# Maths Toolkit

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by mathsnmusic, Jan 8, 2012.

1. ### mathsnmusic

We have decided on the 10 most important skills that students need to be able to do GCSE maths. We call this the Maths Toolkit:
<ol>[*]<font face="Calibri" size="3">Read and write numbers in figures and in words.</font>[*]<font face="Calibri" size="3">Add and subtract positive and negative integers and decimals.</font>[*]<font face="Calibri" size="3">Know the multiplication tables up to 10 x 10.</font>[*]<font face="Calibri" size="3">Multiply and divide by powers of 10.</font>[*]<font face="Calibri" size="3">Multiply 1/2/3 digit integers by 1/2 digit integers.</font>[*]<font face="Calibri" size="3">Divide integers by a single digit.</font>[*]<font face="Calibri" size="3">Order positive and negative integers and decimals.</font>[*]<font face="Calibri" size="3">Recognise the equivalence between the decimal and fraction forms of one half, one quarter, three-quarters, tenths and hundredths.</font>[*]<font face="Calibri" size="3">Use a protractor to measure and draw acute and obtuse angles.</font>[*]<font size="3"> Calculate the area and perimeter of simple shapes.</font></ol>The idea is that these 10 skills are regularly 'revised', tested and reviewed at KS3 with the intention that by the end of Y8 all students will have acquired all 10 toolkit skills. KS3 intervention is therefore based on these skills and a significant amount of teaching time is spent on these skills.
(Obviously we would like all students to arrive at secondary school having aquired all these skills already but they don't - 3/220 of our Y7 achieved 10/10 in the first Toolkit test.)
What do people think of the list? Would you change anything? We wanted to keep it manageable so you can't add anything to the list unless you remove something else!

2. ### mathsnmusic

We have decided on the 10 most important skills that students need to be able to do GCSE maths. We call this the Maths Toolkit:
<ol>[*]<font face="Calibri" size="3">Read and write numbers in figures and in words.</font>[*]<font face="Calibri" size="3">Add and subtract positive and negative integers and decimals.</font>[*]<font face="Calibri" size="3">Know the multiplication tables up to 10 x 10.</font>[*]<font face="Calibri" size="3">Multiply and divide by powers of 10.</font>[*]<font face="Calibri" size="3">Multiply 1/2/3 digit integers by 1/2 digit integers.</font>[*]<font face="Calibri" size="3">Divide integers by a single digit.</font>[*]<font face="Calibri" size="3">Order positive and negative integers and decimals.</font>[*]<font face="Calibri" size="3">Recognise the equivalence between the decimal and fraction forms of one half, one quarter, three-quarters, tenths and hundredths.</font>[*]<font face="Calibri" size="3">Use a protractor to measure and draw acute and obtuse angles.</font>[*]<font size="3"> Calculate the area and perimeter of simple shapes.</font></ol>The idea is that these 10 skills are regularly 'revised', tested and reviewed at KS3 with the intention that by the end of Y8 all students will have acquired all 10 toolkit skills. KS3 intervention is therefore based on these skills and a significant amount of teaching time is spent on these skills.
(Obviously we would like all students to arrive at secondary school having aquired all these skills already but they don't - 3/220 of our Y7 achieved 10/10 in the first Toolkit test.)
What do people think of the list? Would you change anything? We wanted to keep it manageable so you can't add anything to the list unless you remove something else!

3. ### jenperry11

Hello,

This is a great idea and I am wanting to trial this in my school - do you have any of these tests availble to share?? It was would great if you did!

Thanks.

4. ### afterdarkOccasional commenter

Too ambiguous.
for example item 3
What do you mean 10 x 10 tables? 1 - 10 by 1 -10 or 0 -10 by 0 -10
or item 1
how many digits?
3 digit? 6 digit? 9 digit?
are you including decimals
item 10 which shapes?
yes, the clarity of what you mean by each statement.
e.g. item 6
do you mean short division or long division
with remainder or with decimal continuation?
Can't you slip them in as starters?
as homeworks?
Consider yourself jolly lucky if you work in the UK.
With maths being a cumulative subject, I expect that you do.
why not 10 items in year 7,
20 in year 8 [i.e. add another 10]
and 40 in year 9? [i.e. add another 20]
Where is
use a compass?
draw a reflection?
use a numberline?
use a ruler?
exactly how basic are you going to go?