SS. Peter & Paul’s Catholic Primary School Nintendo DS Project
Aims of the project
One of our key aims
was to measure the impact the regular use of Nintendo Brain Training would have upon the attainment of pupils in KS2.
Our second aim was to measure the impact the Nintendo Brain Training would have upon the pupils’ enjoyment of learning in KS2
Designing the Trial In an attempt to show the ‘value’ that the Nintendos would add to the attainment levels and enjoyment of the pupils in KS2 the children were divided in to two groups. A Pupils: These pupils would continue the curriculum as normal, throughout the autumn term from September to December B Pupils: This group of pupils would be timetabled to use Nintendo Brain Training several times a week as part of their ‘Daily Digits’ initiative.
Preparing the staff We received an initial INSET session from Dawn Hallybone who shared her experiences when using the Nintendos. Our Numeracy Leader, Robyn Shears managed the timetabling and arranged for the data tracking. Over the period of the trial the teachers were asked to track the brain ages in Year 3 to Year 6. In years 3 and 6 we also planned to track pupil progress in mental maths scores. We were ready to begin…
The trial in action…
Attainment Results Average Mental Maths Results A B Average score rise = 1.5 Average score rise = 3.5
Attainment Results Average Brain Age Results Average Brain Age drop = 19.4 Years
Enjoyment Results What the pupils said… They were easy to use and a fun way to learn. I liked that we were allowed to talk to others as we did the challenges so we could help each other You can practice your mental maths without having to worry about quick-fire questions from the teacher The multi-player made the problems fun and competitive I actually looked forward to morning maths when it was our turn to use the Nintendos
A sample group of 20 pupils completed a brief questionnaire about the use of the Nintendo DS Lites with Brain Training. The results are detailed below. Enjoyment Results 100% said they enjoyed learning more when using the DS Lite. 98% said they noticed their concentration improve when using the DS Lite. 90% said they looked forward to school more due to the use of the DS Lite. 100% said they would like to continue using the DS Lite as part of their numeracy.