In Years 1 and 2, our children have access to NumBots, which is an on-line game which allows our children to practice their fluency with number bonds, addition and subtraction facts. This is available to use both in school and at home and is best done regularly in short bursts. It is fully aligned with our approach to teaching maths in the classroom as it encourages children to subitise (the ability to instantaneously recognise the number of objects in a small group without the need to count them) and uses pictorial representations to support addition and subtraction calculations.
Times Table Rock Stars is available to pupils at Bay Primary School from Year 2 to Year 6. It is a fun, interactive way to support our pupils in learning their times tables. This format has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 8 years in over 14,000 schools – both primary and secondary – worldwide.
Maths is a big subject and we appreciate there’s more to it than times tables and there’s more to times tables than learning them off by heart. However, a lot of the rich, interesting maths is all about the multiplicative relationships and these are hard to fully grasp without fluent recall of the tables. For that reason, learning the tables is fundamental – they are a key facilitator to the maths that sits on top. Therefore it is important to ensure our pupils are secure in their times table recall by the end of Year 4.