Club boosts maths skills

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Stu­dents at Co­bram Angli­can Gram­mar School have been ad­vanc­ing their learn­ing with a weekly mul­ti­pli­ca­tion chal­lenge, ap­pro­pri­ately named Times Ta­bles Club.

Ev­ery Fri­day lunchtime, Year 3/4 stu­dents un­der­take a 10-minute times ta­bles chal­lenge that sees them aim to an­swer 100 times ta­bles facts cor­rect as quickly as pos­si­ble.

The idea was en­vis­aged over the term one hol­i­days by 3/4D teacher Ben Davis, as a way to en­gage and mo­ti­vate stu­dents.

It is also run by Ju­nior School head Mary Swof­fer, and has seen many stu­dents en­ter each week to im­prove their weekly score.

Mr Davis said mul­ti­pli­ca­tion formed the build­ing blocks for other math­e­mat­i­cal con­cepts, and once stu­dents were con­fi­dent with their times ta­bles, they could ap­ply the knowl­edge to other sums.

‘‘As an ex­am­ple, know­ing that 2 x 2 = 4 will help chil­dren un­der­stand that 20 x 20 = 400, and that 200 x 200 = 4000,’’ he said.

‘‘In ad­di­tion, chil­dren can check their cal­cu­la­tions us­ing the in­verse so that they know that 20 ÷ 4 = 5 is cor­rect be­cause 5 x 4 = 20.’’

Mrs Swof­fer said the pro­gram has seen a very en­thu­si­as­tic co­hort of stu­dents aim to im­prove their weekly score.

‘‘We have very mo­ti­vated stu­dents at Co­bram Angli­can Gram­mar who aim to ad­vance them­selves in all as­pects of their learn­ing and they should all be very proud of their achieve­ments,’’ she said.

Stu­dents have in­creased their knowl­edge re­mark­ably, with a huge in­crease in over­all scores.

‘‘It’s be­com­ing quite com­pet­i­tive, with ev­ery stu­dent aim­ing to have their chance to win the most im­proved medal­lion each week,’’ Mrs Swof­fer said.

Mr Davis said he could see the ben­e­fit the Times Ta­bles Club was hav­ing on his own class, even af­ter one term.

‘‘Stu­dents who know their facts build on these fun­da­men­tal con­cepts, ul­ti­mately ben­e­fit­ing in fu­ture math­e­mat­i­cal learn­ing in later years,’’ he said.

Math­e­mati­cool: Stu­dents at the Co­bram Angli­can Gram­mar Times Ta­bles Club.

Winner: Heidi Franklin re­ceived a medal for her times ta­bles ef­forts.

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