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To think Mathletics is a waste of time?

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Dancergirl Tue 15-Nov-16 21:51:46

Dd is in Year 5. As well as written Maths and English homework they also get work set on Mathletics. I hate it and think it's of very little educational value but children like it because it's screen based and therefore 'fun'.

Firstly children tend not to do just the set work. You can play games, create a profile which they can play with, play against other children etc. I think it's just another pointless screen based activity disguised as Maths homework.

Secondly it does not teach them how to set their work out and show their workings out. Today dd had to write bits down so she wouldn't forget the numbers before entering her answer on the screen. So why can't they just do it on paper in the first place??

Lastly, whilst it's supposed to be looked at by teachers, there is no 'marking' or feedback for the children to learn from. They submit their work and then it's forgotten about.

AIBU?

megletthesecond Tue 15-Nov-16 21:55:41

I've paid for it at home because school don't do it. DD spends way too much time dicking around with her profile pic, tbh I don't even ask her to use it anymore. DS is pretty good, he occasionally beasts it and gets into the UK / world top 20, it's good for school holidays. I do have to tell him to work it out on paper though.

minionsrule Tue 15-Nov-16 21:57:51

But is it not classed as 'mental maths' where they work out the answer in their head and not write it down - it helps with speed of calculation - I personally think it is a good thing, its just additional practice and I thought they got the scores there and then so they know how they did - not everything has to be picked apart by a teacher?

Dancergirl Tue 15-Nov-16 22:00:30

DD spends way too much time dicking around with her profile pic

Exactly. And this is endorsed by the school as 'homework'.

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Tue 15-Nov-16 22:04:28

It is scored and marked instantly so no need to mark it again. It also adjusts to reflect the child's ability by getting easier/harder.

Teachers should be keeping an eye on what is being done.

If you use the app on a tablet they can't dick about with their profile picture.

Personally so long as it's not being used as a substitute but as an additional extra I'm all for it.

My son is only in year 1 but we LOVE mathletics. Since signing up he has wanted to do homework / extra maths. He thrives on the competition. I can see how it might be less useful in the future, but for now, YABU.

minionsrule Tue 15-Nov-16 22:09:55

I should have also said that it probably engages kids to do more maths if they are not really keen on the subject if it is an app - its just a different way to engage them. As long as they are also being formally taught the same things the app asks them then I don't see what the problem is

Dancergirl Tue 15-Nov-16 22:55:46

I suppose the problem for us is it's just ANOTHER thing to get done. We don't get home till nearly 4.30pm, there is other homework other than Mathletics plus dd's dance classes etc. If we had more time it wouldn't be so much of a problem but primary aged children get so much homework these days, it's just something else to do.

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Tue 15-Nov-16 23:00:25

Well that's nothing but to do with Mathletics really is it?

Fwiw I would like to some real data and impact analysis rather than just "the children seem to like it".

Dancergirl Tue 15-Nov-16 23:02:14

It is moving because like any other screen based activity, it's addictive! So wastes time.

bumblebeetuna Tue 15-Nov-16 23:05:35

All my children have used it, they do the homework and THEN try to get the top score in their class....

BlackeyedSusan Tue 15-Nov-16 23:23:23

well, who would know if it was dd behind the keyboard or not? <innocent whistling>

Ohyesiam Tue 15-Nov-16 23:36:22

My son has difficulty with maths, and magnetics had helped, first in his confidence, and now in his ability. Repetition is very valuable in maths, they Just need to get stuck in and practice. It is a good adjunct to being taught.
That said my kids school gives very little other home work till year 6.

Ohyesiam Tue 15-Nov-16 23:36:26

My son has difficulty with maths, and magnetics had helped, first in his confidence, and now in his ability. Repetition is very valuable in maths, they Just need to get stuck in and practice. It is a good adjunct to being taught.
That said my kids school gives very little other home work till year 6.

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