It’s been lovely to see so many more children using RockStars to practise their times tables. If the children play enough in ‘Garage’, ‘Studio’ and ‘Sound-check’, their speed is measured to show their progress.
Last week, we looked at who had the fastest rock speed in the school. Here are the speediest players in each year group:
Kalel ‘Sean Hulsey’ = 17.65 seconds per question
Kayla ‘K.Scogin’ = 23.08 seconds per question
Benjamin ‘Al Who’ = 5.22 seconds per question
Aiden ‘Five Blackpoolrock’ = 12.24 seconds per question
Samuel ‘Terry Sherwood’ = 12.5 seconds per question
Ayush ‘Justin Reading’ = 1.29 seconds per question
Daniel ‘Vic.T.Hendrix’ = 1.67 seconds per question
Jonathan ‘Johnny Hatrix = 1.78 seconds per question
Amalie ‘Roxy Coppola’ = 0.93 seconds per question
Amy ‘Fruity Floyd’ = 1.52 seconds per question
Leo ‘Benjamin Rockpaperscissors’ = 1.67 seconds per question
Imogen ‘Libby Stitch’ = 0.96 seconds per question
Sophie ‘Emily Malkmus’ = 1.13 seconds per question
Nayra ‘Ann Manning’ = 1.16 seconds per question
Well done! Come and see Miss Goddard to collect your RockStars certificate this week.
Next time, the winners of each year group will be those children who are showing resilience in learning their times tables. This will be children who are practising a lot at home and not giving up, even when they are finding their times tables tricky. These children will be announced in a couple of weeks.
Our past competition winners are displayed outside Year 3 in our RockStars ‘Hall of Fame’ – come and take a look if you can.
Dear Parents, Carers, Family and Friends,
This is just a reminder that tomorrow morning, Thursday 1st November, our Year 3 students will be opening their Stone Age Museum to share with everyone their home-learning tasks.
It would be lovely if you are able to come along and see their exhibits. The museum will be in the main hall from 9:00 am to 9:30 am. Please don’t worry if you are unable to attend, there will be lots of adults to make sure every child has several visitors to talk to them about their work.
Thank you all so much for the support you have given the children to complete their home-learning task for this project.
The Year 3 Team
Battle of the Bands!
The ‘Battle of the Bands’ has been running for 5 days now and it’s great to see so many people playing at home.
Only 2 days left in the competition so how are the scores looking?
Year 2 are currently beating Year 3.
Year 4 are currently beating Year 3.
Year 5 are currently beating Year 4.
Year 5 are currently beating Year 6.
Overall, it seems that Year 2, 4 and 5 are practising lots at home. Year 3 and 6 are going to need to up their game a little in order to beat their opponents!
Log on to gain points for your Year Group’s ‘Band’ whilst also earning yourself lots of coins to spend at the online shop.
We re-launched RockStars a few weeks ago and what a hit it has been!
It looks like most children have logged on to learn their tables and increase their speed but we thought it was worth giving a few children a special mention who have clearly been doing lots of practice! Each time a game is played, the children earn coins so the more coins, the more practice they have had. Here are our top three scorers in each year group – a huge well done!
Alfie ‘Tom Bragg’ has earned 10,854 coins
Luke ‘Fats Styler’ has earned 9,652 coins
Heath ‘Royal Rockaroundtheclock’ has earned 8,700 coins
Jack ‘Thunder Palace’ has earned 18,647 coins
Igor ‘Billy Alvin’ has earned 14,697 coins
Archie ‘Strike Durst’ has earned 10,103 coins
Sophie ‘Sugar Slim’ has earned 56,020 coins
Ethan ‘Royal Dornacker’ has earned 35,904 coins
Edward ‘Ed Cyrus’ has earned 32,966 coins
Amalie ‘Roxy Coppola’ has earned 106,708 coins
Amy ‘Fruity Floyd’ has earned 91,639 coins
Carolina ‘C.C. Winter’ has earned 18,506 coins
Nayra ‘Ann Manning’ has earned 188,708 coins
Imogen ‘Libby Stitch’ has earned 126,022 coins
Sophie ‘Emily Malkmus’ has earned 61,847 coins
Come and see Miss Goddard to collect your special ‘Highest Earner’ certificate when you are back at school!
Half term is a perfect time to practise times tables and a ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition has just been set up. This is a competition between different year groups – the more you practice, the more points you get for your band (year group).
Children can see their ‘bands’ progress when they log on. Who will win by the end of the half term holiday?
This week, we have re-launched the very popular ‘Rockstars’ website which St Mark’s have been using for the last year. This platform allows children to practise their times tables in a fun, personalised and competitive way. We have certainly seen a boost in the children’s love of learning their tables as well as children securing these facts much quicker. Here are a few reminders to help you support your children at home.
Go to the website: https://play.ttrockstars.com and select the ‘Login’ option.
Firstly, type in the school – St Mark’s CofE Primary School, Basingstoke. It should appear in a drop down menu so you don’t have to type in the whole name. Once the school name is entered correctly, the children will then login with their personal details which have been distributed. Their username will be the first 3 letters of the first name followed by the first 3 letters of their surname. Their password will be 3 random letters.
Practice makes Perfect!
Under the ‘Play’ section, there are many ways for the children to reinforce and learn their times tables. They can select one of the options depending on whether they want to learn their tables, improve their speed or just get competitive! Here is a quick overview of each Play section.
Garage: Times tables set by the child’s class teacher. Set the timer to 1, 2 or 3 minutes and collect 10 coins for every correct answer.
Studio: Times tables set by the child’s class teacher. The timer is set to 1 minute and collect 1 coin for every correct answer. Play in Studio enough and the child’s ‘Rock Status’ will improve!
Sound Check: Times tables set by the child’s class teacher. 20 questions are set and the children have 5 sections to answer each one. 5 coins can be collected for each answer.
Festival: Practise all times tables competing with children from all over the world! Collect 1 coin for every correct answer.
Arena: Practise all times tables competing with children from the same year group (bandmates). Collect 1 coin for every correct answer.
RockSlam: Practise all times tables competing with children from the same year group (bandmates) by selecting or being selecting to challenge others. Collect 1 coin for every correct answer.
After each game, there will be a breakdown of the performance including number of questions correct, incorrect, speed and coins collected.
As a reward of all their hard work, children will collect ‘coins’ when they play games. These can be spent in the ‘Shop’ section where children can buy new items and accessories for their avatar. Of course – the more coins collected, the more exciting the items are which can be purchased.
Miss Goddard and the Year 6 RockStars ambassadors are going to be busy checking statistics and will be coming around to classes in the next few weeks to reward children for their hard work. They will be giving out certificates for achievements such as ‘Highest Earner’, ‘Most Played’, ‘Rock Status’ and ‘Fastest Speed’. The competition is on!
We hope that children enjoy this exciting resource; please encourage children to have a go at logging in at home to aid their maths. Feel free to pop in and speak to your child’s class teacher if there are any problems or you need further guidance.
Just a quick note about arrangements for Monday.
3C have been told they can come into school wearing their PE kit all day if they want.
3H and 3B should come into school wearing their school uniform.
We are really looking forward to our final day together.
Miss Hardy, Mrs Chapman and Miss Barnett