1. How do we baseline children?
Using TTRS, the baseline is needed to see and compare improvement. When using the iPad the baseline simply requires playing a 'Gig' game. This issues 100 multiplication questions on the 10s, followed by 10 questions on each of the 2s, 5s, 3s, 4s, 8s, 6s, 7s and 9s and then 5 questions on the 11s and the 12s. There is a 5 minute time limit and pupils will not necessarily get round to answering all 100 questions during that time which is fine.
After the gig, pupils will be placed at the best starting point on the training course. IMPORTANT: Automatic training mode needs to be turned on for 'gig' game to appear! (Set tables>choose class>automatic training turn on)
*Gig option only works when ATM is switched on*
Heatmat created from completing the Gig- these can be printed off through the 'STATs' option.
2. How can we personalise x tables for every child?
Using TTRS, select specific tables that you want the children to work on. Use ‘HCAT maths on a page’ and each child’s ‘personalised heatmap’ for guidance on what x tables the children in your class need to be focusing on. Ensure that HA children are challenged through a wide variety of times tables.
Ensure you've turned ATM off to set specific tables for each group. Once the ATM is switched off, the gig option will disappear. If you want to complete another baseline you will have to turn ATM back on!
3. How do we ensure children are using the app correctly?
Find time for children to practise their focus times tables and make sure you have set them on TTRS. When children have selected ‘Garage’ or ‘Arena’ they are purely tested on their focus tables set by you! If they choose ‘Studio’ or ‘Festival’ they are focusing on random tables up to 12 x 12.
4. Do we have a set time/structure to teach times time?
Little and often is better than a long session once a week. Alongside the use of TTRS, it is important that we teach strategies to build on conceptual understanding, progressive steps can be found on the HCAT calculation policy. See the x table activities that can be used/adapted to suit the needs of your children!
Key messages: Make connections, explore properties and use concrete and visuals! Embed the skills early and develop a range of strategies and representations so relationships are fully understood.
Set battles against other classes in school or other classes across HCAT trust. Select tournaments>new battle
Launch TTRS each term to raise the profile of times tables. Have a specific award each week in assembly for TTRS of the week KS1 and KS2.