At Walthamstow Academy the Inclusion department provides maths intervention through Numbershark - a computer program to help anyone improve their understanding and use of numbers.
The program teaches and reinforces numeracy using a wide variety of carefully designed games. There are over 500 topics to choose from. Older students, with reasonable number skills, use Numbershark to improve their mental maths - sometimes before exams.
Variable speeds and other options meet all levels of skill. The program addresses many of the difficulties which lead students to dislike maths. These include poor short term memory, limited attention span and poor sequencing skills.
To help those with dyslexia and dyscalculia many of the games give a visual idea of what is happening when you add, subtract, multiply or divide. Fractions and decimals are also shown visually. Numbers are shown as abacus, digits, objects, number pad, rods, number line and 100 square to help basic understanding.
Most games have no time limit so students have space to work out their number strategy and to build confidence. Variable speeds and other options help to match individual needs.