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www.mathswhizz.com is a prize-winning* online provider of maths tuition for 5 to 13 year olds used in over 3000 schools in the UK. Maths-Whizz is aimed at parents, students and teachers.
For schools, Maths-Whizz tutoring can offer an enormous amount of support and inspiration through interactive maths lessons, tailored learning environments, games, toys and fun adventure activities. It follows the New Framework for Maths and comes with over 1,200 exercises and worksheets, each with a bubbly animation that explains the teaching objective.
The lessons are bright and breezy, bursting with colour and contain excellent sound effects. Each lesson delivers about 10 questions. The visuals have been carefully constructed. They are all clear and friendly and dovetailed to children’s level of sophistication and key stage. The software is very impressive indeed and truly interactive. The Interactive Board contains everything you would need to furnish any maths lesson. There are visuals for 2D and 3D shapes, coins, fractions, graphs, numbers, and some excellent tools such as protractors, dice, and calculators.
The materials are highly engaging, concepts are explained clearly and pupils will be queuing up to have a go. I can see how children would become hooked on maths after using these resources and motivated to do more. I can also see children advancing quickly in a short space of time with continued use.
Learner tracking is an integral part of Maths-Whizz and you can follow school, year, class and individual performance at a glance. It is easy to compare topics, pupil performances and use report data to plan lessons. This type of tracking would be perfect for sharing at parents’ evenings. Parents can even monitor their child’s progress through their own account page if they pay a subscription, although not every parent will be in a position to do that.
Boosting maths ability and confidence doesn’t come easily or cheaply, and you will need deep pockets to buy into the resources from Foundation to Year 6. But you have to weigh up the cost against what children and staff will get out of the resources. It might swallow your budget but think long-term and it could pay off.
A number of leading educationalists have helped to develop Maths-Whizz covering the entire maths curriculum from Foundation to Year 8. However, during the review, I spotted a few inaccuracies within the content (for example, within the children’s maths dictionary section) and this needs addressing.
* (Bett Awards 2006 Best Maths Software KS1 and KS2)
Simply the best
This is easily the best service on the market and well worth considering. Maths-Whizz has been described as ‘revolutionary’ and I think it probably is.
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