Symphony Math teaches School Years 1 to 6 Number Sense skills. It is also suitable for Year 7 or 8 students who may still need to remediate some of those skills.
Symphony Math®is a highly intuitive program that teaches number sense skills at a conceptual level - helping students to understand the deeper mathematical meaning and not merely repeat answers by rote. The program automatically adjusts the online activities
based on each students answers. Students who demonstrate they already
know a skill are progressed more quickly, while those who need help are given
more online skills practice. Extra paper based practice sheets are also
Symphony Math Dot Cards help to teach the math concept 'subitising'
Each Skill is practiced using multiple "Ways of Knowing" which help students visualise, reinforce, and apply ideas quickly and accurately. Students use visual models and manipulatives such as: Counting Bars, Dot Cards, Number Lines, Number Problems, Word Problems, Fraction Bars and Auditory Problem Solving. Visual models are critical for math instruction and learning as evidenced by brain research such as Seeing as Understanding: The Importance of Visual Mathematics for our Brain and Learning, youcubed.org
Symphony Math® uniquely designed delivery methods ensure that students – regardless of learning styles or knowledge levels – fully grasp fundamental mathematical ideas, even for difficult-to-explain and abstract concepts.
The Big Ideas A tightly connected progression forms the conceptual sequence of Symphony Math®. These underlying “big ideas” provide the foundation for mathematical learning. As students master each big idea before moving on to the next, they learn to succeed with more complicated math later on.
Multiple Ways of Knowing
Six distinct activity environments provide multiple representations of each concept.
Manipulatives: By “seeing” mathematical concepts, students develop mental models for meaning. In the screen below, a student must place a card with 2 dots to show that 1 + 1 = 2 (the part-to-whole concept).
Manipulatives and Symbols Students learn the meaning of the symbols by explicitly connecting them to visual representations. In the screen below, a student must use symbols to construct the number sentence, “4 = 1 + 3.”
Symbols Manipulatives automatically appear to help students working at this abstract level.
Story Problems Story problems deliver real-life applications of the concepts and help students who learn better through narratives and examples.
Mastery Round This learning environment fosters fluency once a student has demonstrated understanding of a concept using manipulatives, symbols, language, and story problems.
Instructive feedback encourages independent thinking by revealing the nature of each incorrect response. For example, if a student answers 3 + 2 = ? with a 6, the program immediately shows that a 2 bar combined with a 3 bar is not the same length as a 6 bar.
This approach helps students deduce for themselves why an answer is incorrect.
Built in ‘help’
The "Help" button provides clues that leads the student closer to working out the solution for themselves.
This helps students develop long-lasting problem solving skills and reduce their dependence on technology for solutions.
If students are struggling the Symphony Math® program slows progress until the student achieves the necessary understanding. This allows students to learn at their own levels.
As students’ progress through the program, practice worksheets are available as extra pen and paper practice to reinforce their online learning. Extension Worksheets are also available at the completion of each level upon request.