of the weekly plans and more. Find out more about the benefits of short maths blocks.

What will be included in the mixed age blocks?

Like our single year blocks, the mixed age blocks will include units organised around a specific objective or set of closely related objectives. Each unit will contain everything you need to teach mastery of the relevant skills and concepts to children in both age ranges:

  • Teaching and activities. Each teaching day includes whole class teaching for each age range, and differentiated group activities for children working below ARE, children working around ARE and children working at greater depth.
  • Quick mental workouts. In place of oral/mental starters, we are providing quick mental challenges to help you keep numeracy skills 'on the boil' either as a warm up before your maths lesson or as a separate activity.
  • Procedural fluency practice worksheets. Each day has practice worksheets for both age groups.
  • Mastery: Reasoning and Problem-Solving. A set of mastery questions will help you assess mastery for each unit. Each unit also comes with a dedicated problem-solving investigation that is 'low floor, high ceiling' and can be tackled by all the children in your class.
  • Extra support. Each week, inevitably, there are some children who are unable to succeed at age-related objectives. These intervention activities, if used consistently as you go along, have the potential to make a lot of difference to the children who are below ARE.

We plan to add mixed age maths blocks for years R/1, 2/3 and 4/5 in due course.

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