Numeracy Ninjas is a project driven by the belief that all students can leave school functionally numerate. We are pleased to say that this numeracy intervention is working wonders at our school and we have all of our students across KS3 doing the programme.
The students have taken to the Ninjas really well and after trialling the intervention programme in the first half term of the school year we were all happy to continue with it. We have been doing the Ninjas in little A5 booklets in 10-session blocks. Each 10-session booklet has a table on the back where they can record their scores/belts. This makes it really visible as to how well they are doing and the progress can easily be seen.
If you are not familiar with Numeracy Ninjas then please look http://www.numeracyninjas.org/
In either paper form or online, Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practiced every third week or so.
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 harder calculations.
Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help students master the times tables! To be a Times Table Rock Star you need to answer any multiplication fact up to 12×12 in less than 3 seconds!
The goal is for all participating rockers to be Times Table Rock Stars after 20 weeks!
Message to Parents
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.
It's absolutely essential that your child does a little bit of times table practice every night. In my experience, short bursts of practise on a daily basis are more effective than spending hours once a week.
And this is where you come in. For your child to be fully motivated and for them to get the best out of the practice, they need your help. Without your praise and your reminders, without you sitting down next to them or checking their work, practising times tables will not feel important to your child.
In this handbook I have set out a plan for you to follow. It's the same plan every night but the times tables change each week. My recommendation is that you are there to help them every evening for half hour during the first two weeks. This will help to establish a routine. After that, I recommend that you help your child get started for the first 10 minutes and then check on them at the end.
Over the course of the next few weeks and months your child WILL get faster and more accurate with the times tables. All your hard work and theirs WILL make them a Times Table Rock Star!