Maths Makes Sense
Maths Makes Sense is a programme for primary schools disseminated by Oxford University Press. Originally developed by Richard Dunne, the programme aims to make maths understandable by using concrete objects, exaggerated physical actions and a special vocabulary for mathematical symbols. The cycle of teaching includes whole-class teacher instruction, guided practice in groups, partner teaching in matched ability pairs, and assessment. Resources are sold individually and include a toolkit, teacher’s guide, co-ordinator’s handbook, software, progress books for pupils, and supporting DVDs.
Additionally, three types of training can be purchased: whole school training, which costs £2500 for four days of in-school training, central training suitable for individual teachers costing £230+VAT per person, and leadership and management training at £140+VAT per person.
Maths Makes Sense has not been included in any systematic reviews into the effectiveness of educational programmes.