The RM Group
Published 01 February 2006

RM Maths software: Individual Learning, Assessment and Evaluation

Individual Learning, Assessment and Evaluation

RM Maths is a fantastic learning tool to aid teachers in developing each pupil's unique ability in numeracy. St John Vianney Catholic Primary School in Blackpool share their experience of RM Maths and reveal how they have discovered the benefits for themselves!

What does RM Maths have to offer?

RM Maths is an exceptional tool for making maths fun! It offers a little and often approach, keeping the maths concepts 'simmering' in the mind of the pupil enabling them to recall the information more easily.

RM Maths also offers the teacher:

  • Valuable information on each pupil's progress, their weaknesses and the key objectives in the National Numeracy Framework they have covered.
  • Diagnostic assessment through activity, marking and storing information, saving the teacher time and complimenting the planning process.

St John Vianney Catholic Primary School, Blackpool.

RM Maths is used within Years 1- 4. They targeted two groups of children in order to help them meet their objectives:

  • Pupils who they feel otherwise will not reach Level 4 by the end of Key Stage 2.
  • Able children in Years 1 to 4 who they feel can be stretched appropriately by using RM Maths.

Adrian Metcalf, Head Teacher explains:

"We chose RM Maths because we wanted some maths software that would assess children and act as the third part of our numeracy improvement strategy. The first part is good quality teaching, the second is good support staff and the third is RM Maths."

A tool that's helping to deliver results...

It was important to St John Vianney primary school to know that they had invested their money wisely.

"We chose RM Maths because we thought if we could get 15 minutes of quality concentration, and 15 minutes particularly of mental maths, then we would end up with an improvement. We said we would see at the end of the day if the SATs results were better - and they were."

St John Vianney primary school decided to measure the improvements RM Maths delivered by continually monitoring the SATs results achieved.

"We ended up with 10% better results at the end of the year in terms of the number of children reaching Level 2c or higher in their Key Stage 1 SAT results. In Key Stage 2, the optional SATs taken at the end of Years 3 and 4 showed improvements of 5% as well."

Melanie Haggerty, a Year 2 teacher at the school describes her experience with RM Maths and their overall results:

"Last year even my lowest ability group in Key Stage 1 all managed to achieve at least a Level 2c. This was the first year ever we have achieved that across an entire year group. The only thing that had changed was the use of RM Maths, it was the only thing that was different that all the children had experienced."

Supporting good teaching practice...

The support RM Maths provides the pupils and teachers is valued at St John Vianney primary school.

Head Teacher Adrian Metcalf reports:

"At the end of every six week period we pull quality data from the RM Maths reports for assessment, and we haven't had that before. In fact you could actually say I've got a far better assessment tool here than I could have as a teacher; because it will give you an assessment across all the curriculum for every pupil."

Helen Watmough, a Year 2 teacher at the school, describes her experience:

"It helps us as teachers when we plan our numeracy for the week. We can use the information RM Maths gives us about pupil progress to set work for the different ability levels in the class."

Helping pupils reach for success...

The teachers found the Teacher Reports a source of surprise, with some pupils performing beyond the level anticipated by the teacher. The result has been increased expectations to which the children respond, finding themselves in an upward spiral of achievement.

"We were surprised by a small group of children who reached the target levels in their SATs despite our belief they never would achieve it. Their use of RM Maths meant these children were more able, more vocal and more confident."

Another aspect Adrian Metcalf comments on:

"If you raise children's self esteem, as well as their levels of achievement, there has got to be a knock on effect across the whole curriculum. RM Maths is about positive feedback, what children need to understand is that they've got more strengths than weaknesses."

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