Going for Gold
Werrington Primary School continues times tables scheme to improve pupils’ recall of these vital number facts.
Werrington Primary School continues its times tables scheme that was launched last year.
The times tables scheme, which teachers are hoping will improve the pupils’ mental recall of times tables facts, was launched in school early last year.
It was met with great enthusiasm at the time and staff are keen to keep the momentum going around this initiative.
The scheme works by children earning bronze, silver and gold stickers for each times table up to 12 x 12.
In order to get a bronze sticker, children need to be able to recite a times table, in order, with no errors or long pauses, e.g. “One times two is two, two times two is four, three times two is six.........” Etc.
In order to earn a silver sticker, children need to be able answer questions from a particular times table, in random order, with no errors or long pauses, e.g. “Five times six? Two sixes? Eight sixes? Twelve times six?”
In order to earn a gold sticker, children need to be able to do two things. Firstly, they must be able to say the question from a particular times table when given the product, e.g. if a child is going for gold on their 4 times table and they are presented with 16, the child needs to be able to identify 4 x 4. Secondly, they need to be able to use their knowledge of times tables facts to answer division questions about that table, e.g. 20 ÷ 4
Children are not required to earn a bronze sticker for every times table before going for silver or gold on one they know really well. However, stickers do have to be earned in order for a single times table.
Mrs Threadgill, who leads maths across the school, said “We are really hoping that this scheme will encourage the children to eagerly learn their times tables facts as they underpin all areas of maths . Once children can recall times tables facts, they find mental and written calculations so much easier and quicker and develop greater confidence in Maths too.”
Once a child has achieved bronze, silver and gold for all times tables up to 12 x 12, they will take their completed times tables record card to achievement assembly on a Friday morning where they will be presented with a special award.
There are lots of ways to help your child learn their times tables facts at home. These include:
- Reciting them.
- Writing them out.
- Singing them.
- Playing games with them.
- Computer activities, including Mathletics.
- Colouring them on a hundred square and spotting the patterns.
It is recommended that children learn the 2, 5 and 10 times tables first, followed by the 3 and 4 times tables next. Then the 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12 times tables.
When a child is ready to try for a sticker on a particular times table, they should tell an adult working in their classroom that they are ready, who will then arrange for them to be tested at a convenient time.
It is great to see the pupils of Werrington Primary School going for gold!