Do you teach a KS2 class with a significant group of children who do not know their times tables facts and seem resolutely unmotivated to learn them?
Do you at the same time need to motivate and extend your times tables high fliers?
If you answered 'YES!' to the above questions then this resource is for you.
An early version of these resources was first developed to motivate just such a Year 6 class to put the hours in and finally commit times tables facts to memory. I needed a fast fix for those children but also a challenge for my more able students and so developed this suite of tests and associated materials. When I first introduced it, I was met by some very pallid expressions from children, one of whom told me 'But sir, I'm just not good at times tables'. The results came very quickly. ALL of the children had learned their tables within TWO WEEKS of the introduction of this testing suite.
This high quality suite of resources is designed to motivate children to rapidly acquire core times table facts and to help them to develop rapid mental calculation of related facts in line with the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum. They are suitable for use by children in Year 3 (age 7-8) and older. The tests range in level from Bronze to Platinum and are based on the exact same mixed times tables facts in exactly the same order. Children are encouraged to learn 'blocks' of 15 mixed times tables facts rather than the traditional one times table at a time approach, which can be slow and ineffective as an intervention strategy.
They are especially suited to use as a rapid intervention for older children who have fallen behind in the development of confidence and fluency in times table recall. In addition, the higher level tests provide a very demanding challenge for more able pupils.
This suite contains levelled tests, a recording spreadsheet, promotional poster and a complete and detailed user guide. It even allows students to practise the tests by entering answers which are marked instantly.
It has been used extensively in a number of busy inner-city primary schools with great success.