Hi Parents and Carers,
As it’s half term we know the children will be working hard on their times tables to prepare for their test in June 2020. After the workshops, we had some feedback from parents who wanted to know how to track their children’s times tables facts.
When the children log into their account they will be greeted with the main screen. This section will show the headings for different types of games they can play. Normally you would see the ‘Garage‘ section which is where children practise their facts.
This section may also be labelled as ‘Gig‘ at some stages.
This is on ‘Auto Level‘ which means the children will need to constantly play so more and more facts are available for them to practise. Some children have complained that they are stuck on certain numbers such as tens or twos. This is because they need to keep playing through the levels, not because they aren’t allowed to complete these facts.
Equally, if they want to practise all of their tables they can use the ‘Studio‘ section to do this. The best game for them to play to prepare them for the test in June is ‘SoundCheck‘. as it has the same timings and layout as the test.
The best way to keep track of which facts they need to work on is by viewing your child’s heat map in ‘Stats‘. If you hover over their rock name in the right corner a menu will appear. This also shows you their average time in seconds that they take to answer questions. We are aiming for six seconds or less to prepare them for the test.
Once you click on ‘My Stats‘ you will be able to view their heat map.
The key at the bottom shows you how quickly the children can answer a question. Generally, facts that are answered in six seconds or less will be in a light yellow leading towards a dark shade of green. Facts that are orange or red are the ones that need to be worked on the most. Any facts that don’t have a colour have not been practised yet so this is why it is important to complete ‘Gig‘ and ‘Garage‘.
We hope this is helpful and allows you to keep an eye on how well your children are doing with their times tables facts. Of course, if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment on the blog or ask your child’s teacher and we will support you as best we can.
Can I please stress that it is important that all children are practising for a minimum of ten minutes a day to help them improve as quickly has possible.
Happy Half Term from the Year 4 team.