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…and the release of Version 2.1 – actually it is such a big change – let’s call it Version 3.0!

The big news here is that DoodleMaths is being launched on Android tomorrow at the prestigious BETT Show in London.  A new version is being released at the same time containing a complete visual overhaul to the app.

As you can imagine, on the eve of the launch, the office is a hive of activity with everyone working hard to ensure the best possible product is presented as this really is a huge release.

As well as the visual overhaul, the app has new games and the pets have been through a thorough detox and makeover at the spa – a personal stylist has even kitted them out!  Even the football now bounces as one would in reality!

If you wish to download the app on Android and and are already a user, you only need to download the app and log in as you did before and you can pick up where you left off. You can use the school iPads, mum’s iPhone in the car, grandma’s Android tablet at the weekend and dad’s Samsung phone on the train.

If you wish the children to cover a particular topic, for example, 2-D and 3-D shapes or perhaps short division, by logging onto the parent/teacher dashboard you can assign these to one, some or all of your children. The child is locked out of the rest of the app until they have completed these topics.

If a child hasn’t been using the app for a while or has suddenly made significant progress in the classroom, you may wish them to do a reassessment.  This can be accessed by logging onto the parent/teacher dashboards.  Additionally, you can adjust the work program up or down by going into the grown-ups section of the app.

The update also includes improved monitoring on the parent and teacher dashboards, as they now allow accurate real time monitoring thanks to improved communication between the app and the dashboards. Due to each child’s work program being backed up online, if you get a new device, have to change device or need to reset your device, the progress is not lost. By signing in again the work program is reloaded from the last time the device had a stable internet connection.

Finally, the app now has localisation so that you can specify from where in the world you are so you only have to cover the topics in your own national curriculum. We are happy to say that DoodleMaths is now use all over the world – including Uzbekistan, Finland, Australia, Dubai and New Zealand!

Why not Download DoodleMaths FOR FREE today and try for yourself!
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PS. That’s not all – DoodleMaths Secondary Maths will be available for download shortly – for a sneak peek visit us at Stand BFG4 at the BETTShow!

On the assumption that your five-year old has a grasp of addition, these are the most important numerical facts a child can learn at this age.

Children who are good at maths have committed a lot of what they know to heart. By this, I mean that important number facts have been learnt and committed to long-term memory. Note that it is widely accepted that there are two ways to commit something to long-term memory: either learn by understanding (perhaps you’d learn the events leading to the start of WW1 in this way) or rote learning (times-tables must be learnt this way in my view.)

I digress… back to the point in hand. The more number facts a child has committed to long-term memory, the more they free up their working memory to perform more complex calculations. A child who can recall the doubles of numbers below ten can then also learn the following without much more effort:

– Near doubles: if you know that 6+6=12, you can instantly work out that 6+7=13.

– Adjusted doubles: to work out 6+8, change it to 7+7 and use your doubles. Doubles, near doubles and adjusted doubles account for the majority of addition facts to 20.

– Double 10, 20, 30 etc. and 100, 200, 300 etc. This innately teaches children place value, and excites them because they are using big numbers! You’ll get them doubling 1000, 20,000 before you know it.

– 2x table: same as your doubles!

– Halving: the reverse of your doubles. But you have to learn them off by heart: if you choose to teach doubles by adding a number to itself, whilst this is sensible in the short term, in the long term many children learning how to halve will attempt some kind of subtraction. Better to get them to learn off-by-heart early on.

– If they can halve, they can quarter. Teach it by halving, and halving again.

– And you can even lead in to percentages, because 50% is one half.

– Partitioning: if they know their doubles confidently off-by-heart, they can double any number by partitioning. Double 24? Well, double 20, double 4, then put it back together.

Of course, the other by-product of doing this is it gets children into the habit of committing numerical facts to their long term memory from an early age. Because maths is never duller than when you are still continually counting on your fingers at 9 or 10 years of age…Image

These are powers of 11. So the next number will be 11 x 11 x 11 x 11 = 14641.

The beautiful thing about the powers of 11 is that they follow Pascal’s triangle:

1

1       1

1      2        1

1     3        3      1

1     4       6        4       1

You add the two numbers above to obtain the numbers below. Pascal’s triangle has a number of applications in probability, binomial expansions of brackets and geometry. It contains an incredible number of patterns within itself. Take a look and see what each row adds up to for a start. And if you want to know more, the best explanation is here.