As I’m sure you’ll agree, learning the times tables is a key skill for all children to develop and master in order to be successful mathematicians. However, getting children to practise these can sometimes be challenging and so as a school we have introduced a new program to support children’s understanding of times tables in a fun and engaging way. It is called ‘Times Tables Rockstars.’
‘Times Tables Rockstars’ works in 2 ways. In school every day children will have the opportunity to practise their times tables through a timed challenge sheet. The scores the children get in these timed challenges is totalled up and an average time per question can be calculated. The average time gives each child a Rock Status, ranging from Wannabe to Rock Hero. The second part is an online section where children can practise times tables in 1 minute games on a computer or tablet. Each child has an account which they can create Rock Avatars. By completing these online games children can earn coins to buy accessories for their rock avatar whilst also practising times table facts and therefore decreasing their time per question.
As a school we are asking children to practise their times tables through the online section of ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ as often as possible but at least 4 times a week. With each game only taking 1 minute, this should be achievable alongside other homework your child may be set. Every child has been given a personalised login and password to access their own section of the website. If for some reason your child is unsure of their login detail, their class teacher can re-issue this. The website address is www.ttrockstars.com and I have included intructions for logging in on the reverse of this letter.
In order to celebrate the achievements and progress of children who are showing the core values of resilience and determination to learn their times tables, we will be displaying the names and photos of children who are either the fastest in their year or the most improved on a school display board – this has already proved very popular with all year groups! Alongside this any child in Years 3 and 4 who can become a Rockstar (an average of 3 seconds per question) or a Rock Hero (an average of 1 second or less) in Years 5 and 6 will be awarded a personalised certificate.
As a school we are very excited about this new program and how it is already helping children improve their mathematical skills and we ask that you support us by encouraging your child to use this fabulous new resource. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher or myself.
Mrs S Thompson