Limespring School

Why our summer maths classes can boost your child’s confidence

Recently, I overheard two ladies at the supermarket discussing the cheapest deal on oranges. There were so many options – a 2-for-1 deal, a half price reduction on the second bag, and a 50p-off deal. I’m sure you’ve seen those offers, where you kick yourself if you don’t do the maths and end up paying more than you need to.

I caught some of their discussion. One of the ladies was working out the sums out loud, doing a fine job and asking her friend to ‘remember £1.29’. The other lady seemed exasperated, even stressed, and kept telling her friend to ‘stop bothering’ and to just ‘get the biggest ones’.

I don’t want to speculate about the two ladies I saw, but stress and exasperation at not being able to complete simple maths challenges are often signs I see from children who dislike maths or who struggle with maths and aren’t having their teaching needs addressed. Frustration can also be a sign of dyscalculia, which is present in something like 3-6% of the population and often goes undiagnosed.

I’m very pleased that awareness of the ways in which children learn has greatly increased over the years. Thankfully, this has led to the evolution of teaching methods specifically aimed at children with numeracy struggles.

At Limespring School, we’re privileged to see the positive effects our specialist teaching has on children. Our work is about unlocking children’s potential.

Our Limespring Summer Maths Booster is a 2-week morning school, which we run in the summer holidays, to give children aged 6-11 a head-start to the new academic year. It’s perfect for children with gaps in their maths comprehension and for those who don’t feel confident about going back to a new term of maths classes at school.

It’s based around numeracy: numbers, fractions, times-tables, time, and money, plus an introduction to touch-typing – and importantly, it’s fun!

Classes are run by specialist teaching staff (one for every three children), who are trained and experienced in meeting a child’s individual needs.

Like it or loathe it, maths and numeracy can’t be ignored in adult life – there are bills to pay, train timetables to negotiate and lots of bargains on oranges to be had! The good news is that children with numeracy fears or dyscalculia don’t have to grow up to become adults who are afraid of these everyday encounters.

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