Curriculum-mapped digital resources improve and reinforce learning at London primary school

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Located in an area of high deprivation, with a highly transient pupil, The Kilburn Park Primary School in Brent, North London, has been using 3P Learning’s Mathletics, Reading Eggs and Spellodrome online maths and literacy digital resources to increase levels of pupil engagement, confidence and motivation.  Headteacher Laurence Keel explains how his school is now improving its results by providing individualised learning, based on needs and abilities.

The Kilburn Park School is a two-form junior school situated in South Kilburn in the London borough of Brent. The catchment area is one of high deprivation with over 60% of its 210 pupils eligible for free school meals and 97% with English as an Additional Language.The school moved out of ‘Special Measures’ classification a couple of years ago and is now making good progress forward.

Speaking about the school, Headteacher Laurence Kell said:

“Most of our pupils have English as an Additional Language, although many are second and third generation and therefore bi-lingual learners, but nevertheless missing some more sophisticated aspects of language.  This was one of the reasons why we chose Mathletics – because it is language neutral and visually very appealing. It is also a very useful tool in helping us deal with the many new starters we have to engage with and get up to speed with the rest of their class.”

Mathletics is the multi-award winning online maths learning tool in which pupils practice a range of math skills related to their ability, or pit themselves against other players across the globe in real-time maths challenges. Focusing on games based learning theories combined with traditional mathematic teaching methodologies, Mathletics manages to make practicing mathematic concepts fun and engaging for pupils of all ages and abilities.

Laurence added:

“It’s always important to celebrate skills and achievement and Mathletics makes that easy.In Friday assemblies we give out rewards and certificates to individual children who have logged on and achieved well during the week on each learning platform, as well as whole-class awards.”

In addition to Mathletics, the school employs the usage of English Literacy tool, Reading Eggs to help develop language skills that are lacking in the majority of its pupils.

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Discussing its usage in the school, Laurence commented:

“Reading Eggs is very visual and covers a huge range of abilities. This product is much more than just the thousand online books (which are an attraction in themselves) – it provides key learning in phonics, grammar, punctuation and reading comprehension. With the new National Curriculum placing a renewed focus on these areas of literacy, Reading Eggs can provide useful additional reinforcement activities.”

The Kilburn Park Primary School is gradually integrating the use of both learning tools into more lessons, something which has become more practicable since adding tablet PCs to the classrooms. The main reason for the heavy usage of both systems is due to the personalized learning both Mathletics and Reading Eggss offer.

Laurence said:

“For all the products, one of the key benefits is that they provide individualised learning, based on the child’s reading, spelling or numeracy needs and abilities. This has particular impact in a school like ours which has high levels of transience and English as an Additional Language. There are a wide range of activities for each ability level and certainly enough to keep children engaged for a whole academic year.

“The platforms are an integral part of the learning that the school provides and contribute to the fact that all our children make expected progress, and most better than expected progress, in reading and mathematics. Five years ago we had 40% of pupils achieving Level 4 in maths – now that’s up to 100 per cent, with 96 per cent gaining Level 4 in reading.

“In 2014 the percentage of our pupils achieving Level 4 or above in reading, writing and mathematics was 89% – that’s more than in other schools in Brent and in England.”

For more information about Mathletics, visit http://www.mathletics.co.uk/

For more information about Reading Eggs, visit http://readingeggs.com/

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