Variation Explained

Updated: Dec 19, 2019


Procedural Variation – calculations are connected and pupils use the relationships to find easy ways of calculating.



​Conceptual Variation – representing the same concepts in different ways to draw out essential features and form a fluent and deep understanding of the concept.


​For example, making connections between the different representations is important. Concrete Pictorial Abstract - all 3 are developed together – moving with fluency between the concrete and abstract.


Conceptual Variation



Representing the same concepts in different ways to draw out essential features.  

Making connections between the different representations is important.


Use conceptual variation to highlight misconceptions

Which picture shows one fifth?




Procedural Variation

Calculations are connected and pupils use the relationships to make connections.

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