The coloured table above “Mathematical Concepts Covered by Each Bond Block Activity” is particularly helpful when using Bond Blocks at a whole school level. Schools new to Bond Blocks often test the whole cohort of students, for example Year 4 students. Doing so helps to identify (i) those who need intervention and (ii) cohort gaps in teaching/learning.
The Excel spreadsheet of test results can be analysed in two ways:
- Reading the horizontal rows provides student-level information. This data can be used to identify students who need intervention and extension. It can also be used to form groups of students working at a similar level for both intervention and tier one class teaching.
- Reading the vertical columns provides cohort-level information. Columns where most of the students have had difficulty show gaps in teaching/learning. This is frequently in the content areas of missing number equations and word questions. Once these content areas are identified use the “Mathematical Concepts Covered by Each Bond Block Activity” table above and find activity numbers related to those topics. Complete these activities with the cohort.
For example, each of the questions highlighted above have the whole as the missing number in subtraction. The Mathematical Concepts Covered table linked above shows these questions relate to Activities 13, 32, 39, 48, 49 and 67. Use the data in this way to inform targeted teaching at either a whole class or intervention level.