Pre-exam aural check Level 1 Functional Maths
This aural check was used to assess learners before they attended my intensive 1:1 support / revision sessions for the Level 1 Functional Maths exam. These were generally students that I had not met or taught before.
Normally, I spend several sessions getting to know a learner and his or her mathematical strengths and difficulties. However, time was short and precious at the end of the year so I devised this check that was delivered and marked by vocational staff or LSAs. The marked papers were then given to me before I met with each student. It helped me prioritise the topics I needed to cover with each learner and was also a useful discussion prompt.
The check does not attempt to cover all aspects of the Functional Maths criteria but focuses on common areas of confusion. For this reason, I do not recommend it as a comprehensive initial assessment tool. Note all questions are to be read aloud by the assessor.
The topics covered are:
- writing large numbers
- common fraction-percentage equivalents
- writing fractions (you wouldn’t believe how many students couldn’t write ‘one and a half’ as a mixed number!)
- units of time (because many don’t know there are 60 seconds in a minute, etc.), dates, and the 24 hour clock.
- metric measures and basic conversions (a common sticking point for many)
- data collection sheets (because many students don’t know what a DCS is!)
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