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So You Think You Can Count? Get Even Better with The Maths Factor!

Crevette has been trialling The Maths Factor, Carol Vorderman’s online Maths practice site for primary school aged children, and we decided to share our experience.

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“Primary-aged children, who regularly completed 15 minute sessions on The Maths Factor, have demonstrated how Maths learning can accelerate dramatically. Those who completed an average of three or more sessions a week for 12 months saw their ‘Maths age’ advance by 19 months. That’s seven months of additional progress in the course of one year.”

The Maths Factor adventure started before Crevette even tried the programme for the first time. As we signed in, he had to choose his own username and password. He was pretty excited as it was his first time doing that.

Crevette’s first task was to choose his avatar. He went for a penguin and had a quick tour of The Maths Factor to understand the sequencing: video, warm-up, practice.

The Maths Factor - Session

Crevette found out about the rewards he will get when giving correct answers: correct answers count up as well as new games which will unlock when completing activities.

The Maths Factor - Games Centre

Crevette started with a simple mental Maths activity. He was given 40 seconds to complete as many simple sums as he could (e.g. 3+5), before moving on to more complex sums using numbers 1 to 99 (e.g. 68 + 4). This activity dis not have a time constraint, but Crevette found it quite difficult to start with. He was worried he would get some of the answers wrong and counted on his fingers to complete the sums. He still managed to get 23 out of 24 correct.

The Maths Factor - Crevette Adding

The following session was a video of Carol Vordeman giving a clear explanation of how to add 2 to any big number on a 100 square. Focusing on units rather than the big numbers really helped Crevette not panic. As the demonstration, was unfolding, Crevettte started finding answers more quickly.

He was then able to complete the following activity, dragging sheep to complete sums. No fingers were used!

After each session, I receive an email to keep me updated. I think this little email makes a lot of difference. It means I can allow Crevette to be completely independent in his learning. There is no need to check on what he is doing. I know I will get a report on his progress and I can help him later on if needs be.

The Maths Factor - Practice Results Card

Since each session takes an average of 15 minutes, it is not a daunting exercise for Crevette. It has now become part of his after-school routine, just like reading and practising spellings. He has been making progress in micro-steps and enjoying his successes.

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  1. sharon martin
    12/10/2015 / 3:59 pm

    geography, i love learn where places were too

  2. Rebecca Howells
    12/10/2015 / 4:35 pm

    Food technology – it was the only subject I was any good at! (@PeanutHog)

  3. Lisa Houston
    12/10/2015 / 7:35 pm

    english. because my teacher was a hottie and it made me try hard to impress him

    • Mel
      12/10/2015 / 9:42 pm

      Ha ha!

  4. Chris Fletcher
    12/10/2015 / 7:40 pm

    My favourite subject was art – I loved to draw and could spend hours sketching away!

  5. Angela Paull
    12/10/2015 / 8:22 pm

    History – more to do with the teacher than the subject lol

  6. 12/10/2015 / 9:05 pm

    Im trying to get my 5 year old into maths, he has such a short attention span :/ x

    • 12/10/2015 / 9:06 pm

      I liked art but maths was in my top 3

  7. Maria P
    12/10/2015 / 10:52 pm

    Music as I loved to play on the piano

  8. Robyn Logan Clarke
    12/10/2015 / 11:01 pm

    Biology, I found it interesting and had a great teacher

  9. lynn neal
    13/10/2015 / 11:03 am

    Maths I have always loved it!

  10. cherie shaw
    13/10/2015 / 2:26 pm

    I loved art ! I love been creative.

  11. victoria thurgood
    13/10/2015 / 3:35 pm

    I liked history finding out about the past

  12. amy webb
    13/10/2015 / 4:46 pm

    Craft and design!

  13. Claire Nelson
    13/10/2015 / 4:51 pm

    I always found history fascinating and my teacher was great!

  14. Debra Winfield
    13/10/2015 / 6:53 pm

    I loved English literature, I loved escaping into a different world with a book.

  15. clair brown
    13/10/2015 / 8:51 pm

    I loved maths, I enjoyed solving problems especially algebra

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