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Part 2: Building Progress

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Summary

A primary teacher continues to monitor her Key Stage 2 pupils as they perform maths tasks outside the classroom, in the second of this four-part series on the pilot version of Assessing Pupils' Progress (APP).

Following some gap analysis, Jackie Nicholls runs a lesson designed to get her Year 5 class at Dickens Heath Primary School in Solihull, to apply the numeracy skills gained in the previous lesson.

Jackie sets her pupils a series of musical mathematical tasks and investigations based on their maths vocabulary. She gathers evidence of how much from the previous lesson her students can now apply in practical tasks.

With help from APP specialists, Donna Wright and Louise Burnett, Jackie begins to re-evaluate her level judgements.

Note that current advice is that schools should apply APP to all their pupils, rather than the benchmarked small-group approach here, capturing and identifying smaller amounts of evidence without using portfolios.

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