At Great Binfields, we value the importance of children learning number facts to help support their learning, after all, they are the building blocks of maths. There are also many other benefits to children learning their times tables and number facts, including: knowing their times tables can also help children to grasp other important aspects of maths, such as fractions, division and percentages more readily; boost children’s confidence in their own skills and build mental arithmetic skills.
Here at Great Binfields, we use the Times Tables Rock Stars scheme to help the children in KS2 learn their times tables in an engaging and competitive manner. Accessible through the app or via an internet browser, Times Table Rock Stars provides a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. This format has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 8 years in over 14,000 schools - both primary and secondary – worldwide. We practise a different times table within school each week and recommended that the children rehearse and practise their skills at home using their individual account. You should find your child’s username and password stored safely in the front of their home school diary.
Within KS1, we are currently trialling a similar programme which focuses on enabling children to learn and consolidate their number facts knowledge through a fun and engaging games based app produced by the same company. Watch this space!