Mixed Age Classes


New & RetRP & NP working togetherurning Pupils

These mixed age planning guidelines support the delivery of language teaching in KS2 where teachers are introducing a language to new pupils whilst maintaining interest, motivation and progression for returning pupils who will have studied the language for at least one year.

I have created a PowerPoint presentation to summarise my many years’ experience grappling with the mixed age issue in KS2
language classes.There are detailed notes under each slide. Training guidance Planning for progression in mixed age classes PowerPoint Joan Dickie June 2014

You are free to use or adapt this PP for your own training purposes but please acknowledge me as the source. Should you want a personal presentation/workshop of these ideas, please contact me at joandickie1@gmail.com.

Using published schemes of work with mixed age classes

With a certain amount of ‘tweaking’ the ideas expressed in the PP can be applied to some existing KS2 resources, in particular those where core skills are frequently revisited in later chapters. Two-year rolling programmes have been made for the Early Start resource and can be uploaded here. I have also written a two year rolling programme for Rigolo1 French ( now OUP) but need to obtain the new publisher’s permission before putting this online. You can currently obtain a copy by emailing me.

FRENCH: Early Start French Mixed Age Early Start

SPANISH: Early Start Spanish Mixed Age Early Start 2014

GERMAN: Early Start German Mixed Age Early Start 2014

Advice and support

I can offer advice and support on specific mixed age issues. Please contact me at: joandickie1@gmail.com. We may be able to work predominately by email, keeping costs low.

Your specific issues may include:

  • working with 3 or 4 age groups in one class
  • planning for unpredictable class structures (eg. where pupil numbers require different age mixes each year!)
  • working with more than one language in KS2
  • KS1
  • KS3 ( yes this is an issue in several small secondary schools or those using a ‘stage not age’ approach.)