Times Table Rockstars
The school has set up accounts for the following online resources to support your child’s learning in Mathematics.
To help the children develop their knowledge of the times tables, the school asks all children to play Times Tables Rockstars at home, as part of their home learning.
When they log in, the children play games that challenge them to answer as many questions as possible in one minute. As children’s confidence with their times tables improves, they will see their progress in the number of questions they are able to answer in that minute. Children who know their times tables are challenged to improve the speed of their recall even further.
There are five game types:
- Garage – a single player game in which children will only be asked questions (multiplication and division) from the times tables that their teacher has set for them to practise.
- Studio – a single player game in which children will be asked questions on multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12. This sets their overall ‘Rock Speed’.
- Soundcheck – a single player game in which children have five seconds to answer each of 20 questions. These questions are any multiplication fact up to 12 x 12 (no division). This is designed to prepare children for the Year 4 Times Tables Check that the Government intend to introduce in 2020.
- Arena – a multi-player game in which children play against other children from their class or year group. They will only be asked questions (multiplication and division) from the times tables that their teacher has set for them to practise.
- Festival – a multi-player game in which children play against other children across the country. They will be asked questions on multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12.
The children now have their log in details and can access Times Tables Rockstars through a web browser on any desktop/laptop PC, tablet or smart-phone (Flash is not needed so will work on Apple devices) or by downloading the free Times Tables Rockstars app to any Android or Apple device through the Andriod Play Store or Apple’s App Store.
It is recommended that children play daily. Just three games every day will have a great impact over time (but more than three is even better!). We will be celebrating the children’s achievements in school, so please encourage your child to play as much as possible.
The children also have log in details for Sumdog. Sumdog is a games-based learning website and app that helps students practice their numeracy skills. It is designed to adapt and respond to each child’s needs and as such does not involve the teachers setting work. This is not a part of home learning, but is an option that many children enjoy making use of to have fun while practising their Maths skills. Sumdog works both on internet browsers and apps on iOS, Android and Kindle.
If your child will not be able to access Times Tables Rockstars or Sumdog at home, please let their class teacher know so that arrangements can be made to ensure they can access it at school.