SUMS Online Schoolzone Review
Indepth review of SUMS Online by Schoolzone

Sums Online was used with a Year 6 lower/middle ability set of children. It was used primarily to reinforce work carried out in class and we found it particularly useful when used as part of our booster sessions in preparation for Year 6 SATs in May. Sums Online was used once twice weekly for approximately 30 minutes sessions. We found it most beneficial when used with the whole class as a starting point, or for reinforcement work. Pupils watched the session and participated in the interactive aspects of the lesson, and then follow up work would be provided. We found the colourful, well laid out approach of Sums Online provided the pupils with important visual aspects of learning – especially important for pupils who need this approach in learning. Staff found the content to be of a high quality, very accurate and ideal for booster work leading up to SATs. Many aspects of the CD-ROMs promoted important discussions, which again promoted essential learning.

Student Response
The pupils who used Sums Online expressed positive responses both to the visual aspects of the CD-ROMs and its easy to follow information. Many pupils felt that seeing the detail on the IWB enabled a better understanding of sometimes difficult to explain concepts. All pupils felt the quality of the CD-ROMs were bright, colourful and interesting. Certainly, all staff who used the CD-ROMs believed that pupils did benefit from the clear presentation style of Sums Online.
Personalisation
Although Sums Online is not specifically aimed at pupils with special needs in maths, the lessons by design were easy to follow and many children, who did have special needs in maths, did find the step-by-step approach beneficial. We used Sums Online with our middle/less able pupils who we felt benefited greatly from the visual aspects of the lessons.
Special Needs
Although Sums Online is not specifically aimed at pupils with special needs in maths, the lessons by design were easy to follow and many children, who did have special needs in maths, did find the step-by-step approach beneficial. We used Sums Online with our middle/less able pupils who we felt benefited greatly from the visual aspects of the lessons.
IWB Suitability
Sums Online was used with the IWB with the whole class present. Both pupils and staff felt that this medium used with each CD-ROM encouraged participation and promoted a great deal of mathematical language related discussions. Pupils were noted to be far more interested in concentrating when presented with the visual information as apposed to sitting in front of a computer screen alone or in pairs. Far more language and discussion arose from the use of the IWB and it was also noted that the pupils generated a great deal of discussion and correct use of mathematical vocabulary about the concepts covered – again this was not evident when pupils were presented with similar concepts in paper form. Overall, staff felt that pupils benefited greatly from using Sums Online with the IWB and group/class of pupils.
Assessment and pupil tracking opportunities
Although no specific age-related comparison data was maintained whilst using Sums Online, it was noted that many of the children's scores in the NC SATs were higher than expected – this may have been aided by the use of this software. Also, we did note that all of the content of the particular CD-ROMs we explored did directly relate to level 4+ of the National Curriculum which was appropriate for the Year 6 we were teaching. We felt the standard of the work displayed on the Sums Online was associated to National Curriculum levels for Year 6 expectations.