**Breaking News** Your child should now be able to log in to TT rockstars using their Hwb login. Full details will be sent home this week (w/b 12.9.16)
Times Tables Rockstars
Times Table Rockstars is intended to help your child improve their recall of times tables facts - swift recall of these facts and the ability to recognise when they should be used is central to pupils achieving their full potential throughout their schooling and we hope you will encourage your child to make daily use of the online resources that are available with TTRockstars.
At Waunceirch, pupils will access TTRockstars online resources using their existing activelearn/Hwb user and password.
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.
This format has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of pupils over the last 4 years at King Solomon Academy, the school in which it was created. Now it is used in over 2500 schools - both primary and secondary - worldwide. It is being introduced across the region and all schools in Neath Port Talbot will be using TTRockstars to improve times tables recall.
The basic format:
- Pupils get daily practice every week.
- Practice means answering about 50 questions each day.
- They will focus on one particular times table for the entire week, starting with the 3s. Some weeks will review a few times tables at once.
- Questions will involve division as well as multiplication.
- The speed with which questions are correctly answered is the target to improve
The daily format:
- Scoring Matrix for each pupil
- At the beginning of each lesson pupils retrieve the Rock Star sheet from their folders
- Onscreen stopwatch and the rock music are started and pupils start completing the sheet
- When the time is up, the teacher nominates students to read out a column of answers. They self mark in a green pen. Pupils are called by their rock names, which are generated from the website
- Once they have their score and time for the day, pupils update their Scoring Matrix.
- On Friday, after they have marked the sheet, pupils work out their total score. The teacher enters their time straight into an Excel file in minutes and seconds - Excel then converts it to seconds. The teacher also enters the scores and Excel then works out their speed (time per question).