Mathematics Blog - Number Sense Challenge

2nd February 2018
Week three and the plan has continued to gain momentum.  Children from all year groups are talking about their learning of times tables and particularly their favourite games they are playing within the classroom and on Sumdog and Times Tables Rock Stars.
In Otters they have been focusing on the 5 times table using games in class, on Sumdog and Times Table Rock Stars.  
In Zebras they have been making their own times tables games and playing them with each other.
In Falcons they have been playing games to develop their speed whilst maintaining their accuracy.  Find the games here:
26th January 2018
This week our Number Sense Times Table Challenge has really taken off.
Our class councils have sought pupils views on times tables: how confident they are; what they find tricky and how they learn them best.  These view are being collated by our Year 6 school councillors  and the ideas will be incorporated into how times tables is taught in each class.
The current focus for each class is as follows:
Reception: Counting in 10s.
Year 1:  Counting in 10s.  Increasing fluency of multiplication and related division facts.
Year 2: This week's focus is increasing fluency of multiplication and division fats for the 10 times table.  Challenges have been set on Sumdog and Times Tables Rock Stars to support this.
Year 3: Focus is 3 times and 6 times table.  This week Zebras have been learning through songs and games e.g. Splat.
Year 4: Focus is 6, 7 and 8 times tables.  Macaws have been working on a Sumdog challenge.
Year 5: Focus is 6, 7 and 12 times tables.  Tamarins have been working on a Sumdog challenge.
Year 6:  Focus is 6, 8 and 12 times tables.  This week Falcons have been learning through Sumdog and games e.g. Catch 1 Partner, Round The World and Splat.
Take a look at individual class pages for pictures and examples of the games being played.  
22nd January 2018
This week we have signed up for a free trial with Times Tables Rock Stars.  The trial will last for four weeks and at the end of that time, if we want to, Friends of little Plumstead have agreed to pay for a subscription so we can continue learning.  So get your children using it and let us know what you and they think.
The goals of Times Table Rock Stars are:
  • 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 
  • to be a fun and challenging programme designed to help children master their times tables
  • to answer multiplication facts up to 12 x 12 in less than 3 seconds
At Times Table Rock Stars they believe that world famous rock musicians are the best at what they do because they've spent hours practising guitar chords, writing music or playing on the drums. It's just the same with times tables – all Times Table Rock Stars need to practise and practise and practise. Practising a little bit of times tables daily is more effective than spending hours once a week.
Times Tables Rock Stars recommends the following activities.
  1.     Reading the times tables out loud
  2.     Scatter tables
  3.     Write tables on a piece of paper
  4.     Play online at using individual log ins

What happens next?

This week your child will be bringing home their individual log ins and passwords for Times Tables Rock Stars together with details of the tables they are focusing on over the next few weeks.   

16th January 2018
Our Number Sense Challenge focused on times tables was launched with an assembly from Mrs. Malcolm and Mrs. Holmes.  The children had to find out how many people could be invited to Mrs. Malcolm and Mrs. Holmes' silly sock party (by sorting socks and matching pairs) and then they had to calculate how many packets of cakes were needed if everyone had one cake each and the cakes were bought in packs of 4.  The assembly highlighted the importance of counting and developing links between the two times and four times table.    
16th January 2018
Number Sense Challenge: Times Tables
This week we have launched a whole school Number Sense Challenge focused on Times Tables.  Each class will have a different focus but the aim for all is to become more fluent in their times table knowledge and the related division facts.  

The secret to learning times tables is to practise little and often.  Over the next eight weeks we will using a variety of teaching and learning methods to improve our times tables.    


On this blog, and on the individual class pages, we will be providing details of resources we have used, or have been recommended to us by the children, to support their learning.   


Please help us by encouraging your child to practise their times tables at home daily.


If you have any questions, or would like any help with ideas to support your child, please speak to your child’s teacher.


Many thanks for your support.