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Core Maths prerequisite skills

June 16, 2019

My core maths classes have stopped for the time being as they’ve taken their exams and we’re waiting (nervously) for the results.

That doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about the subject though and a nice prompt was provided in this tweet from @carlosaurus :

I thought about this for quite some time and realised that, actually, I don’t think there is much in the way of prerequisites. There’s really not much of the GCSE material that is used in Core Maths and I think that in all honesty, the only really big topics that’s obviously used again are:

1) Percentages

Students being competent with these would be helpful and, in particular, being happy with using multipliers for percentage change and the concept of ‘reverse’ percentages.

2) Concept of averages

I’d like students to be more familiar with what an average actually tells us (or doesn’t tell us). Being able to compare two sets of data with averages would be handy. Being able to calculate mean averages from a grouped frequency table wouldn’t hurt.

There are a few other things it’d be nice if students were already good at but, seeing as they’re not really on the Foundation tier, I can’t call them prerequisites:

a) Histograms

b) Box Plots

c) Cumulative Frequency graphs

What do you think? Are there any others that should be on this list?

A nice thing about the course

I can honestly say that a nice thing about this course is that it really doesn’t have much of the specific requirements that many level 3 courses do have. I’ve enjoyed taking students from whatever their starting point was and showing them several new and interesting topics.

From → Core Maths, Level 3, Maths

2 Comments
  1. Kevin Higginson permalink

    I have just started making prerequisite worksheets for next year.

    I added in basic shape and space calculations as volume often appears and area obviously fits nicely with histograms.
    Mostly checking that students can operate with these concepts so the problem solving becomes the skill. Think that the word is maturation.

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