TSAT Rocks – Times Tables Rockstars Battle

TSAT Rocks – Times Tables Rockstars Battle

This term, we were incredibly excited to hold our first ever #TSATRocks Times Tables Rockstars battle! Junior school pupils from across the Trust competed for the title of #TSATRocks champion, practising their times tables, and developing their arithmetic skills. The competition took place over four days, and it was great to see our children so enthusiastic and determined to represent their schools.

TT Rockstars is a fun and interactive online tool that helps children learn and practise their times tables. Our junior school pupils each have their own personal logins, which allows them to access the platform at school and at home, to master their times tables while competing with their school friends. The development of Maths skills is fundamental to primary education, and its importance spans secondary school, college, university and into adult life. Solid times tables knowledge is crucial for transforming life chances and enabling our pupils to take their next steps in life. Our TSAT Rocks competition was designed to relaunch the use of TT Rockstars across our schools and promote times tables learning in a fun, interactive and competitive way that unites primary schools across our Trust.

Congratulations to The Gordon Children’s Academy who came top of the leaderboard and were awarded the Trust-wide #TSATRocks trophy! The competition was close, with Cedar Children’s Academy taking second place and Meon Junior School coming a close third!

As well as our incredible winning school, we also have our brilliant Hub winners, Portsmouth’s Meon Junior School and The Gordon Children’s Academy in Medway! Both schools were awarded certificates for their outstanding efforts – well done!

It was great to see children from across the Trust engaging in this fantastic competition, developing their arithmetic skills, and representing their schools. Over 1,666 children from 92 classes across the Trust took part, and an incredible 1,287,318 times tables questions were answered!

Well done to all our pupils who answered the most questions in their school, you are all TSAT Rockstars! However, a special mention must go to Aryaan from All Faiths Children’s Academy, who answered the most questions out of all our participating students across the Trust. Well done Aryann – you did an amazing job!

Our highest-scoring children from each class were also awarded a certificate each. Congratulations to all our winners!

Jody Murphy, Director of Education, said: “Maths is an absolute passion of mine so being able to create an opportunity for students from both Medway and Portsmouth to improve their times tables through a fun and interactive way is wonderful. It has been a team effort to ensure that our students are able to represent their school. The support from the Maths leaders in our Primary Schools as well as teachers and parents has been fantastic with over 1.2million questions correctly answered in four days! Huge congratulations to everyone who took part – we look forward to the next battle to see who the next TSAT Top of The Rocks’ will be.”

We are proud of every one of our pupils who participated in this competition, and of our staff who worked hard to make this event possible. As a Trust, we are constantly thinking of new and innovative ways of engaging our pupils in their learning and bringing our pupils together as a Trust-wide community. The TSAT

Rocks competition was a huge success in many ways and was enjoyed by all. Congratulations again to all who participated, and to The Gordon Children’s Academy for being crowned TSAT Rocks Champion!

Who will our next winner be?

Students really enjoyed taking part and here are several comments from them:

“The week was very exciting. I liked seeing my progress with my score going up’ ‘I’m very proud of myself.” – Justice

“It was such a fun week. I got to play games and learn something educational at the same time.” – Marcus

“The competition was really fun because you can win lots of coins” – Ioana

“The competition was really good because when other children start beating you, you have to keep improving your score.” – Folu

“I won TTRS of the week in my class for the first time and it feels really good to win.” – Flavius

“We feel like we have achieved something great using our persistence habit of mind” – Edward

“I feel elated about it because we have been trying our hardest and not giving up!” – Isabella

“It feels great to come second because we all showed our striving for accuracy habit of mind.” – Taranpreet

“It gives us a boost to try to achieve more because we know that we can do it when we work as a team.” – Millie

Our top 3 winners for our first Trust-wide Rockstars battle are:

1st – The Gordon Children’s Academy (Trust-wide and Medway Hub winner)

2nd – Cedar Children’s Academy

3rd – Meon Junior School (Portsmouth Hub winner)