Online programmes can be a great way to get children into the habit of extra learning at home, in a way that’s more fun and motivating for them so there will be no arguments about getting them to spend time practising their learning.

The Maths Factor is a fun online programme for primary school ages children, focusing on maths skills.

It’s been found that regular sessions, even for 15 minutes at a time, can really make a difference to accelerate children’s learning and that the “little and often” approach works brilliantly.

The programme includes daily sessions which start off with a maths video from Carol Vorderman where she explains the concept, and then continues with some quick warm up activity and then the main practise where children complete games to consolidate what they learned in the video.

As you can see, the site is bright and appealing and really user friendly for both kids and parents.

The site was set up by Carol Vorderman, the UK’s best-selling children’s education author – and I’m sure a lot of parents remember her from Count Down too! Luckily my kids do enjoy maths, and I would love for them to have the confidence and ability with numbers that Carol has, so she is a great person to learn from.

Carol said: *“I set up TheMathsFactor.com, offering video tutorials, practical sessions and games, to help children establish maths confidence at an early age. Since The Maths Factor started in 2010, over 25,000 pupils have signed up to the site and now we can see the incredible results that come from doing ‘little and often’. Building maths confidence early and encouraging enjoyment of the subject is key to improving the performance of British children.”*

I signed up my eldest boy, who is 7 years old and in Year 3, to try out The Maths Factor. He found that Carol Vorderman’s videos were really easy to understand and made new topics clear to him very quickly.

The way that topics are explained in the videos with visuals on the white board, clear explanations and repetition of the key points does make the maths very simple.

The video content makes The Maths Factor different to other online learning programmes we’ve tried, and I think they will really help with learning. Each video is only a few minutes long, so that they keep the children’s attention.

If your child needs more practice on a particular topic they can repeat that unit’s videos and practice if they need to, and if you need to, you can also skip your child ahead in the programme. You will need the parent password to do this, so children can’t move themselves around in the programme without a parent’s knowledge. You’ll also get an email to let you know that they have moved forward to another topic.

### Special Offer

Studies have shown that taking part in a little bit of Maths practice every day can boost a child’s progress by up to 25 months in one year. To make this accessible to every child, The Maths Factor are offering access to the 30 Day Challenge for just £1!

**Visit www.themathsfactor.com to take part. **

*The 30 Day Challenge launches on 1 September 2015 and can be started any time before 30 September 2015 and used for a 30 day period. Signing-up for The 30 Day Challenge will also allow users access to The Maths Factor site. To sign up, and to take advantage of an introductory £1 offer, visit: www.themathsfactor.com Usual subscription price is £9.99 per month. There is no minimum commitment and subscriptions can be cancelled at any time. *

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My daughter is 8 and my son 5 – they love maths!

My son has just turned 5 – he’s doing very good BUT loves reading more, this may peak his interest in numbers more 🙂

My daughter is nearly 4 and she loves maths, she doesn’t know its maths though as I use sneaky ways to get it in!

8 and she likes Maths but could maybe do with some extra practice at home too

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My son is 6 and he is doing well with his Maths though needs a bit of help to conquer the times tables!

My son is 8 and just started Year 4. He has started struggling with Maths and has started to hate it already – so anything that would get his enthusaism back would be fab x

My daughter is 12 and is doing pretty well in Maths – always room for a boost though! My son is 5 and says he hates numbers! He just doesnt get subtraction at all! :O

8 and 10 and doing good i think

I teach Kindergarten.

she is 11 and struggles quite a bit

6 and doing okay but finds it hard something

My children are too old, but my Goddaughter is nearly 6 and, like me, is more of an English wiz, so she’s struggling a little with her maths

10 but always needs help.

my son loves maths its his favourite subject, but I know he would enjoy doing extra at home. we have done some of carols maths books and really enjoyed them. Thanks

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My little sister is about 10 she is doing alright

9 years old and share struggles with maths xx

My daughter is 7 and she loves maths

My child is 9 and is ok with maths but we could do with some practise.

My daughter is 8 and doing well but always looking for anything to help encourage

My godson is 5 and s doing OK!

My son is nearly 4 and we are only just practising it

This would be perfect for my son who loves his technology more than writing in a book. Would be great too for daughter in Y6 for her sats revision.

My little girl is 6 and doing really well in maths in school.

My Son is 7 but born in August so one of the youngest in his year. He has just started Keystage 2 and is in a mixed year class with much older children so worry how he is going to cope

My 10 year old is struggling with Maths but my 5 year old loves numbers.

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My son is 6 and seems to enjoy maths (more than I did at school!!!!)

My 10 year old struggles with maths. My 5 year old is doing great with maths so far

My niece is 8, she enjoys maths but could do with a little help x

daughter is seven and is struggling with maths

my eldest is 10 and loves maths, top of his class, but my younger two who are 5 and 4 are better with their letters than their numbers

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my girls are 4 and 9, the 4 year old has only just started school, so apart from learning to count, she hasn’t experienced maths. our 9 year old loves her maths and we are always helping her, especially with the bigger sums, we try and learn her to break the sum up into little chunks. our son is no where near learning maths as only 23 months old.

My granddaughter is 7 and loves maths but worries she might not always understand when new topics are introduced

My son is 8 years old, in year 3 and is maths crazy.

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My son is 5 and enjoying maths so far

My son is 5 and loves Maths. I think he is deffo going to be a numbers person.

Slowly but surely – helps having a maths teacher as a grandad! (@PeanutHog)

My daughter is 10 and is generally ok at Maths 🙂

My kiddies are 4 and 7 and both enjoy maths. x

My son is 11 and has just started secondary school Maths, which he is just starting to get the hang of. My daughter is 5 and has just started reception and learning about Maths.

My son is 8 and doing really well with maths. Its his favourite subject and he has a real hunger for it.

My sons in year 6, this would great help ready for his sats

My son is 5 and is slightly below average. The Maths Factor looks like a really good way to get children excited by maths

My son is 8 years old and he struggles dreadfully with maths, we are trying everything we can but he is upset that he can’t grasp it and he feels silly

My eldest is almost 5 and home educated so this would be an amazing prize. He’s fantastic at addition and subtraction and can do it in his head super fast.

My son is 8 and he has a fear of maths and says he hates it at the moment so I’m trying to change this mindset

aged 7 and doing ok- could do better if it was more enjoyable though

My daughter is seven and struggling with Maths to be honest at the moment.

My boys are 10 and 8 and enjoy maths!

daughter 10, she is great at maths, son 7 needs this to make it more fun.

I have three grandchildren at school and I think they are all right at maths but would benefit from any further help.

Both my daughters struggle a little in Maths, so this would be amazing! They would find it a real benefit 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

My son is 8 and loves maths

8 years maths enthusiast and 6 years maths novice