In November last year Mangahigh ran a competition in association with COBIS and all their registered schools. It was a huge success that saw schools from all over the globe compete for the chance to win the maths competition title.

We had the opportunity to discuss the competition and it’s success the winners of the 2018 competition, Brighton College, Abu Dhabi.

 

Mangahigh:

So why did you decide to take part in the COBIS competition 2018?

Brighton College, Abu Dhabi:

We took part in the competition the previous year (2017) and we loved how enthusiastic the pupils became as a result of it, they were especially excited when it came to competing against each other. Some pupils completed activities that covered their basic maths skills, which is crucial in helping their progress, whilst others really challenged themselves and completed activities on topics not yet taught.

 

Mangahigh:

It’s fantastic to hear that pupils pushed their learning during the competition. Do you think the competition was a success for your school?

Brighton College, Abu Dhabi:

A complete success! There was a real buzz about the school, particularly because the pupils were able to check the school’s position on the leaderboard. Pupils throughout the whole school, from years 2 – 8, got involved with the encouragement of the Maths department.

 

Mangahigh:

Did you notice any change in the pupils overall maths ability?

Brighton College, Abu Dhabi:

Actually we did, we found the pupils enjoying maths and they actually began seeing it in a new light. We found it particularly useful in helping out less able mathematicians as they were still able to earn medals and points by completing activities in lower age categories, which again reinforced the basics that every pupil needs. The more able mathematicians thrived, as they again, pushed their knowledge to beyond what they had been taught. I’d say overall, it has definitely helped pupils improve their maths skills.

 

Mangahigh:

During the competition period, did you see a difference in your pupils? Did their attitudes towards maths change?

Brighton College, Abu Dhabi:

The competitive edge certainly encouraged them to be more independent learners. Pupils were growing in confidence, and replaying games to ensure they gained that elusive gold medal, while all the time they’re learning from their mistakes and improving their speed and accuracy.

 

Mangahigh:

What impact has Mangahigh had on the children, both in and out of the competition?

Brighton College, Abu Dhabi:

Pupils have begun discussing maths outside of the classroom and helping one another improve. We’ve had pupils logging into Mangahigh before and after school, with others requesting to use the platform during their lunch and break times. By competing, pupils could see an instant reward for doing extra maths work.

 

Mangahigh:

Has Mangahigh had an effect on the teachers?

Brighton College, Abu Dhabi:

Like the pupils, it’s certainly encouraged our competitive streak!

 

Mangahigh:

So overall you enjoy using Mangahigh in your school?

Brighton College, Abu Dhabi:

I love Mangahigh because pupils complete so much more maths without realising what they are doing. The age related task on the basic four functions are excellent in improving pupils’ speed and accuracy. Pupils loved the games and the class leaderboards, their mission was to always be top of the class or beat their friends.