How the publisher describes it:
“Specialist maths software from foundation stage to GCSE”
Review by Fiona Paterson
“The developers invite suggestions for further activities”
The Number Gym is a package comprising of various activities in several categories: number, fractions, decimals, percentages, geometry, time, estimating and games.
The software is simple and quick to load and each activity opens with a guiding arrow to explain how to begin the activity. This makes the software easy to use both for students and teachers!
There are activities to suit a variety of purposes from whole class teaching using an interactive whiteboard, to individual PC use.
The fractions, decimals and percentages sections are particularly strong using images to allow children to see the relationship between these areas. While the time section contains a very useful clock for whole class teaching, there are no further activities in this section. I hope that this is an area that the developers may consider extending in future versions. The lack of activities in this section should not put you off buying this software as your purchase comes with free upgrades and so as the software is updated, you will receive the new activities. This is a brilliant idea and on their website, the developers invite suggestions for further activities.
It is disappointing that the package does not feature any activities on Shape, Space and Measure, but again, I’m sure that this will come in future versions of the software.
Overall, if you are looking for a package with differentiated activities of use in both KS1 and 2 which is easy to load and use then Number Gym represents very good value for money. I would definitely recommend Number Gym, both for the activities it has now, and for the guarantee that as the software develops, so will your copy.
Fiona Paterson • Year 2 Teacher, Orchards CE Primary School
The Number Gym V2.2
Price: £59 (single user)