At Glascote Academy, children cover a broad and balanced mathematical curriculum including elements of number, calculation, geometry, measures and statistics. Due to the interconnected nature of mathematics, at Glascote we aim to teach maths in a cross curricular manner as well as discretely to teach the practical application of mathematical skills. We focus not only on the mathematical methods but also focus on mathematical vocabulary.
We aim for each child to be confident in each yearly objective and develop their ability to use this knowledge to develop a greater depth understanding to solve varied fluency problems as well as problem solving and reasoning questions.
At Glascote we are pleased to closely follow the White Rose Mathematics scheme across the school. White Rose Maths is an organisation that aims to work collaboratively with teachers across the country to improve mathematics teaching. Inspired and informed by robust, world-class research and global maths experts, the scheme aims to transform maths education and change the experience of maths forever. The white Rose approach aims to help all pupils to master mathematics.
Teachers in EYFS and key stage 1 adapt lessons appropriately to the needs to the children. Children’s work is evidenced in maths books. In key stage 2, a more rigid approach is taken and planning is followed prescriptively. Children work methodically through a White Rose Maths workbook, alongside this children have a maths text book.
Mathematic lessons are not restricted to the classroom; we use all areas of our school environment to ensure a rich and varied learning approach is accessible to all. Through this approach, children have the opportunity to explore mathematics in a variety of ways. These include, utilising the Farm and Forest areas, Fierte Festival, school trips and regular outdoor learning experiences utilising the school grounds or local community.
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 pupils 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!
All children from years 2 to 6 have a username and password so they can also access this website from home. If they lose this, please see their class teacher.
How to play
There are 4 different game modes, which you can try.
Garage – The questions will only come from the times tables the teacher has set for the week. As pupils start to answer questions, TT Rock Stars works out which facts they take longer on and will give them more of these questions to answer. The Garage is best for getting quicker at a few facts. Players get 10 coins per question.
Studio – The questions in the Studio can be anything from 1×1 up to 12×12.
TT Rock Stars calculates the mean speed from their last 10 games in the Studio and translates into a Rock Status.
They earn 1 coin per question and the Studio is the place for them to set their best time across all the tables.
Rock Arena – The Arena allows players to compete against all other members of their Band (their Band mates would need to join the same game in order to compete together).
A new Arena game starts every 15 seconds and once the clock starts they race to answer more questions than the others. In the Arena, questions will only come from the times tables the teacher has set for the week, similar to the Garage. They earn 1 coin per correct answer.
Rock Festival – The Rock Festival games are open to players from around the world. Like the Arena, there is no limit to the number of players who can join a game; however, unlike the Arena, questions are selected at random from 1×1 to 12×12. Pupils might choose the Rock Festival if they were playing at home (and therefore couldn’t easily synchronise playing against a classmate) or wanted to compete against others not in their Band. They earn 1 coin per correct answer.
Fierte Trust Mathematics Videos on Youtube
In order to support parents and provide them with information about how we teach calculation strategies, separate playlists have been created for each type of calculation. Please click on the links below to access the playlists: