It's not my class so I don't blame myself for the fact that the class are so behind. When I started teaching them on placement, place value really confused them and now they seem to understand it much better and with decimals too. They've made quite a bit of progress I think and the class teacher has agreed with me. This is the first time I've taught addition and subtraction but I knew I needed to tackle this because time and time again I see them making errors. Most children in the class can't divide which is another problem. They don't seem to know many strategies, but I do know the school likes the kids to use the number line method so this is what I'll be getting them to do tomorrow, with the exception of one group who are more secure and showed me that they can do it. All of the children seem fine with column addition when adding. I don't know if the children were assessed in September. I was only in for the odd day before christmas and block placement started late March. They might be the middle group in school but most are below average ability or so I've been told. With enough support they seem quite capable and they are making progress. I just hope that soon they can feel confident about tackling subtraction sums. They don't seem very confident when they are using number lines either.