We teach maths in discrete daily lessons, and in other subjects too, as we believe that maths can be used in many curriculum areas.
There are several of the year groups that have extra sessions during the week focussing on mental maths skills. These quick recall facts form the basis for much of the curriculum that we teach and are vital to the full understanding of maths. Fluency in mental maths, ie having key number facts at your fingertips, and being able to apply them quickly and accurately, is essential, and allows pupils to understand and develop their mathematical knowledge across may of the domains and as such, we place a high premium on learning these skills.
Times Tables Rock Stars
Many of the children in the school have been using this programme during their last year and so will be fluent in its use. Each child has their own Times Tables Rock Stars account which will record all of their interactions on the site.
This site allows teachers and parents to see how well (and how quickly) they are able to recall times table facts. This information can then be used to ensure a good level of accuracy and speed is developed or maintained, with more confident pupils able to challenge others within the school or further afield.
The website itself is designed to increase children's fluency and quick recall of all times tables, and does so in a fun and competitive way. Children will be able to choose and design their rock star and compete in competitions and activities to earn coins to buy new gear.
I hope everyone can get on board and uses this as a fun way to encourage children to master their times tables!