The Good Shepherd School
What is STEM Club 144?
STEM Club 144 was set up to improve times tables in KS2. Individual times table booklets are given as homework every three weeks. Each booklet consists of a range of tables exercises which vary in difficulty. All of the booklets are available on the maths page of this website as PDFs. All children in KS2 are also subscribed to TT Rockstars, a fun and interactive times table app.
Every Friday, all KS2 children sit the same 30 question tables quiz based on that booklet's particular table. The questions could be from any fact family in the table (eg 9 x 2 = 18, 2 x 9 = 18, 18 / 2 = 9, 18 / 9 =2). There are additional challenge questions on each quiz to complete afterwards (e.g. 0.9 x 9). They sit each table quiz three times per times table booklet. The idea is that they will improve on their score and/or time by week 3.
Children must achieve three scores of 100% within the time limit to try out for STEM Club 144. The try-outs happen every Friday at 1:15pm, where children have to complete a 'secret' challenge -a times tables caterpillar (attached) within 3 mins. Most fail initially, it usually takes a few goes before they do it. Younger children get a simpler times table to do, older children a harder one. Those that fail need to score 100% within the time limit once more to qualify to try-out again. Children succeeding receive a membership card in assembly.
Every term we host a STEM Club 144 (science, technology, engineering, maths) event for our members. Some of the most successful events so far included a team treasure hunt with maths clues to solve, a bridge-building activity using recyclable material, and a Morse coding challenge. The team-based challenges are excellent because they require strong communication and use of all team members for success to be possible- something able mathematicians sometimes struggle with.
Membership is increasing every year, with more and more children determined to become part of this exclusive club.
To celebrate Maths Week, all children in KS2 took part in a TT Rockstars Battle of the Bands competition. Each child in KS2 was assigned a colour (red, blue, green or yellow) and battled it out to answer as many times tables questions as they could during Maths Week (up to a maximum of 30 minutes per day) to win points for their team.
Congratulations to the blue team who are our overall winners and current holders of the TT Rockstars trophy!
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