TT Rock Star
At Heather Garth, we want all of our pupils to have great recall of the times tables and high confidence in mathematics. Confidence in mathematics can often be traced to slow recall of times table facts, which are the bedrock of mathematics. Consequently, we have introduced a fantastic online way to develop knowledge of times tables and division facts for pupils from Y2-Y6.
When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important – the more facts your child remembers, the easier it is for them to do harder calculations. Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help students master the times tables! To be a Times Table Rock Star you need to answer any multiplication fact up to 12×12 in less than 3 seconds!
It's absolutely essential that your child practises regularly. In my experience, short bursts of practise on a daily basis are more effective than spending hours once a week. And this is where you come in. For your child to be fully motivated and for them to get the best out of the practice, they need your help. Without your praise and your reminders, without you sitting down next to them or checking their work, practising times tables will not feel important to your child.
Garage – This is the main mode the children should play. Pupils are assessed on a termly basis and TT Rockstars works out which table they should start from. As pupils start to answer questions, TT Rock Stars works out which facts they take longer on and will give them more of these questions to answer or move them on appropriately.
Children will also complete a weekly ‘Soundcheck’ which looks at progress in relation to the Year 4 Multiplication test.
Times Tables Rockstars can be easily accessed with internet browsers or alternatively with phones and tablets using the Times Table Rockstar app. For internet browsers, https://ttrockstars.com/ for apps, visit the App/Play Store.
Each week, certificates are given out to three children in each class who are either the most improved or have answered the most questions correctly that week.
Thank you for your support and I am sure your hard work and theirs will have a direct impact and make them a Times Table Rock Star!
If you require any further information please contact your child’s class teacher.