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5Rs Online is a dynamic curriculum delivery model, to be given wholly to students, to be delivered by you online or to be delivered face-to-face with your learners. It encourages Daily Maths. It consists of 30 weeks delivery with work set for Monday to Friday to implement an inspirational daily maths routine. There are optional pathways for November resit opportunities, catch up maths and Functional Maths delivery.

5Rs Online is also suitable for some Yr 11 groups in preparation for June 2022 exams. It is aimed to achieve, not just a Grade 4, but a Grade 5 at Foundation Level

Following the principles of the 5Rs curriculum model, primarily for Resit students but also suitable for some year 11 students, has moved into an online space. The 5Rs principles are as follows:

  • Students have seen all of the maths before; they just can’t do it
  • It’s all about revision…re-visioning the maths and seeing it differently, second time around
  • A little bit of maths every day – just 30 minutes – will pay dividends
  • If it looks, feels or sounds like school maths you’ll just get the same result
  • Any valid mathematical method will gain the marks
  • The nine basics of maths are key to success (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, percentages, scale and ratio)
  • Exam technique is a big focus for improvement
  • The only way to get good at maths… is to do loads of maths!

Delivery Mechanism

Each week for 30 weeks you’ll receive access to a padlet for unique use with students. It will contain a Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 and Day 5 learning activity focusing upon a different revision topic each day. The learning activity will follow each of the 5Rs model – recall, routine, revise, repeat and ready which are easy for students to comprehend and apply. The daily activity will be a mix of videos, tips and tricks, motivation ideas, revision suggestions, exercises and topic-based activity.


Your learners only need a URL and a pincode to access Daily Maths. It works brilliantly on your interactive whiteboard, a laptop, tablet or phone.

The padlet content is engaging, quirky, relevant and pertinent to the maths topic and the qualification. It is built upon sound mathematical research taking influence from the Swan principles, spaced and interleaved practice, Ebbinghaus forgetting curve analysis, as well as drawing influence from Dylan Wiliam with the learner being the architect of their own learning. It draws upon Chinn with the emphasis upon finding an appropriate maths method to suit the learner.

Influenced by a prior 5Rs classroom based research trial, 5Rsonline was borne out of its abandonment due to the pandemic. Neither the primary nor secondary aims could be met which was disappointing. Within the trial the padlet was huge with 125 pieces of content – it was felt to be cumbersome and did not direct learners to specific work. However, its use had been found to engage students easily with over 12,000 hits in the research period. Teachers liked the routine of the 5Rs classroom approach. Most teachers on the trial said that they would continue with the delivery model.

The research behind The Focused 15, from the wonderful Emma Bell, highlighted the topics for GCSE that, if mastered, can give students useful maths skills for life, as well as enough content to pass their GCSE exam. 5Rsonline draws upon this research too.

Half-termly Teacher Training

There will be a webinar every half term for teachers…to discuss the application of 5RSonline…to discuss the engagement…to consider resources and what steps are next. 5Rsonline will support teachers in their delivery and provide effective teacher training as a bi-product of the delivery.


Individual Teacher licences will cost £150 per teacher. That is £1 per day for effective maths work for learners. Further licences for November pathways, catchup maths and Functional maths are available at a rate of £100 per teacher, if the GCSE licence is purchased first, with discounts also available for multiple licences. There is also a 5Rsonline GCSE English pathway available, building on the same principles.


Julia Smith is a GCSE maths resit specialist; an Expert Panel member with AQA; a speaker at National Events; a Maths Teacher Trainer for multiple organisations and Author and co-writer of many books, articles and publications; BBC Bitesize contributor and rabid tweeter @tessmaths.

Expression of Interest

You are invited to express your interest in joining 5Rs online. Please send your contact details to Julia Smith email: tessmaths1@gmail.com stating what interest you have, which pathway and for how many licences. This will be followed up with an invitation to a short Zoom call to showcase it.

I look forward to hearing from you.