About Maths Mate

The Maths Mate Programme is based on the principle that regular, structured practice helps in the development of both short and long term memory. As a result, students’ mathematical knowledge, skills and problem solving abilities are consolidated and extended through systematic, weekly revision.

How the programme works

  1. The Maths Mate sheet is completed. For the younger child, parents sign the work and students correct their work in class.
  2. The student record- keeping sheets are completed. Over successive weeks, weaknesses in particular sets become evident.
  3. Students identify the appropriate Skill Builder as listed on the record keeping sheet.
  4. Students are supported with instructions, worked examples, a glossary and maths facts.
  5. Teacher records are maintained for easy reporting to parents.
  6. If a student is having difficulty with their problem solving strategies, then the Problem Solving Hints & Solutions can be used by teachers to develop the student’s skills.

Key features

Diagnostic Design

After correcting their own worksheet each week and marking the boxes at the base, students can easily transfer their results to the corresponding boxes on the record keeping sheets (student record keeping sheets are provided at the start of each term in the student pad). This way, areas of strength and weakness are highlighted.

Skills Based

All skills acquired by students at each Maths Mate level relate to key mathematical standards. Being skills-based means every major topic is revised every week.

Consistent Structure

Maths Mate has been designed to provide a consistent, structured programme for students so they can better understand and eventually master skills that are causing difficulty.

Benefits for All

Maths Mate provides both achievable and challenging levels of work for every student through frequent and regular practice, as well as assisting in the development of good study habits. It motivates students towards becoming independent learners and taking responsibility for their own progress. Teachers are able to provide a diagnostic method of assessing student effort, strengths and weaknesses on a regular basis, as well as minimises the need for topic revision each year. The programme provides parents and caregivers with clear expectations of their child's mathematical work requirements and encourages partnerships in student learning and progress.