Times Tables Rock Stars
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 more challenging calculations. Times Table Rock Stars (TTRS) is a fun and challenging programme designed to help pupils 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!
The goal is for all participating rockers to be Times Table Rock Stars after 20 weeks!
Please find below the Parent Handbook for Times Tables Rock Stars. This contains all the information you need to support your child to become a Times Tables Rock Star. You can also download the free App by visiting your Play Store.
To use scatter tables to support your child in learning their times tables, you call out a question from the times table you are focusing on and your child has to 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, “9 times 5” (your child points to 45), “6 times 5” (your child points to 30) or “5 times 12” (your child points to 60). Your child should be trying to get the answers correct each time and not worrying about the speed. The full set of scatter tables is provided in the document below.
Times Tables Rock Star Launch
Children and staff looked rocktastic for the launch of our Times Tables Rock Star learning for 2018-2019. Mr. Morris explained how important learning times tables is and that, with lots of practise, children need to aim for instant recall of all times tables and division facts. Mr. Morris explained how the times tables rock stars programme works. To begin with, if you need more than 10 seconds to answer questions correctly, you are a rock 'wannabe'. You will climb up the ladder of rock stardom as you get quicker at answering questions accurately - so 6 seconds or less you will become a 'breakthrough artist' and at 4 seconds or less you will become a 'headliner'. Your aim is to become a 'rock star' - you will achieve this when you can answer times tables questions correctly in 3 seconds or less. If your recall becomes even quicker you can become a 'rock hero' and, finally, a 'rock god'!
Our launch event finished with a year 4P challenge - three brave (and very competitive) children tackled 100 instant recall questions against the clock. All three children managed times of less than 2 seconds per question, automatically propelling them to ‘rock hero’ status. Well done.