# Maths ‘spelling’ tests

I teach a group with low prior attainment.

One thing I noticed is that they often lack the knowledge that other students take for granted, which holds them back.

We were discussing the questions “Write  $\frac{4}{5}$ as a decimal” and their lack of knowledge that $\frac{1}{5} = 0.2$ really held them back.

I thought back to spelling tests I did as a kid, learning the fact, covering up and then being tested on the word. These seemed to quite effective, and I thought I could do a similar thing with maths. So I designed some maths ‘spelling’ tests. You can download them here. At the moment, there’s only 4 of them. Hopefully by sharing the PowerPoint and format, people can adapt them. If you do this, please share your versions below.

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### Richard

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