St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School subscribes to Times Table Rock Stars. This is a system that the children use to practise the instant recall of their multiplication and division facts, which helps them reach their full potential in their Maths Lessons. It can be accessed by computer, by downloading the app or by using paper handouts so everyone can get involved!
When it comes to times tables, fluency AND accuracy are important – the more facts a child remembers, the easier it is for them to complete harder calculations. Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help children master the time’s tables. To be a Times Table Rock Star they need to answer any multiplication fact up to 12×12 in less than 3 seconds!
By the end of Year 4, children should have fluent recall facts for all multiplication facts up to 12 x 12. With the introduction of the Multiplication Check for Year 4 pupils, we hope Times Table Rock Stars will build the children’s confidence and enjoyment within this area of Maths.
Research shows that daily practise is the best strategy for children to learn these important facts. Short bursts of daily practise are much more effective than spending hours once a week. At St Matthew’s, we build in 10 minutes of key skills practice at the start of every Maths lesson in LKS2 and UKS2.
The quicker a child can answer a times tables question, the higher their Rock Status:
≤ 1 sec/qu = Rock Hero
≤ 2 secs/qu = Rock Legend
≤ 3 secs/qu = Rock Star
≤ 4 secs/qu = Headliner
≤ 5 secs/qu = Support Act
≤ 6 secs/qu = Breakthrough Artist
≤ 7 secs/qu = Unsigned Act
≤ 8 secs/qu = Gigger
≤ 9 secs/qu = Busker
≤ 10 secs/qu = Garage Rocker
> 10 secs/qu = Wannabe
Parental support is crucial in helping your child to reach their potential with times tables recall. Do you need some ideas to support your child’s times tables development? Take a look at the suggestions below:
*Download the Scatter Tables below. To use them, you call out a question from the times table you are focusing on and your child should point to the answer on the page. For example, if you are concentrating on the 5 times table, then find the Scatter Table for the 5s and call out questions like, “8
times 5” (your child points to 40), “3 times 5” (your child points to 15) or “5 times 12” (your child points to 60). Your child should be trying to get them correct each time and not worrying about the speed.
*Write the focus times table out, initially in order and then in a random order
*Chant, rap or sing times table songs (try Percy Parker, MathsRockx and Mr DeMaio on YouTube)
*Ask your child to complete a TT Rockstars practise sheet that focusses on the table they are working on (again these can be downloaded below)
*Play TTRockstars online using the login card in your child’s homework book. They should play for a short while until they are successfully answering the questions quickly. TTRockstars online can be accessed via https://beta.ttrockstars.com/ or using the app which is free to download.
If you have any problems accessing this resource, please contact Mrs Gibson, Maths Coordinator.