- What is Corbett Maths?
- What makes Corbett Maths special?
- What can students learn with Corbett Maths?
- Our review
- Other options
- What to expect
- Final thoughts
In this article, we'll take a critical look at Corbett Maths and its benefits for children. We'll also explore how you as parents can use it to help kids understand maths better.
What is Corbett Maths?
The creator of Corbett Maths makes it extremely clear, that they, throughout 13 years of teaching, have always been passionate about doing their best to help students learn. The creator started out by posting photos on a website about “real-life” maths. Then they eventually started posting videos that are still free to access to this day! 📹
Their aims are clear and are all focused around the student’s maths learning process. The website states they are there to help students understand, reinforce, challenge, and stretch their mathematical abilities. They are also very clear about wanting to help teachers too.
What makes Corbett Maths so special? 🤔
Corbett Maths is broken up into different sections depending on your child's level. There is a link to its sister site, Corbett Maths Primary, which focuses on the middle stage of a child’s math journey!
It's impressive how much they break up their program into the phases that we as teachers experience at school. It gives parents, that interact with the site, an idea on the lingo we use as teachers. However, if you are not a parent who is up to date with all this lingo, it can be confusing 🙋♀️.
Looking at their homepage you see the options your kids have bright ✨ and clear, with physical work like Crobett Maths 5-a-day worksheets, practice papers, and revision cards. We can also discover online work like videos, further maths, conundrums, and primary work. All of them are linked to their respective pages too!
What can students learn with Corbett Maths?
The options are endless! However, to make it very clear, not everything that the site offers is free.😞 This does not mean that if you are strapped for cash you or your child will be any worse off. The only paid options are for revision cards, physical workbooks, and study-cards. The work is all still available and can be printed at home. You can also allow your child to read off of a computer or tablet.
There are still so many possibilities for Corbett Maths and your child’s mathematical journey. Whether you are working on studying for the 11+ maths section or are more focused on higher level exams like GCSE or A-level you are sure to find something to help you. The GCSE legacy papers are updated every year and added for practice. Furthermore, there are quizzes and the 5-a-day program for all ages.
Our Review: Corbett Maths 5-a-day Challenge.
Speaking of the 5-a-day program, this is a full year (yes 365 days!) where, your child does just 5 math problems a day. Broken up into the different age ranges, this program works on levels of difficulty:
- Bronze is the easiest 🥉
- Silver is middle ground 🥈
- Gold is advanced 🥇
- Platinum is highly advanced. 💎
The Corbett Maths worksheets 📝 are free to print and very easy to work on, with space for your child to write out any equations they need to. One piece of paper a day, all year, means even doing maths on Christmas right? Wrong! Corbett suggests certain days where you do 2 sheets in one day to make up for any holidays. You as a parent can also double up sheets when you need to. We don't suggest tripling them though… 😉
Other options? 💭
Our favourite part about the Corbett Maths site is the Conundrums! Having mathematical puzzles as an option is the best thing Corbett Maths offers. These puzzles can be outside of the parameters of your child’s learning currently. However, do not be scared and let them try it! 🤩You never know how they might surprise you on that specific day.
Also class quizzes are offered on the website! These break up maths into different categories you might find your children doing, either in the 5-a-day or in school. Ongoing, Corbett Math's answers are given and you might be linked to more practice work if necessary.
Which part of maths is offered on Corbett Maths?
When we look at the videos and worksheets section of the Corbett Maths site, we find all topics listed alphabetically.
Are the videos worth the watch? 📺
Each video is embedded into the site, but it is clearly available through YouTube as well. All of them are good quality and the audio is good throughout. Each video is only as long as it needs to be to explain the topic and show the method they use.
While combing through the videos, we found that some of the equations are worked out traditionally, while others have a completely new approach. The one that stands out the most, is how Corbett Maths works out ratio, with the method being amazingly simple.
Exploring the material. 📝
Each video not only has a list of practise questions, but also links to the pages in the textbook. Some of the pages are just exercises found in the book, but others also explain the topic further as a reminder, to students, of what they just learnt.
The obvious question here is, “How do I even start getting my kids interested in watching boring math videos?” or “How does my child stay focused on the work in front of them?” Well, each child is different, and the way Corbett Maths handles this is grounded in what teachers know.
If a child is struggling with focus, Corbett Math revision cards or study cards might be something you would want to invest in.
The Corbett Math videos are easy to understand visually 🤓 and audibly. 👂 If your child is a visual learner they will easily understand and be able to learn through their videos. If your child is, what we call an auditory learner, 👂 then they will also have an easy time learning through Corbett Maths videos.
Is Corbett Maths expensive? 💸
When looking at materials that we recommend to parents, we as teachers need to take into consideration all the different budgets parents could have. This is why I am so impressed that I don’t have to pay a monthly fee for any child to access this amazing work done by teachers just like myself.
What to expect 💷
Most of the site is free to access for anyone (yay! 🤩). However, you do pay for physical materials to use. The Corbett Maths revision cards, excluding shipping, are £8.99 for the Higher, Foundation or Level 2. You do however get a twin pack for £17.98 include Higher and Foundation level packs. The Primary study cards are even less at £7.99.
Physical Corbet Math 5-a-day workbooks are £5.99 each, broken up into two parts in a year, and whole year packs are £11.99.
Final thoughts 😄
Checking out this website for your child and their mathematical journey! Whether they don’t understand a topic and need it explained again 🤔, they want to practise the work they already know or just want to have some fun with maths.🧩 We think the principle and the idea behind this resource is top notch.