Excellence Awards

12th March 2015 - Catch Up® Excellence Awards: Coedpenmaen Primary School, Rhondda Cynon Taf - BRONZE award winner (Catch Up® Numeracy)

Organisation: Coedpenmaen County Primary School
Intervention: Catch Up® Numeracy
Submitted by: Karene Thorne

Our School is Coedpenmaen Primary School in Pontypridd. We are a small Primary School from nursery to year 6 pupils. We link with Trallwn Infant School, with their year 3 pupils coming over to join our school. We started Catch Up® Numeracy as a trial in 2013, as we currently successfully run Catch Up® Literacy within our school. Catch Up® Numeracy has proven to have a huge success rate with our pupils, showing an average number age increase of +20 months with the Basic Number Screening Test (BNST). The children are now also working harder and understanding more within the classroom.
We have now introduced Catch Up® Numeracy to children from years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Catch Up® Numeracy is timetabled to take place every afternoon, Monday to Thursday. The children receive 2 x 15 minute one-to-one sessions for Catch Up® within a specialist location.

On a Friday, we offer additional support for children who have reached the end of their Catch Up® Numeracy sessions, if they are finding anything difficult within the classroom. This is our way of making sure that they are not forgotten and that they can still have support if needed.

Learners have been selected to be tested with the Basic Number Screening Test by class teachers and the Head of Maths, due to progress within class and standardised scores.

Case Study 1 - Catch Up® Numeracy
Child A was a very shy and unconfident 8-year-old boy with learning difficulties, who also lacked social skills. He didn't have the best understanding of number words, and had a number age of 5.4 when starting the intervention. After four months, he was re-tested with the BNST, which showed an increase in number age to 7.8. This has shown a huge benefit within class as he has become more confident. He recognises both numbers and number words so is, therefore, able to work out calculations as he has more of an understanding. He is no longer a shy little boy within class and will now raise his hand within a lesson to give an answer to a question.

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