Struggling kids do maths program

A STATE-of-the-art program at Tweed Heads Public School is ensuring year four and five students get the very best mathematics education.

Acting assistant principal Peter Halloran said the school last week introduced the Quick Smart program and teachers are already seeing a noticeable difference in struggling students’ work.

“It’s hugely beneficial and successful for kids,” Mr Halloran said.

“It’s a one-on-two situation where students can focus on their basic mental computation skills, such as addition, subtraction and division.”

The program is run three times a week and uses six components, including flash cards and games.

“A lot of the lesson is beating their score from the previous day,” Mr Halloran said.

“For many of these kids they experience success and it is often something they wouldn’t experience within the classroom.

“I’ve got kids coming up to me in the playground and telling me how they went.”

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