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Mathsathon Winners


4to12maths Mathsathon Results

Education and maths the key to children’s future

  • Irish website 4to12maths.com aims to improve maths skills for 4-12 year olds.

  • Results of School & Class ‘Mathsathon’ .

  • Prize fund of €3,000 with school and class winners receiving €1,000 each.

  • Vital for our economy that as a nation we improve at maths


“This is a great win for Scoil Mhicil Naofa, Galmoy and I am delighted for the children as they put in a lot of effort during the Mathsathon. What more could you ask for; knowing that your pupils maths is improving and having fun at the same time. 4to12maths is an excellent teaching resource, as it is the only website that aligns itself to the Irish Maths Curriculum and can be used by pupils both in the classroom and at home. It is also of benefit to all pupils irrespective of their maths level.”

Mr. Brian Boyle, Principal, Scoil Mhicil, Galmoy, Co. Kilkenny.


Launched in 2011 in response to falling standards of maths in Ireland and the small percentage of Irish students now taking higher level maths in the Leaving Certificate (only 16%), 4to12maths.com aims to improve early performance in maths for 4 to 12 year olds.

The aim is that early intervention should have a big impact on student’s understanding and later maths performance.

As part of 4to12maths.com’s on-going efforts it is ran the 4to12maths ‘Mathathon’ from 27th February 2012 to 5th April 2012.

The results of competition are as follows:

Position

Class Competition

School Competition

1st

Ms. Aisling Geary, St Paul’s NS, Dooradoyle

Scoil Mhicil Naofa, Galmoy

2nd

Mr. Brian Boyle, Scoil Mhicil Naofa, Galmoy

St. Patrick’s BNS, Donabate

3rd

Mr. Donal O’Halloran, Ballygarvan National School

Ballygarvan National School







John J. Hogan, CEO of 4to12maths.com said “We wanted to provide a safe, online environment within which children could practice and improve their maths skills. We felt that a competition would provide teachers with an excellent opportunity to motivate their pupils and engage with maths in a positive and meaningful way”

“The winners shared a prize fund of €3,000 with the winners in each category receiving €1,000 each. We decided that whilst the greater prize for teachers, parents and pupils is an improvement in maths standards we needed to have a prize fund that was meaningful, especially in these tougher budgetary times for schools.”

“We were astounded not only by the level of signup by teachers but also by the level of engagement by the pupils that the competition generated. We look forward to the benefits that the competition and continued usage of the website will bring in terms of the improvement in maths standards”



Quotes from Teaches & Principles

“This is a great win for Scoil Mhicil Naofa, Galmoy and I am delighted for the children as they put in a lot of effort during the Mathsathon. What more could you ask for; knowing that your pupils maths is improving and having fun at the same time. 4to12maths is an excellent teaching resource, as it is the only website that aligns itself to the Irish Maths Curriculum and can be used by pupils both in the classroom and at home. It is also of benefit to all pupils irrespective of their maths level.”

Mr. Brian Boyle, Principal, Scoil Mhicil, Galmoy, Co. Kilkenny. 

 

“My class is over the moon with winning the class Mathsathon. Their hard work has paid off. Who would have thought that maths and fun could be go hand in hand but with 4to12maths it does. A lot of teachers in our school use 4to12maths.com are they are really positive about the Mathsathon and the website in general."

Ms. Aisling Geary, 5th Class Teacher, St Paul’s NS, Dooradoyle, Limerick. 

 

"We are delighted to have finished 2nd in this years 4to12maths School Mathsathon. The effort that both the pupils and teachers put in certainly paid off. It is fantastic to see the pupils eager to practice maths and the prospect of earning stars was certainly an incentive. Many thanks to 4to12maths for both developing this website and running this competition.”

Mrs. Anne-Marie Hennigan, Principal, St. Patricks BNS, Donabate, Co. Dublin. 

 

“The children are the real winners here as I have never seen them so enthusiastic about maths before. They fully deserve their 3rd place in the class competition with the hard work that they put in. Using 4to12maths, both during and outside of the Mathsathon, has allowed me to set homework and class assignments in maths and produce a level of passion in maths that I have not seen before. This is ultimately down to the children but 4to12maths and the websites features must share some of the credit”

Mr. Donal O’Halloran, 5th Class Teacher, Ballygarvan National School, Co. Cork.



About 4to12maths.com

Designed for both the classroom and the home, 4to12maths.com is the only website which follows the Irish National curriculum. Once children log-on to the website, depending on their age / class, they can concentrate on specific areas of the curriculum which they might be weaker at. Equally, children who are excelling can move ahead and be further challenged.

The Irish website also enables parents and teachers to set “Awards”, which makes the training tool fun, motivating and rewarding for kids to use in their free time.

John J. Hogan, CEO of 4to12maths.com said, “It is vital that a child grasps the core mathematical building blocks from the start of primary school or they will play catch-up on a continual basis throughout their further education and research has shown that if children are engaged in maths and enjoy it from an early age, their standards improve greatly.

“We therefore developed 4to12maths.com to do exactly that and to empower parents, like ourselves, with the tools they need to greatly improve their children’s exam performance and skills. 4to12maths.com is unique in that it’s an educational tool that is tightly aligned to the Irish curriculum, gives regular reports on a child’s performance and is also fun and engaging for children with “Awards” and “Learning Focus”.

“We wanted to make our website accessible to everyone and therefore deliberately kept the cost of 4to12maths as low as possible and have made it free to schools for the current academic year. For parents, at just €9.99 a month, an annual subscription is no more than what you might pay for 4 maths grinds for your child in later life”, concludes Hogan.

Research has shown that an improved standard of maths in Ireland will ultimately improve the country’s future economic prospects given the importance of the subject in a range of careers that school leavers are now being geared towards.



Statistics

  • In the 2011 Leaving Certificate, less than 16% of the 51,991 students took the higher level maths paper. 10% of students failed maths at ordinary level, a total of 4,367 students failed maths across all levels.[1]
  • An OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) which assesses the achievement of 15-year-old students in reading literacy, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy found that Ireland had dropped from 20th in 2003 to 26th (out of 34) in 2009.[2]
  • After health, education is seen by parents as the most important thing for their children. Education is seen as the key to our children’s future.
  • Ireland has the third highest proportion of maths, science and computer graduates in the 20-29 age cohort in the EU.[3] Even at this we need more and with a greater emphasis being placed on a national basis for employment in the ‘knowledge economy’, the importance of maths and by extension quality graduates with advanced maths skills will become more important.
  • Almost half of sixth-year secondary school students are taking grinds, according to a new report from the Economic and Social Research Institute. The ESRI study found a higher incidence of grinds in pupils from wealthier backgrounds, and that Maths was the most common grind subject, followed by French and then Irish.[4]
  • Research carried out in the UK by the Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning concludes that, of all subjects, performance in maths in early years carries a large weight in predicting future attainment. [5]
  • An International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) carried out in 1995 indicates that over 43% of Irish adults between the ages of 16 and 64 are categorised as having level 1 & level 2 literacy levels. To be in level 3 a person would, for example, be able to make an inference and then perform a single numerical operation (e.g. add or subtract).[6]



[1] State Examinations Commission, 2011 Leaving Certificate Examination results

[2] http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/19/13/46971917.pdf

[3] Source: Eurostat Yearbook 2010

[4] ESRI Report: From Leaving Certificate to Leaving School: A Longitudinal Study of Sixth Year Students, 20/9/2011

[5] http://www.learningbenefits.net/Publications/ResReps/ResRep23.pdf

[6] http://www.nala.ie/

 

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