I struggle to love maths. Distant memories of being made to stand in front of class and recite my times tables as a child still haunt me. Of course my maths learning took place in the dark old days when the most fun you could have was putting in certain numbers on your calculator and turning it upside down so it would spell “BOOB”. We have moved on from there so let me introduce you to something much more fun. Britannica SmartMaths Practice aims to improve confidence in all areas of maths using a game like interface with six different levels depending on age and skill. It covers topics such as:
- Numbers: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and percentages;
- Shape and Space: curves, angles, quadrilaterals, triangles, circles and symmetry;
- Algebra: elementary and complex equations;
- Measures: length and distance, time, money, perimeter, area, volume and speed;
- Data Handling: pictograms, block graphs, charts, statistics, probability, coordinate geometry.
It is aimed at those aged 6-14 years of age with activities and quizzes, but I can tell you as a grown up of a certain age it was a revelation to me too! You can even earn badges and points that can be used to choose a different character to cheer you on. I don’t think maths would have been half as traumatic if I could have worked my way through a bright happy place such as this! Get those kids learning with this – and have a look yourself. You would be amazed at what you have forgotten!