We love times tables!
Some of you may already know that in Year 4 children now complete a times tables check at the end of the year. Last year, the year 4s (who would have been the first year to do it) missed out because of lockdown. This year we want our children to be more ready than ever by being secure in their knowledge of times tables.
The national expectation (decided by the government) is that children know their multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12 (e.g. 6 x 4 = 24 and 24 ÷ 6 = 4) by the end of year 4. We've broken it down so that children start learning their times tables in year 2 and 3 as well, and even in year 1 we start counting in jumps of 2, 5 and 10 to get children ready for times tables.
At Sacred Heart we're going to be using Hit the Button, which is a free and very easy-to-use website or app (free to download on tablets and phones), to track our progress as we learn our times tables.
Over the next few weeks teachers will be introducing the app to children and letting the children know which set of times tables they need to be working on. As they learn, children will receive certificates if they reach their Bronze, Silver or Gold awards (which relate to particular sets of times tables) and if they achieve their Platinum award (which means they know ALL their multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12!) they get a badge to wear to let everyone know that they're a times table expert!
As with all their subjects, the children will find it really useful if they can practise at home (if they have access to a phone or tablet). They will have a minute to answer as many questions within that times table as they can! When they can answer 25 questions correctly in 1 minute, they can move onto the next set of times tables.
We hope you learn to love times tables as much as we do! Happy practising!
These videos can help with practising at home, homework or any extra catch-up work you want to do:
Go into your child's year group and the videos are sorted into each week. You might find they need some extra practice of the previous year group's learning because of the time we missed.
On the 22nd January, four of our Year 6 pupils entered the Primary Maths challenge. They competed with over fifty schools and made it to the semi-final! Ammeha, Luna, Emmanuel and Abigail spent one hour tackling the question, working together and trying to demonstrate their reasoning skills to the invigilators. Well done Y6!
Our Maths club looked at a range of reasoning and problem solving questions from NRICH. We also looked at area, perimeter and volume, measuring real life objects in Miss Stratton's classroom!
How well can you reason?
Have a look at our recommended reasoning tasks at home and see if you can solve them! Bring them into your class teacher if you think you've solved the problem.