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This is the first in a series of posts that
will share tips on how to help your child with Maths at school.
Understanding
the school curriculum and what is expected of your child is an important first
step. For South African schools, the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements or CAPS documents are a useful resource and can be downloaded from the Department of Basic Education’s website (www.education.gov.za). These documents give detailed guidelines on the content covered
per subject per term and how learners are assessed.
Assessments
There are a number of assessments conducted
at school, but it is the formal assessment that is used for promotion to the
next Grade at the end of year. Formal assessment is made up of School-Based
Assessment (SBA) and the End-of Year Examination.
What is School-Based Assessment?
 
These are tests, assignments, examinations,
projects and investigations carried out during the course of the year. The
table below shows what percentage of the Final Maths Mark is obtained from SBA
and the minimum requirement for Assessment Tasks.
Minimum Requirement for Formal Assessment for Maths
Forms of Assessment
Number of tasks per year
Grade
4-6
Grade
7-9
Grade
10-11
Grade
12
 
School-Based Assessment (SBA)
Tests
3
3
4
3
Examination*
1
1
1
2**
Assignment
2
3
1
1
Investigation
1
2
1
1
Project
1
1
Total
8
10
7
7
Weighting
75%
40%
25%
25%
End
of Year Examination
Weighting
25%
60%
75%
75%
*Mid-year
examination  **Mid-year and Trial
Examination
How
do you use this information?
Speak to your child’s Maths teacher and ask these and other questions.
  • Does
    the school follow the minimum assessment requirements above or are there more
    assessments?
  • When
    are these assessments conducted?
  • Will
    there be advance notice given for these tasks so that I can help my child
    prepare?
  • What
    happens if my child is ill and is not present for an assessment task?
  • Can
    you illustrate using the Term 1 Maths results, how the assessments contributed
    to total mark?

Most
importantly, you have to ensure that your child works consistently throughout
the year.

 
15-30 minutes of practice every day, in a relaxed
the atmosphere, will help your child master the Maths skills and techniques learnt
and build confidence.

 

Happy Practising!
Neshni Naidoo
Director: Vedic Maths Forum South Africa

More about Vedic Mathematics:
https://vedicmathsindia.org


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