Every child in school has login details and can access this wonderful teaching and learning programme in school and at home, with an electronic device such as a laptop or tablet on the internet. We have found that using a laptop is often easier for children and the programme runs more smoothly.
Mathletics is helping children at Wistow to enjoy maths and increase their breadth and depth of mathematical understanding. Mathletics has many aspects from quick fire calculations, timestable music videos and interactive tutorials in line with the maths topics covered in the primary curriculum. This page will show you how you can support your child in using Mathletics at home. Basics All children in year 1-6 have access to Mathletics through their own username and password. This gives them access to all the mathematical games, resources and activities. If your child does not have a username and password please contact the class teacher who can organise setting one up for them. Mathletics activities may occasionally be used as exercises in school. You will be able to see what is being covered in maths in school to best choose activities to play together at home by reading the class newsletters and looking on the website for coverage maps in maps in the curriculum dropdown menu. In KS2, Mathletics activities may be set by the class teacher for homework. Once logged on, your child will not have access to all the games and activities until the given homework activities have been completed. It is important that children do their best in these activities as the scores are stored and can be viewed by the class teacher. For children who do not have access to the internet at home, the school runs a lunchtime club. Please contact the class teacher to arrange for your child to attend. This is available for both KS1 and KS2 pupils. Mathletics also requires a modern browser and an up-to-date version of flash player (free from Adobe). Full technical specifications are on the Mathletics website. A Mathletics app can also be downloaded, but at the present time does not seem to have the full functionality of the website. One tip when navigating the website is to avoid pressing your browser’s ‘back’ button. Rather use Mathletics own buttons within the webpage.
When a child first logs in they will be asked to make a profile. Once complete, unless they have set homework tasks, they will be taken to the main page. On the right hand side of the screen there are the different areas:
Live Mathletics: Quick fire multiplication versus computer, members of class, members of school or the world. (See below) Activities: National Curriculum based activities. (See below)
Problem Solving: The Problem Solving activities are a wide range of activities that present mathematical-based problems in a real-life context. In this area, your child can use the range of number skills they have developed to solve a range of problems in an exciting game-based environment.
Concept Search: Two maths dictionaries so children and parents alike can look up terms they may have forgotten!
Rainforest Maths: Rainforest Maths is a separate area within Mathletics. These activities are designed for students up to year 6 and have a great rainforest theme.
Multiverse: Games on multiplication, a great way to consolidate knowledge of times tables.
Play Paws: Activities based around addition and subtraction.
The Activity area is the place where the most focused learning takes place. Mathletics knows which year group your child is in and will provide core exercises on all topics pitched at that age group. Your child is free to choose from these exercises. The level of challenge for the year group is said to be ‘core’ and it is possible, for most topics, to select ‘something easier’ or ‘something harder’ which would be the level of the year below and above respectively. As your child completes these exercises the marks are recorded. The aim for each is to get a perfect score. If a child receives a red, they will probably need additional instruction from you or a teacher, although there are video tutorials your child can access by pressing the question mark in the blue circle. They can complete the activity multiple times, and will generally improve through repetition. Points are awarded in each activity which are added for the daily and weekly totals. Using these points, weekly certificates are awarded. They are as follows:
1000 points in a week = Bronze certificate
5 Bronze certificates = Silver certificate
4 Silver certificates = Gold certificate (A maximum of one certificate in a week. Point totals reset Sunday night)
To celebrate success the certificates for points earned between Wednesday to Wednesday, will be read out on Wednesday collective worship assembly. The highest scoring children from each class will have their names added to the ‘Hall of Fame’ display in the corridor. Then we also have a team challenge, where our pupils work together in one of four teams; Pythagoras, Archimedes, Escher and Fibonacci - your child should know what team they are in. Each week, some Mathletics monitors total the scores of each individual in each team and we then rank the highest scoring teams. This encourages pupils to work collaboratively for a shared end goal. You can also view and print off any of your child’s certificates at home using the ‘My Awards’ link in the main menu of Mathletics.
In Live Mathletics, your child can challenge other pupils to real-time mathematical races that will test the speed and accuracy of mental calculations. They can choose to compete against pupils from right across the world, or from school or their class. One weakness of Live Mathletics in my opinion is that it is possible for children to choose a level that is too easy for the head-to-head games. At the moment, to my knowledge, there isn’t a way to block these too easy levels. I recommend that parents keep an eye on what level their child is playing. In Live Mathletics, points, which go towards the weekly totals, and credits, which can be used to purchase items from the virtual shop, are awarded to the children for correct answers and beating their own high scores. The items available from the shop are items of clothing for their digital avatar.
So are you ready to be a Mathlete?
Remember, learning is fun and we all learn by mistakes. All you can do is try your best and use resources around you to help when needed. Make sure you challenge yourself and make sure you set your levels to the right kind of questions - if it's too easy move up to the next level.
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