12th February 2014 - 5 Top Tips for organising Catch Up® Numeracy with older learners in your school
1. Don't assume anything!
2. Think about Catch Up® from the learner’s point of view!
- Just because they are older doesn't mean they are secure with even basic numeracy skills, so always administer the Catch Up® phase 1 assessments before starting the Catch Up® individual sessions. The assessments will identify any gaps which may be holding back the learner’s progress in numeracy.
3. Link Catch Up® sessions to classroom work
- Don't timetable their Catch Up® sessions so they miss their favourite lessons.
- Make sure you have a quiet space to do the Catch Up® sessions away from other pupils.
4. Involve the learner in making decisions
- Use the Comments and Follow-up boxes on the individual session record sheet to liaise with the maths teacher about any difficulties the learner is experiencing.
- Make the classroom/intervention connections clear to the learner, e.g. “Now we’ve done these activities on counting backwards in 5s, you’ll find it easier to do subtraction in the classroom.”
5. Finally - make it FUN – aim to make the learner laugh at least once in a session!
- Remember: 'Catch Up® is done with the learner, not to them'
- Let them make some decisions within the session, e.g. ‘We are going to work on counting on in 10s. Do you want to go first or shall I?’
- Make the most of the Comments box. Encourage them to reflect on their learning, e.g. ‘What do you know now that you didn’t know before?’
Kath John, Catch Up®