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Club boosts maths skills

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June 29, 2017

Mathematicool: Students at the Cobram Anglican Grammar timestables club.

Mathematicool: Students at the Cobram Anglican Grammar timestables club.

Winner: Heidi Franklin received a medal for her timestables efforts.

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.

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