n Journal of Educational Studies - Using fluency activities in after school maths clubs to enhance learner performance in the primary grades




A predominance of finger counting strategies in South Africa's primary learners indicates a need for learners to develop a flexibility and fluency of working with numbers. One aspect of my recent doctoral research study investigated learners' mathematical proficiency progress whilst participating in Grade 3 after school maths clubs over the course of a year. Drawing on literature, I designed a series of written activities aimed at supporting club learners to improve their fluency in a range of ways. These activities provided me as researcher and club facilitator with a fast way of evaluating and encouraging learner progress, whilst enabling the learners to practice the fluency they were developing through other activities of the club. Whilst the dual focus proved successful in the research clubs, an earlier publication investigated the emergent issues with the use of these activities in the clubs. This article extends that earlier work in that I explore the rationale for the design and development of these fluency activities by locating them in the broader literature, pointing to their usefulness as one way to enhance learner performance in early grade classrooms. Additionally, I report on findings of learner progress from learners in the two research clubs with regard to these activities.


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