# Tutoring Y5 boy maths - what could I use to assess?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by takethatno1fan, Jul 9, 2011.

1. ### takethatno1fanNew commenter

Hi,
I have started to do some private tutoring and for the first time I am tutoring maths with a Y5 boy. All mum tells me is he is not confident, and is trailling behind his peers.
What would you use to assess his strengths and gaps/misconcpetions etc? I was thinking of maybe an old SATs paper, but didn't really want to start off by sitting him through a 'test' if you know what I mean. Another thought was to pick out the key objectives from Y3/4 and see if I can assess him this way.
Any other ideas?

2. ### dc88

Ask him what he struggles with at school, he will probably be well aware of his weaknesses.

I would maybe make a board game and when either of you land on certain squares you have to answer a question (You could use the test questions below just cut them up and make them into cards.) Any cards he struggles with put to one start and use that a s a starting point. I use to use this with a girl I worked with at the end of a session when she was tired and needed a bit of motivation. She did not realise the questions were a work sheet in disguise.

http://www.wiganschoolsonline.net/curriculum/maths/blockassess.shtm The have mental maths questions as well. OR you could use test base. Hope this helps RLBxxx

4. ### takethatno1fanNew commenter

Wow! A really great idea, thanks so much!

5. ### MsDaisyChain

Why don't you try something like this to start - It has covered more or less everything number wise. It will show you where the gaps are and it starts very basic and gets more complex so you will clearly see where he can get to easily be himself and when he starts to struggle you will know this is your starting point. I tutored a year 5 pupil before - don't be tempted to use full SATs papers as if the school will be using them to assess him next year he will have seen all the questions!!! Use the odd questions to reinforce your teaching

7. ### MsDaisyChain

Great idea to make it a game!!! I would start with the basic though as this will allow you to spot all the gaps no point in teaching fractions if they cant partition etc!
Game idea is great though - I think I will be using that in September with my new class!

8. ### gergil4New commenter

Try some KO assessment tests available for free online, or those form your school. CLEO used to have some available, but I think their website changed. Try a google search.

There's this thing he usually uses which is a pretty good resource to assess with.

It's called his teacher!