Sara Tilley from Curious Maths shares her review of MathsBeat.
Recently, I had the chance to try out MathsBeat, a new digitally-led Primary Maths mastery resource from Oxford. Lockdown restrictions meant I was unable to try it out in the classroom but I took the opportunity to have a good look at what MathsBeat has to offer. Here are my favourite features:
Interactive Whiteboard Software (IWB)
I was delighted to find that MathsBeat features an IWB. Moving forward teachers will be so much more tech-savvy than before COVID-19. I think the IWB will be used heavily to support teaching and is a big selling point of the product; the workspaces are excellent.
I know the IWB has already been a feature with the Numicon software but we are in different times now. Most teachers I know are using websites for their virtual manipulatives at the moment; not having to go onto a website will be a benefit and having the official Numicon shapes on the MathsBeat software is a biggie!
Expert videos from Mike Askew
The Mike Askew videos are a firm favourite of mine. They are really useful for developing subject knowledge in the area you are going to teach. Mike Askew helps you to think more deeply about how to teach for mastery and how to assess understanding. The video clips are short, to the point and very clear. They are like little nuggets of CPD!
MathsBeat features digital planners, which are easy to follow. Everything you need is there; you get a real feel for the sequence of work through the presentations, videos, and practice sheets provided.
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|MathsBeat includes time-saving Digital Planners that collate IWB software, front-of-class slides and downloadable pupil practice activities into one easily accessible place.|
Well-structured and easy to follow
The content is easy to navigate and the guidance is clear. There is a lot of it, but the tabs work well to break the year groups into terms, topics, weeks and so on.
I really like the 3-phase teaching sequence approach that MathsBeat offers. The structure allows for getting children communicating mathematically and thinking more deeply. It will work well for the primary classroom and is clearly explained.
The Teacher’s Handbooks rank highly in my list of things I most like most about MathsBeat.
The ‘Tasks in Practice’ are such a useful addition and provide teachers with an insight of what to expect and how they might ask questions to consolidate and deepen the children’s understanding. Having a picture of what it might look like in action is very helpful and the questions and statements provided help the teachers think more deeply about the activities. They are clearly set out with plenty of visuals to support the narrative. Additionally, the ‘On track’, ‘Going Deeper’ and ‘Needing Support’ parts work well under the umbrella of mastery.
Sara Tilley is a Primary Maths Consultant through her company, Curious Maths. She has worked in primary education for twenty-five years, with nine years spent as a Primary Maths Consultant for Enfield Local Authority. She is an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST), an National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM) Professional Development Lead and has an MA in Education. Sara currently writes and delivers the Primary Maths CPD programme for all teachers in Enfield, Barnet and Brent schools.
MathsBeat is a digitally-led Primary Maths mastery resource for Key Stage 1 and 2. Overseen by expert authors and series editors, Mike Askew and Robert Wilne, MathsBeat is designed to engage ALL children with maths and provide them with the depth of learning or support they need.
The clear and consistent teaching sequence builds in progression and assessment throughout and includes embedded professional development resources to support all levels of teaching experience. Find out more at www.oxfordprimary.co.uk/mathsbeat