Creating challenge within the Upper Key Stage 2 age-related mathematics curriculum

Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage, Robertson House, Six Hills Way
Course Tutors
Laura Bishop
Admin Contact
Sandra Penstone-Smith (
Target Audience
Early Career Teachers / INCos/ SENCos / Middle Leaders / New Headteachers / New/Aspiring Middle Leaders / New/Aspiring Subject Leaders / Newly Qualified Teachers / NQT +1 / NQT Induction Coordinators / NQT Mentors/Tutors / Overseas Trained Teachers / Returning Teachers / School Direct Trainees / Senior Leaders / Subject Leaders
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Course Types
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Academies and Schools (including EYFS)
Event Description
Is pitching work at the correct level for the most able or setting work which consistently challenges and stretches the most able or improving teaching of the most-able so they achieve higher standards an area of development? Understanding exactly what this means and looks like in the classroom is hard. Pupils who are quick at calculating and getting the right answer might seem secure and ready for the challenge. But do they have depth of understanding? Can they explain their thinking or apply it independently to a different context?

This course will explore how to move pupils through the programme of study ‘at broadly the same pace’ whilst providing opportunities to challenge all pupils. Using our challenge toolkit, we will look at ways to add depth and challenge to tasks suitable for all by adding reasoning, varying representations, asking ‘what if?’ and developing independence.
Training objectives
Learning outcomes
By attending the course, participants will:

  • know what is meant by challenge in maths within the national curriculum

  • explore a range of strategies which enable all pupils to be challenged appropriately gain ideas for rich learning experiences within Upper Key Stage 2 that will deepen the understanding of the high attaining pupils and challenge all learners

Additional Information
Start Date
Wednesday 5 February 2020
End Date
Wednesday 5 February 2020
Closing Date
Tuesday 4 February 2020
09:00 - 16:00
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