Glenboig’s Primary 7, winners of the Autumn Sumdog maths contest with (front middle) Cllr Frank McNally and (front right) Charles Mathias from Sumdog.
Primary 7 pupils at Glenboig Primary School have come first in an online maths competition run across all North Lanarkshire Council Primary Schools. Councillor Frank McNally, Convener of Education at North Lanarkshire Council visited the school on Wednesday (18th January) to congratulate the class and present them with their winning trophy.
The competition was run by Edinburgh-based social enterprise Sumdog, who have developed a sophisticated online game-based learning system specifically designed to improve skills and attainment in maths and literacy and carefully aligned to the Curriculum for Excellence.
Primary classes taking part in the competition needed to answer up to 1,000 maths questions per pupil as accurately as possible while using Sumdog’s online learning platform over the period of one week. The class achieving the highest percentage of correct answers were declared the winners.
In total, 458 pupils in 22 classes across North Lanarkshire took part in the competition and answered over 133,860 questions correctly. Glenboig’s Primary 7 pupils clinched the Sumdog trophy with a score of 771 points. Glenboig Primary 7 pupil Kameron Taylor achieved the highest individual score out of all pupils that took part across North Lanarkshire with fellow pupil Katie-Louise Brown also coming in the top ten.
A recent major study of Glasgow Council primary schools found that pupils who spent an average of one hour per week using Sumdog progressed three times faster than those who used the website and apps very little or not at all. Sumdog have subsequently entered into a partnership with Glasgow City Council to provide full access to the online learning platform to all P3, P4 and P7 pupils.
Commenting on the pupils’ win, P7 Teacher at Glenboig Primary School, Kirsty Wright said:
“The whole class worked exceptionally hard to come out on top and I couldn’t be prouder of all the hard work they put in. Using Sumdog has been really beneficial in terms of boosting their enthusiasm for numeracy learning and they’re absolutely delighted to have won.”
After presenting the trophy Councillor Frank McNally, Convener of Education at North Lanarkshire Council, said:
“I am delighted to be here today to congratulate Glenboig’s Primary 7 class on winning Sumdog’s Autumn maths contest. It is encouraging to see how excited the pupils are to use Sumdog’s online learning platform and the effort they have all put in to win this competition. It’s also great to see the many benefits of online learning in action and the important role it can play in helping to improve attainment in numeracy.”
Sumdog CEO Andrew Hall commented:
“We’re delighted that so many schools have taken part in this competition. As a social enterprise, we are passionate about ensuring that Sumdog makes a real and meaningful contribution towards encouraging learning and improving attainment, particularly amongst those pupils from the most deprived backgrounds.”
Notes to Editor
(Interviews with Andrew Gallacher, Maths Education Coordinator at University of Glasgow and Glasgow Primary School Teachers Lynne Scott and Mike Bennett)
(Interview with Sumdog CEO Andrew Hall)
Sumdog is a social enterprise with headquarters in Edinburgh. Set up in 1994, Sumdog has developed an online learning system specifically designed to improve skills and attainment in maths and literacy and aligned to the Curriculum for Excellence from ‘early’ to ‘third level’. The Sumdog website is now used by 2.8 million children in 88 countries worldwide. Further information about Sumdog is available at www.sumdog.com.
About the Glasgow Effectiveness Study
The recent study looked at the effect of Sumdog’s game-based learning service in Glasgow City Council schools. Carried out over a period of six months between December 2015 and June 2016, the study found that pupils who spent an average of one hour per week on Sumdog’s maths games progressed three times faster than those who used the website and apps very little or not at all.
The majority of those who took part in the recent study attended a school where more than 60% of the school population lives in the 20% most deprived datazones in Scotland, as measured on the 2012 Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. In total, 764 students across 63 Glasgow Primary Schools took part.
The final report from the Sumdog Effectiveness Study in Glasgow City Council Schools is available at the following weblink: www.sumdog.com/en/1606_research/attachments/Sumdog%20Glasgow%20Effectiveness%20Study%20Report.pdf