Many pupils struggle with mental arithmetic skills, often relying on written strategies for questions that should be solved mentally, like 7 - 2.25. This approach not only adds complexity to the question but also proves inefficient. Developing mental arithmetic skills is crucial, as it is an essential life skill needed in everyday situations and crucial for success in exams.
Pupils initially learn the mental strategy through videos or class presentations using carefully crafted PowerPoint slides that demonstrate various representations. Once the strategy is grasped, practice becomes essential. This can be done through two modes: 'Practice' or 'Craft.' Practice Mode allows pupils to hone specific skills, offering 30 different skills to learn and practice.
In this mode, pupils have a 60-second window to answer as many questions as possible. To achieve mastery, pupils must answer 10 questions correctly within this time frame. Once all objectives in a section are mastered, pupils will receive a virtual badge as recognition for their achievement.
After gaining sufficient practice, pupils can then showcase their skills in Craft Mode. Here, they are challenged to answer 30 questions from a diverse range of topics as swiftly as possible. Depending on their speed, they will be awarded an Arithmagician status, ranging from Rookie to Super Genie.
Arithmagicians has gained popularity in schools across England. Starting as a paper-based game, it has now evolved into an online platform with hundreds of pupils engaging in weekly gameplay.
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