I have been looking further at some of the resources from the examination boards. In this post we will look at some of OCR’s Teaching and Learning Resources.
From OCR, it strikes me that the Check in tests will be very useful in KS3, consider the language of functions, for example, the first questions could be used with students as young as Year 7. Full details of the Check in tests can be found in the Teachers’ Guide. Each test is of a similar format in that Questions 1-5 cover procedural calculations (AO1), questions 6-8 require the ability to reason and communicate mathematically (AO2) and questions 9-10 relate to problem solving tasks (AO3). There is also an extension task. Very usefully (thank you OCR) the Check in tests are also available in Word Format.
I used the questions from this presentation with Year 7 (age 11-12) when we were studying highest common factors and lowest common multiples.