Times Tables Mapplewell Primary School

Times table Rockstars is used consistently to track and assess pupils in school.
1. How do we baseline pupils?

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)

2. How can we personalise Times Tables for every pupil?

Using TTRS, we select specific tables that we want the pupils to work on. We also use the ‘HCAT maths on a page’ and each pupil’s ‘personalised heatmap’ for guidance on what times tables the children in our classes need to be focusing on. It is easy to ensure that all pupils are challenged through a wide variety of times tables.

An example of how teachers can mould specific focus timestables to each child to create a tailored approach.
3. How do we ensure pupils are using the app correctly?

We provide time for pupils to practise their focus times tables and make sure they are set them on TTRS. When pupils have selected ‘Garage’ or ‘Arena’ they are purely tested on their focus tables set by teachers. 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,we understand the importance that we teach strategies to build on conceptual understanding, progressive steps can be found on the HCAT calculation policy.

5. How do we track and assess times tables?

After pupils have completed their baseline, they will have their own personalised heatmap. These should be analysed by the class teacher to ensure personalised times tables are set for specific groups. Pupils have a personal tracker which they will fill in 3 times over the month along with their speed.

This is an example of the tracker that we use at Mapplewell to ensure we know which pupils require extra practice and support to be ready for the Multiplication Check.

Over the course of the term pupils should gain confidence in their set times tables when using the ‘garage’ feature.

On a termly basis (half termly for Y3 & 4) pupils should take the ‘soundcheck’ assessment to evaluate their progress towards the expected standard. The ‘soundcheck’ replicates the test Y4 pupils will be taking nationally.

This is a snapshot taken from the 'soundcheck' mode which will help pupils to prepare for the Multiplication Tables Check in Year 4.
6. How can we engage parents?

At Mapplewell we have engaged parents through a TTRS meeting explaining the importance of times tables being practised at home. Shared information about the times table check in Y4 and share heat maps with the pupils in their maths books.

We also celebrated TTRockstar day where we dressed up in our favourite rock outfits and celebrated those children who had been using TTRockstars at home regularly.