MathBase Apps

Since 2001 more than 2500 schools have licensed MathBase. Many licences were issued on a permanent basis and are still valid today.

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Aim

The aim of MathBase is to effectively and efficiently support the teaching and learning of numeracy and mathematics.

Audience

Primarily intended for individual use by pupils, MathBase also works well as a whole class and small group teaching resource.

It helps learners of all ages develop sound foundations in numeracy. The user interface isn't age specific and is equally suited to early learners and older students with additional learning needs.

Pupils across the ability spectrum will make more rapid progress with MathBase.

Approach

Numeracy is laid out in small steps with lots of opportunity for 'over learning' where necessary. This simple approach encourages independence - frequently an important concurrent objective. Practice and assessment are combined into one step.

Example

The Number Bonds App demonstrates MathBase's operational approach and richly structured content. It concerns the four operations in relation to the 10 by 10 addition and multiplication tables/squares.

The material is arranged into 21 well defined steps closely tied to the curriculum. They form a continuous track or pathway that is easily and continually accessible. Pupils progress at their own speed with less restraint. In this way MathBase provides opportunities for accelerated learning.

Step 1 practises and tests addition within 5, immediately following this step 2 practises and tests subtraction within 5, step 3 then practises and tests a mix of both operations, ... The final step 21 practises and tests the mix of all four operations and represents the achievement of full table fluency.

Number Bonds can start in reception and is applicable to the entire primary range. The 21 clear targets allow progress in this key area to be measured across the whole school, year in year out.

It is planned that for September 2018 record keeping for Number Bonds will be fully automated.

Requirements

MathBase requires Microsoft Windows 7 and upwards. It is not directly compatible with Mac OS but runs well on any Mac that is also set up to run MS Windows. It is not compatible with mobile devices or iPads.

Currently each package (1 to 6) is in the form of a simple .exe file that can be installed on local machines or held on a central server and accessed locally through shortcuts. A new version of MathBase available September 2018 will require configuration for internet access.

The Garden
Horizon School, Hackney
MathBase first developed 2001
Savile Town Infants
Savile Town Infants, Kirklees

MathBase is one of the most useful programs for our setting

  • No distractions for pupils with ASD
  • Infinitely variable levels so whole group can practice at their own level
  • Useful assessment tool allowing pupils to set their own targets

Margaret Rolph,
Billing Brook School
Northampton