Beat The Summer Slide And Prevent Summer Learning Loss With Just 55 Minutes of Maths A Week!

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What you should know about the summer slide

Whether they’re in Year 2 or Year 6 or anywhere in between, over the course of their school year your child will have learned a good deal of new maths – even if it may not always seem like it!

However progress in maths isn’t linear – children learn things, forget things, relearn and then retain the information long-term. We know this from research and from our own experience teaching 8,000 primary school aged pupils maths ourselves each year.

Children all make this progress through the maths curriculum at different times but the one thing they all have in common, wherever their starting point, is that over the summer learning is lost.

This is the summer slide or summer brain drain you may hear about.

Data varies but it’s estimated that children lose between 2 and 3 months worth of maths knowledge during the summer slide.

Lots of the maths facts they will have learnt are still likely to only be in their short term memory, and if not practised and brought to mind again regularly they will simply disappear.

It’s not all bad news however. If children keep up a regular bit of practice in maths they can avoid this summer learning loss and hit the ground running September.

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How can Matr’s online maths programmes help?

  • Every child receives a weekly lesson with their own personal maths tutor. This lesson will be targeted at revising and retaining what your child has learnt during the year, or, if they need it, stretching your child to go further and deeper in maths.
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  • Matr’s maths tuition takes place online. We understand that the summer holidays isn’t all about maths. But whatever your plans, we fit around them. Your child can attend their maths tuition session once a week (or more if required) wherever they have a laptop and an internet connection.
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  • You don’t have to tell us what to teach. We know how tricky it can be to understand what stage in maths your child is at, let alone how to help them. We take care of this with an early assessment for your child that helps us to pitch the lesson for them just right, working on whatever their gaps might be.
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  • Matr’s online maths tuition is fun. In fact it may just be the most fun way to keep the summer slide at bay. A child learning one to one with a tutor is free to make mistakes, ask questions, and really explore their understanding of maths in a way they can’t in a class of 20 or 30. This not only speeds up their progress but builds their confidence too.
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  • You only need to set aside 55 minutes a week. Because of the intensity and focus of a one to one maths lessons, they are extremely time efficient. For 55 minutes your child is answering maths questions, explaining their reasoning, and working through problems with an expert maths tutor. It’s not surprising if at the end of their lesson your child is a little tired!

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  • Choose your preferred time slot - lessons are available every day of the week.
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  • Support your child to sit a quick test to establish what level maths we should teach them.
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  • Let your child explore the online classroom and drawing tools - always popular!
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  • Reassure your child and calm any last minute nerves before their first lesson.
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  • Sit back and relax while your child’s summer maths learning is taken care of.
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Why parents across the UK choose Matr to stop the summer slide in July and August

  • Our tutors follow a fully tested curriculum programme of maths lessons.
  • Children not only learn and revise maths at the pace that works for them but they grow in confidence too.
  • We believe that everybody can and should leave primary school with excellent maths and by keeping our prices affordable we aim to exclude nobody
  • Maths homework worksheets are also available to keep practising in between lessons – all part of your Matr package

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The worksheets are resources that your child can use to practice what they’ve learnt within the tutoring sessions in their own time. Each worksheet covers all the learning objectives included in a lesson.

You won’t pay anything until the day before your third weekly lesson (this is, 13 days from your first lesson). You can cancel without compromise before then.

You will be able to access the worksheets from the moment you subscribe. They will be available from the parent portal when you log in, for you to download or print. Follow the link named “Maths worksheets” in the top right of the screen.

Whilst you can access the worksheets at any time, we recommend that you give the worksheets to your child once they have fully completed the relevant lesson (which may take place over a few weeks). You will know that a lesson has been completed when the name of the lesson appears in the main screen of your parent portal, under “Lessons already taught.” This is to ensure they have covered all the relevant learning objectives with a tutor beforehand.

If you have any audio problems when you enter the online classroom, there should be a number of messages on screen helping you to address the issue.

If you are in a live session and experiencing audio difficulties, please use the instant chat box in the online classroom to let the tutor know. Our tutors will try to help with any technical issues that arise, but if they are unable to solve the issue during the session, please get in touch with us via our support number.

These detailed steps may also help you to de-bug audio issues:


1) Check that the correct microphone is selected.

Click on the drop-down menu on the online classroom next to the ‘Connected’ button. Choose a different device.

2) Ensure your USB headset is the ‘Default device’

Right click on the volume button (the speaker icon) in the bottom right of your screen and click on ‘Recording devices.’ Look for the headset you are using.

Right click on the headset you are using and select ‘Set as default device.’ If any other devices are active, right click on these and click ‘Disable.’

If you want to reactivate any disabled devices afterwards, right click within this box and click ‘show disabled devices.’

3) Check your microphone levels

Right click on the volume button and click on ‘Recording devices,’ then select the headset you are using, click on ‘properties’ and select the ‘Levels’ tab from the new window.

Check that the microphone levels are set to the maximum. If there is a red cross over the speaker icon, this means your microphone is muted. Click on the cross to unmute it.

If your child tends to speak quietly, you can also use the ‘Microphone boost’ option to increase the volume.

If your headset has an inline remote, please ensure your headset is at full volume and not muted.

Mac OS X

1) Check that the correct microphone is selected.

Click on the dropdown menu on the online classroom next to the ‘Connected’ button. Choose a different device.

2) Ensure your USB headset is the ‘Default device’

Open System Preferences

Click the Sound icon

Click the Input tab and then click your headset

Click the Output tab and then click your headset

3) Check your microphone levels

Open System Preferences

Click the Sound icon

Click the Input tab and then click your headset

Check that the Input volume is turned up and that your microphone is not muted.

Ensure you are using a laptop or desktop computer and Google Chrome.

You can download Google Chrome safely for free here.

Check you are using the most up-to-date version of Google Chrome by clicking on the three vertical dots in the top right-hand corner, clicking on ‘Help’ and then ‘About Google Chrome‘.