# 09/05/19

Hi all

Year 7 CAF

Thank you in advance for all your hard work ensuring that all students sit this assessment and that the data deadline is met.

Year 11 Paper 1

Have been thinking about the skills and knowledge that can only really be assessed without a calculator and have come up with following list:

• Arithmetic with Fractions
• Multiplication and Division with Decimals
• Calculating with roots and with integer and fractional/negative indices
• Simplifying and Rationalising Surds
• Calculating with Standard Form
• Calculating with Percentages
• Knowing and working exact trig values (Foundation too!) (Year 10 Aut 1 Lesson 11)

Can you think of anything else? Let me know!

Thanks to Ruth at NES who recently showed me a different pattern for students to learn to help them remember the exact values for tan… of course!

This still requires students to be able to rationalise tan 30; if the question was to circle the value of tan 30 I imagine only the rationale form being available as a choice. Using special triangles also requires students to be able to rationalise though. Interestingly rationalising surds  is a Higher only concept so I am curious how Foundation students are expected to understand why the value of sin 30 is root 2 over 2 if they are only taught the specification. So far this topic has only come up twice on the Foundation tier, June 17 Paper 1 and Nov 18 Paper 1 as below:

No need to rationalise to get these right…

OnMaths.com have predicted a AQA Paper 1 by looking at previous series and seeing what has yet to be assessed. Students complete the predicted paper online and there is also a walk-through YouTube video that accompanies it.

Hope everyone is enjoying the 4 day week!

Louise