MASTER OF TABLES (MoT)
New Diamond level is to be introduced to check knowledge
and the use of times tables facts in a problem solving context.
In our drive to improve Maths even further at Northwood, we introduced Master of Tables (MoT) to encourage children to learn their times tables off by heart. This has helped them in mental maths and in arithmetic work, whether in class or in assessment situations.
MoT was first introduced in October 2015.
It has done in three stages: Bronze, Silver and Gold.
To become a Bronze Master of Tables, children have to know their 2, 5 and 10 x tables.
To become a Silver Master of Tables, children have to know their 3, 4, 6 and 7 x tables.
To become a Bronze Master of Tables, children have to know their 8, 9, 11 and 12 x tables.
Children have to know the times table facts and all inverses in random order and are expected to answer “quick fire” to encourage instant recall of multiplication and division facts.
If successful, they are presented with a certificate in our Friday Achievement Assembly and their photo is then put on the MoT display (outside Yr 6 classroom).
Within one week of MoT being introduced we had our first ever Gold Master of Tables: Oreofe from Year 2. Within one week she progressed from Bronze to Silver to Gold Master of Tables. Our Chair of Governors, Mr Leader, suggested that we present Gold Masters of tables with a special gold badge to acknowledge their success. He came to the last Achievement Assembly of autumn term 2015 to present these badges. They are now presented in our weekly Achievement Assembly along with the certificates.
We soon had many Masters of Tables but realised that the time given for testing was not long enough and many children who were ambitious to become Master of Tables were not able to be tested.
Mrs Kerr in Year 3 had a great idea and revolutionised the testing of Master of Tables. She produced a written test for each stage of MoT and asked Oreofe in Year 2 to trial them to decide how long should be given to complete them. She then set up a “Testing Centre” in her classroom which is organised and run by Gold Masters of Table children on a rota system. These children administer the tests which are done under strict timed conditions. They then mark the tests (this is quality assured by Mrs Kerr) and write out the certificates for those children who are successful. They then present the certificates in our Friday Achievement assembly.
On Friday 12th February 2016, we introduced our Master of Tables challenge where every child from Year 2 to Year 6 took part in a quick fire times table competition. They competed against their year group peers for the title of King and Queen of times tables. The King and Queen of each year group were then crowned at the end of the competition.
Every child took part with great attitude and some children who lost by a split second were very gracious in their defeat. Everyone was very supportive of the children competing. We were very proud of this outstanding behaviour and we will be holding this competition every term from now on.