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Beginning in 2001 more than 2500 schools have licensed MathBase. Many licences were issued for permanent use and are still valid today.

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


Primarily designed for individual use, MathBase can also be useful as a whole class and small group teaching aid.

MathBase helps learners develop their foundation in numeracy. The non-age specific presentation is suitable for early learners and older pupils with or without additional learning needs.

Pupils of wide ranging abilities can benefit from using MathBase as a common resource.


Learning objectives are broken down into small steps with of opportunities for 'over learning' or extra practise. This simple approach enables greater independence. Practise and assessment are merged into one step requiring less teacher intervention.


The Number Bonds app demonstrates the 'MathBase' approach. It takes the four operations in relation to the 10 by 10 addition and multiplication squares.

The material is chuncked into 21 simple steps closely matched to curriculum objectives. These steps form a sequenced track or pathway that is accessible to pupils regardless of teaching class, group or year. Pupils are freer to progress at their own speed. In this way MathBase helps provide opportunities for accelerated learning for all pupils.

Step 1 of Number Bonds practises and assesses addition within 5, immediately followed by step 2 that practises and assesses subtraction within 5, step 3 then practises and assesses a mix of both operations, ... Finally step 21 practises and assesses a mix of all four operations and represents achievement of full table fluency.

Number Bonds can be initiated in Reception and is applicable to the entire primary range. Its 21 targets enable progress in this key area to be measured accurately across the whole school, year in year out.

The aim is that pupils starting with 'Number Bonds' in Reception will reach full table fluency ahead of projected time.

From September 2018 record keeping for Number Bonds will be fully automated.

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


MathBase requires Microsoft Windows 7 or higher. 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.