6.1 Supplementary Training Videos

The following videos can be accessed by clicking on the embedded videos.  A brief description of each video is given before hand so you can more easily decide if you want to watch it.

While it is not necessary to watch all the videos, it is recommended that you watch a range of videos to become more familiar with the types of answers that pupils give and to become more familiar with administering, scoring and interpreting the assessments.  It will also provide you with ideas about how to question the pupils to uncover understanding or misconceptions while trying to minimise any leading questions.  The more you watch, the better understanding you will have in terms of using the assessments but also the range of strategies and approaches that pupils might use to solve the problems.

For some of the videos, next steps have been discussed and explored alongside the Highland Numeracy Progression as well as suggestions for activities to support learning and concrete materials to help make sense of the maths.  Be aware that page numbers referred to in the video (for HNP) may differ depending on the version of HNP you are using however images are provided for clarity.

For schools completing this as part of whole school training.  You may wish to use Section 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3 as a 'Gap Task' before the next training session.  This will allow staff time to process the information, become more familiar with the assessments and have tried some out themselves.


While watching the videos:

  • Have to hand a blank copy of each of the Knowledge Assessments (Numeral Identification, Forward Number Word Sequence, Backward Number Word Sequence, Grouping and Place Value, Basic Facts).  You may also wish to have the Coding Sheet and the Knowledge Guidance document easily accessible.
  • After each question (or every few questions) or task, pause the video and record the pupil's response (and any additional comments including strategies they've used) and score their response.
  • Continue to play the assessment to see an example of how this was recorded and scored and compare it to your own.
  • If you are completing this activity with others, compare the way you recorded the answers including any strategies that might have been used and discuss any differences in opinions.
  • Before the end of the video, calculate their total score using the optional scoring system and decide on an overall level for the pupil.
  • Continue to play the assessment to see the level the assessor placed the pupil at and compare this to your own decision.  If your opinion is different to that given on the video, discuss with others why this might be.  Sometimes pupil's will be hard to place and they may fall between two levels.  Remember that for the knowledge assessments pupils are placed at the level where they had no gaps to that point (even if they can work out or know other questions later in the assessment). 
  • Based on the assessment, decide on this pupil's strengths, gaps and next steps and compare this to the suggestions provided in the video.

  • Consider the links between the assessments, are gaps in one assessment likely to be impacting on the results of another assessment?

Assessment 1.1

Assessment Complexity of
Delivery and 
Maximum Question
Total Assessment
Video Length 
(with commentary)
 Numeral ID  Easy  Task 2  1m 43s 3m 25s 
FNWS and NWA Easy Task 3  2m 49s 5m
BNWS and NWB Easy Task 2 2m 52s 4m

Grouping and 

Place Value

Easy Task 3 5m 38s 6m 55s
Basic Facts Easy Task 1 3m 07s 5m 05s
Next Steps  N/A N/A  N/A   14m 50s

Additional supplementary videos will be added here soon.