Our Maths department has found that using interactive online content really helps to boost learning, both in and out of lessons.
Students are encouraged to use a variety of programmes that can be accessed at home and at school to aid self-evaluation and revision.
Methodmaths (for KS4), is an interactive programme that allows pupils to attempt past GCSE papers. Pupils get instant feedback indicating how many marks they have achieved per question and how far off they are from the next grade level. They also have an opportunity to correct any question they have got wrong or partially correct.
Mathswatchvle is used for both KS3 & KS4 and allows pupils to listen and watch demonstrations of a huge amount of topics.
Mymaths.co.uk is a website used for homework and independent learning in lesson. The site offers interactive lessons for pupils to review their lesson before they attempt their homework. In some classes, pupils have been given the task of learning a topic independently and assessing themselves through attempting the homework.
Maths teacher, Mr Grey, feels teaching staff and students value the importance of self-evaluation.
He said, “Many of the homework tasks and revision tests give instant feedback, which means students can evaluate which parts they are struggling with while the task is fresh in their mind.
“Also, if a pupil attempts the task again, it is slightly different which increases the likelihood of understanding.
“There have been examples of pupils that have used these sites for GCSE revision and progressed two grade levels from Year 10 to the end Year 11.”
Alongside these online resources, pupils also have access to two banks of laptops and six computers in each Maths classroom.
Each classroom also has a pack of Response Pads which allow the pupils to answer multiple choice questions provided by the teacher. This information is collated via a computer program and allows the teacher to instantly see how well pupils understand the subject matter, and identify areas for improvement and development.