This is how we SMASH Maths

11 reasons why we get great maths results.

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We believe everyone can SMASH Maths

Our core belief and aspiration is that all students should be able to achieve their best in maths, irrespective of gender, ability, ethnicity, or social background.

 

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Created by leading national experts

Every SMASH Maths online practice is bespoke and written by maths educational experts Sarah-Anne Fernandes and Trevor Dixon.

Together they have a unique breadth of experience authoring books for several highly regarded publishers, and been on the advisory panel for the National Standards Testing Agency for the UK Government.

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Unique SMASH Maths Spiral Curriculum

Our SMASH Maths Spiral Curriculum enables students to practice ALL strands of learning from the UK maths curriculum EVERY week. Our years of experience show this is crucial in achieving results and developing confident mathematicians. Other maths products teach by topic, meaning children rarely revisit what they have learnt and soon forget!

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Repetition

We use spaced repetition to ask questions that are based on current year group curriculum content but also content learnt from the year before or sometimes even two or three years before so learning is not forgotten! 
 

From our expert assessment analysis, we know end of key stage 2 (Year 6) national tests and Independent / Grammar school 11+ tests assess students on all their learning from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 in ONE assessment.

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Directed practice sent to your email inbox

We send online interactive practice questions on a weekly basis. Our directed model means you don't need to select the topics to learn or worry about what to prepare for key assessments (that’s our job!) 

 

Other online learning programs allow the student to pick their favourite topics, which does not build consistency or coverage of the entire curriculum.

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Aligned with exam-based questions

All our questions are aligned with national SATs questions to prepare children for these key assessments. In addition, our Independent and Grammar school packages provide relevant exam practice for 7+ and 11+ exams.

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Purple pen guidance on how to solve every question

If a question is answered incorrectly, our feedback provides step-by-step written and audio guidance to enable students to learn how to solve the question. This is in line with current teaching methods and uses clear models and images to help children solve questions.

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GIFs to reward and encourage students

Motivational GIFs are provided to reward and encourage students when they answer questions correctly and on completion of the test for great effort. 

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Key vocabulary and definitions 

Our SMASH Maths online practices use key mathematical vocabulary with clear definitions provided in our feedback to help students untangle the mathematical language.

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Develop problem solving and reasoning

We use a variety of problems that use logic and reasoning in our SMASH Maths online practices. This deepens students’ understanding of the maths curriculum and helps them master year group content.

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Animated Videos

Engaging videos provided to students as they progress through the curriculum. A fun way to recap topics and SMASH Maths!

Titles written by the SMASH Maths Team

 

Meet the experts behind SMASH Maths

Sarah-Anne Fernandes

Sarah-Anne is a leading UK Mathematics Educational Consultant who has had the privilege of working with several schools and school leaders across the country to help them improve maths curriculum teaching and results.


She has a proven track record of significantly raising standards in both successful schools and those in challenging circumstances. Sarah-Anne was instrumental in raising mathematics standards in the London Borough of Sutton, which became the second highest performing local authority in the country for mathematics when she was in post as the local authority maths advisor.


Sarah-Anne has a First-Class Honours in Education and won the mathematics prize for her research in supporting lower attaining pupils with becoming confident and able problem solvers. She also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education Leadership.

 

Sarah-Anne has worked in school as a Senior Leader being a Deputy Headteacher in a London Primary School but her real passion lies with supporting all students to achieve their absolute best in mathematics. This led her to set up her own consultancy company, SolveMaths in 2014 which provides mathematics consultancy and training for schools, Headteachers, Mathematics Subject Leaders and teachers. In 2018, Sarah-Anne had the invaluable opportunity of being a Primary Regional Leader for PiXL– a charity organisation that supports nearly one thousand primary schools in the UK. 


She loves to teach and has first-hand experience of helping pupils pass 7+ and 11+ entrance exams with great success. Over the years, Sarah-Anne has been commissioned to Author and be Series Editor for a range of titles for leading Education publishers. This is where Sarah-Anne and Trevor became connected and together they have worked on several maths books and assessments that have been used by schools and pupils across the country. 

Trevor Dixon

Trevor Dixon has over 35 years' teaching experience; working for nearly 30 years as a maths subject leader in three different primary schools. He is a former Advanced Skills Teacher, who specialised in mathematics teaching and learning. Trevor led and organised a Saturday morning class for gifted mathematicians drawn from Year 6 pupils across his local authority.


He is an Associate of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics. He also holds the Mathematics Association Diploma of Mathematical Education alongside his degree and teaching qualifications.


Trevor has marked maths SATs papers since 1996 and has been a team leader since 2016. He has also written Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 S.A.T.s questions for Pearson UK and National Foundation for Educational Research (N.F.E.R.) He has also worked as a senior coder for Scottish Qualifications Authority (S.Q.A.) and for N.F.E.R. when the results of trial assessments are analysed as part of their development process. He has been a member of the Standards and Testing Agency (S.T.A.) Expert Review Panels for KS1 SATs.


Trevor has a wide experience of writing maths assessment questions and papers, study guides and workbooks for Rising Stars. This involved writing three sets of SATs-style papers from Years 1 to Year 6. He was also involved in writing for the Achieve series of publications for Rising Stars and the Practise Maths series. Trevor has been involved with similar work for HarperCollins, Letts, AlphaPlus and GL Assessment from KS1 to KS3; also writing maths assessment questions Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.


He has written exam papers for Cambridge Progression Mathematics for Oxford, Cambridge and R.S.A. Examinations (O.C.R.) and was a senior marker for the exam. 

 

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vs competitors

With many different digital maths programmes on the market, it can be daunting to choose the right one. Should you prioritise cost, expertise, spiral vs topic-based, or whether in-built games are used or not?
We've put this handy table together to show you why SMASH Maths is the best choice for you and your child.

 

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