Review: Komodo maths

We take school and education pretty seriously in our house. We don’t pressure the kids, or push them too hard, but we do like them to be challenged, to work hard and to always do their homework. But we also like them to enjoy learning. Because if you don’t enjoy learning, how are you ever going to actually learn?

So when I was offered the chance to try out the new Komodo online maths with my kids, I was happy to give it a go. Komodo is aimed at children aged 5-11 and can be used on iPads, Android tablets and laptops. What I like about it is that it offers a personalised learning programme, which is appropriate to your child, not just ‘this is the maths we give to year 3’, because your little year 3 might be more like a year 1 or a year 6.

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It is also deliberately not a game, but it is still a very friendly way of learning – with targets and rewards. It is very user-friendly for children, so it doesn’t feel like hard work, a hassle or homework.It is designed to be used in short bursts of around 15 minutes three to five times a week. If children spend too long on it, a ‘go and play’ message will flash up!

I decided to try it out with my 8 year old daughter, who is top of her class in maths. The first thing you do is register your own and your child’s details (needless to say, it’s all very secure), before your child takes a test to assess their maths ability. Within 24 hours you receive a personal email, from a maths teacher, who has marked your child’s test. Your child’s learning programme is then open and available online.

It starts off easily and builds up to get harder. I’ll be honest, my daughter was slightly frustrated at having to do her four times table several times, but she soon moved on. Because she got full marks each time and did them quickly, she was awarded an A*, which meant she moved up to the next stage more quickly. Before long, Komodo had added another couple of tables, then a couple more.

My daughter actually loves doing maths, so she was very happy to sit there and do her multiplication questions. It’s certainly more fun than reciting them or writing them out at school.

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Komodo follows the National Curriculum in maths, with an emphasis on numeracy. There are simple videos to help children and their parents get to grips with the system and even a message system so the parent can encourage their child when they’re at work.

Komodo costs £9 per month and is an enjoyable way to enhance the maths children are learning at school.

We were given access to Komodo for the purposes of this review. All opinions are our own.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Sounds like a great idea, especially if a parent’s not confident enough themselves to help for harder maths work. And much cheaper than a tutor!

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    • I’ve been very impressed with it so far. Definitely a lot cheaper than a tutor!

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  2. Ooh this looks really interesting. Z is getting into numbers ad likes counting and adding up very small numbers. He might like this app!

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    • It’s aimed at school age kids, so would be too hard for him at the moment, but worth giving it a go in a year or two!

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