Conduct your study
Before we could start our trial, we need a baseline score for all our participants. We gave our participants a simple one minute test to establish everyone's ability before we started our trial. Here are Nadine, Eoin and Seán informing the participants about the test. Each child had one minute to complete as many sums as possible in both addition and subtraction.
We used the Ballard Westwood One Minute Basic Number Facts Test. You can download it below!
Here, the participants are taking the test. The senior room children are monitoring the testing process.
The senior room pupils corrected the tests.
The test results were recorded. We got the average score for each group out of a maximum of 33 and recorded that as well.
Test Group Play Maths Games
The sixteen pupils in the test group were divided into four groups of four. We played twenty minutes of maths games each day for two weeks. Each group played one or two different maths games every day and rotated the games each day. The senior room pupils acted as tutors and guided the players through the games. They came up to the senior classroom to play the games. the games were a mix of bingo, board games and interactive games.
Some of the Maths Games We Used
Control Group Play Non Educational Games
The control group played a variety of non educational games including card games, board games and fun games like Headbanz, Humpty Dumpty, Break the Ice and Cluedo. They played the games in their classroom with a group of senior students who acted as mentors and instructors. they played games for twenty minutes a day for two weeks.
Mid -Trial Test
Half way through our trial we retested our participants to make sure we were still on track!
Time for another week of games!
Finally, we tested the children for the final time. Here are the results!