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Sumdog is here to support schools, students, and parents to deliver hybrid learning this academic year.

Whilst the majority of students have now returned to school, you will probably have some children, or even whole grades needing to self-isolate at home.

In response to this quickly-changing landscape, schools have now been asked to devise plans so that teaching can continue both in person and from home, supporting students in their learning throughout this difficult time. Research from the CDC shows that mitigation strategies that include hybrid learning can reduce infection risk while continuing with a high-standard education schedule.

As a social business with a mission to help close the attainment gap, Sumdog is committed to supporting schools, students, and parents to continue high-quality teaching and learning, whether children are in the classroom or at home.

What is hybrid learning? 

Hybrid learning is a mitigation plan within education that involves some students learning within the classroom while the rest learn from home remotely.

When applied successfully, this allows in-person and virtual learning tools to combine and work together to ensure education is attainable for all students, while reducing the risk and spread of COVID19.


Six ways Sumdog can be used for blended learning



1. Easy access from wherever children are learning

We know that access to devices and the internet can be a barrier to learning. With Sumdog, children don’t need their own computer to play, they can download the free app and play from a smartphone or tablet. 

They also don’t need access for hours at a time. Just 10 minutes a day on Mum or Dad’s (or Granny or Grandad’s!) phones will keep them practising key skills and consolidating knowledge.

2. Practice the fundamentals

To help students get back on track after many months away from school, use Sumdog to prioritise the key math facts to develop and reinforce essential knowledge and skills. Building those firm mathematical foundations including number bonds, times tables, and place value will increase their confidence and ensure they’re ready to progress.

We’re running a series of webinars throughout this term to get you up to speed, register below to join the next one or watch a recording.


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3. Set personalized practice in less than a minute

With a Sumdog subscription, you can set tailored, specific practice to individuals or groups of students, ensuring they are working on key skills, suited to their level. You can easily differentiate on Sumdog, meaning there’s no sourcing multiple resources for different students!

With auto-marked questions and live results, there’s no printing, no marking, and no waiting for results to be brought back into school. You can immediately view their results and set them their next task.

Set personalized practice in less than a minute – watch our video to learn more!


Set practice in less than 60 seconds

4. Identify gaps with the new diagnostic tool

Quickly and accurately pinpoint each individual child’s strengths and areas for development with the free math diagnostic tool. You’ll receive a class report, broken down by strand as well as an age-related placement result for each student, so you know whether they’re on track for their year level. With a subscription, use the custom assessments to drill down even further and use the results to set targeted intervention.


Find out more about the diagnostic tool

5. Encourage a sense of community with a contest

Join your local math contest to motivate students and bring them together, wherever they are learning. Hosted throughout the year, they’re a great way to engage students in their learning and encourage teamwork to become local Sumdog champions! 

Part of a Multi-Academy Trust? We can set up a bespoke contest just for the schools in your MAT. Register your interest.


Join your local contest

6. Keep children engaged and motivated to learn

Sumdog games operate independently of students’ skill levels. They can juggle the pile of junk on Junkpile or blast their way through castles with Cannonball!

It doesn’t matter which of the exciting games students choose, or which subject they are working on, the questions adapt to provide an appropriate challenge for each individual, meaning they don’t get bored and want to keep on learning!

With a subscription, you can also send custom messages and reward students with extra coins for completing a challenge or trying their best.


How Sumdog engages children





Further ways Sumdog can help…


How to help your class use Sumdog at home


It’s easy for children to use Sumdog at home – they simply use the same login information as they do to log in to Sumdog at school.


How to send your class’ login information home:

Before your class can log in to Sumdog at home, they will need to have their log in information. This can be easily sent to parents in two ways:

  • Print letters to send home
  • Email parents a copy of their child’s login details
  • Choose the same username and password a child uses for another online platform and let parents know which one to use

You can find more information on how to view and send login details on our help-page.




How to access Sumdog on different devices:

Children can access Sumdog on a range of devices.

  • If using a desktop computer or laptop – use a browser to login via this page:
  • If using a smartphone or tablet, you can download the free Sumdog app from the app store

Read more on supported devices, browsers, and operating systems.

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