The Webinar was so helpful, and the staff involved are feeling really encouraged by the support the programme offers.
Are you at risk of dyscalculia?
This list is by no means exhaustive and may indicate signs of number and maths difficulties.
- High levels of maths anxiety.
- Anxiety that interferes with concentration and overloads memory.
- Anxiety that causes physical symptoms such as sweating, shaking, and heart palpitations.
- Low self-esteem and self-doubt about maths abilities.
- Reluctance to participate in math-related tasks.
- Avoidance of maths-related activities.
- Negative thoughts and feelings about maths abilities.
- Difficulty subitising (the ability to recognise groups of three without formal mathematical processing).
- Consistently losing place when counting.
- Not meeting age-related expectations.
- Not keeping up with the curriculum.
- Repeated failure and negative experiences with maths.
- Associating number words with their symbols. For example, they do not associate the word ‘eight’ with the symbol ‘8’
- Reliance on ‘counting-on’ strategies: using fingers rather than mental arithmetic methods.
- Differentiating numerical quantities, 208 is smaller than 802.
- Highly reliant on inefficient pictorial methods for calculations.
- Writing number digits the wrong way around consistently.
- Difficulty with estimating.
- Losing place when counting backwards.
- Difficulty placing numbers on a number line. For example, cannot identify that the number 8 should go between 5 and 10 on a Number Line.
- Difficulty with the conceptual understanding of place value.
- Generalising information; 5+2 = 7 to work out 50+20 =70 and difficulty connecting the relationship.
- Consistent procedural errors when adding and subtracting numbers
- Difficulty working with a sequential pattern.
- Confusing signs +, -, x, ÷
- Confusing or not understanding mathematical vocabulary.
- Difficulty with times tables recall.
- Difficulty recalling foundational number facts.
- Finding it hard to complete mental arithmetic tasks in a given time.
- Difficulty with everyday tasks such as checking change.
- Difficulty with reading time.
- Dyscalculia is a specific learning disorder and can co-occur with some medical conditions.
No child with dyscalculia will ever be overlooked again!
The process of supporting pupils with dyscalculia requires great effort, patience and time since their difficulties are developmentally mediated and are reliant on their developmental history rather than a topic.
Dynamo Maths is purposefully and intentionally designed to address significant maths difficulties through its standardised assessment and different intervention strategies.