Club 144

Club 144

The New National Curriculum requires children to recall all the multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12 and the inverse division facts, by the end of Year 4.

By the end of Year 2 it expected that children have ‘instant recall’ of their 2, 5 and 10 times table and the inverse division facts. For example, do they know that 3×4=12, 4×3=12, 12÷3=4 and 12÷4=3?

By the end of Year 3 it expected that children have ‘instant recall’ of the times tables already taught as well as the 4, 8 and 3 times table and the inverse division facts.

This leaves the 6, 7, 9, 11 and 12’s to be learnt in Year 4.

What is the ‘Club 144’?

To motivate and engage the children more with learning and being able to recall their times tables, we have introduced the ‘Club 144’.

Knowing all the multiplication and division facts for the times tables facts from 1 x 1 up to 12 x 12 is our goal!

Why do they need to do this?

In maths lessons, children face problems they have to solve. Often, instead of solving the problems, they spend a lot of time on working out simple calculations, such as a multiplication (times table) fact. This really slows down their learning, the lessons and their progress.

By having an ‘instant recall’ of these facts, they can simply use the facts they know and move on to solve the maths problems much more quickly.

When will they be ‘tested’?

The teachers will keep a look out in class to see who may be ready to demonstrate their times table knowledge, or you or your child can tell us they are ready to earn a badge.

The test is a written one and challenges you to complete a test (needing 100 answers) in less than six minutes … this is not easy but with practice comes success!

If you don’t already know the multiplication and division facts, master them now and become the next person to earn your badge and certificate.

What is the best way to help?

There are lots of websites and books that can help with learning your times tables.

Maths Trainer:

http://www.mathsisfun.com/numbers/math-trainer-multiply.html

Multiplication tips:

http://www.mathsisfun.com/multiplication-tips-tricks.html

Stop the clock game:

http://resources.oswego.org/games/SumSense/summulti.html

Mixed multiplication and division:

http://resources.oswego.org/games/mathmagician/maths1.html

Also, to motivate and encourage your child, practice the ‘easier’ ones first – such as the 2, 5 and 10 times table. Hopefully they will want to achieve more!

Missing Belongings

Unfortunately, this week a few belongings have gone missing (PE kits, shoes and watches). We would appreciate it if you could check your child is taking home the correct belongings so if any is taken by mistake, we can return them to their rightful owners; we will do the same on our end. Thank you for your support!

Class Teacher Awards

Well done to the following children who have received a Class Teacher Award this week:

5A – Abi & Tahlia

5C – Ayman, Max & Sachi

5G – Sushmiata & Paniz

5S – Shogo, Ashaz & Elif

5Y – Huniya & Ollie

Another big well done to the following children who have received a Phase Leader Award:

5Y – Megan

This week’s learning

This week in topic, Year 5 have been looking at the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood. In the week, we looked at two different versions of Little Red Riding Hood and made comparisons between the two. Later in the week, Year 5 writers collected language for their own animal (usually a wolf) and their own setting for their writing next week. Well done Year 5!

This week in maths, Year 5 mathematicians have been multiplying and divide by 10,100 and 1000. When we multiply by, for example: 1000, the digits shift three times to left and is therefore 1000 times greater! Later in the week, we used this to convert between units of measure (km, m and cm). Well done, Year 5!