Sparx Summer Challenge – Last Class Standing

Sparx Summer Challenge – Last Class Standing

After giving students a homework free week, the Maths Faculty have now set students a challenge for the remainder of the summer term.  Named ‘Last Class Standing’, staff have challenged students to reach a class target of 90% of students achieving 100% accuracy in their Maths homework by the deadline set.  If a class doesn’t reach the target, they will drop out of the competition.  At the end of term, those classes which have maintained a score of 90% (or even higher) at 100% accuracy and on-time will receive a fantastic class reward.  Details of the reward are being kept a closely guarded secret but should ensure a highly enjoyable last lesson of term.

To help them achieve this ambitious target, students are being encouraged to work together as teaching classes, as well as with their peers and individually.  The beauty of Sparx homework is that it is tailored specifically to each individual student and their abilities.  All homework for the remainder of term will also be tailored to topics each individual class is learning at that particular time.  But if any students are struggling with their homework, they have a number of opportunities to seek support and help: students are given 15 minutes in form time once per week to work on Sparx Maths where peer mentoring is encouraged as this helps reinforce learning; plus there is the Tuesday lunchtime Sparx drop-in session and Maths homework club on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at the end of the school day.  There is therefore a wealth of support available to students to help them persevere and obtain 100% for correctly answered questions.

Mr Muir, Head of Maths, has been doing some research on other schools and is clear it’s a tough target – in the last 6 weeks only one school nationally has achieved a100% success rate (that’s 100% of all Maths homework, answered correctly and on-time).  If Malton School manages 90%, it will put in them in the top 25 of over 2,000 schools nationally.  To help classes know how they’re doing in the competition, the Maths team will be keeping a running tally over the remainder of term.

The first homework deadline for classes in the Challenge is w/c 6 May!

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