ABUJA PREP CELEBRATES A MASSIVE 47% INCREASE IN SCORES THANKS TO TIMES TABLES ROCK STARS' WORLDWIDE COMPETITION
LOW TIMES TABLES SCORES AND A NEED FOR RAPID RECALL...
Dominique Dyer, Head of School at Abuja Prep in Nigeria desperately needed a way to assess her Key Stage 2 students’ times tables ability.
“I found a times table test online. And we started doing that to see where we were. Our scores were initially quite disappointing.
“We introduced Club 99 last summer, which helped and children’s scores soon improved, but we needed something else.
Dominique knew she had a competitive lot on her hands…And she knew just the thing that would help…
AND IN BRONZE POSITION
Dominique introduced Times Tables Rock Stars in September 2021 and asked Mr. Innocent to lead it.
“That does make a huge difference because I’ve had somebody other than me, who has been organising everything; making sure it was set up and enthusing the teachers and children. So that’s been a huge help, having someone in school to drive it.”
To practise for their upcoming Rest of the World Rocks competition, Abuja Prep held class tournaments…
“The boys were scoring much better than the girls. So they’ve started introducing boys against girls and that’s meant that the girls have had to step up. And so that’s really raised the ability of the girls with their times tables”.
Students and teachers at Abuja Prep have taken competitiveness to the next level…
“The children absolutely love it,” Dominique beams at Mr Innocent.
The Year 6s were, at one point, coming in last but they weren’t going to have that…Oh no! “Year 6 scores between Monday and Wednesday were incredible,” Dominique smiles.
The year 4s and 5s weren’t going to be overtaken by the Year 6s.
“Nobody wanted to lose,” Mr. Innocent said excitedly.This competitive spirit led to Abuja Prep landing an incredible 3rd in Rest of the World Rocks.
ENGAGEMENT HAS SOARED
“It’s been really interesting to see some of our children that have interventions for maths are getting really high scores on Times Tables Rock Stars. That’s been absolutely amazing.”
Abuja Prep students have truly stepped up and the results speak for themselves.
“At the end of last year, 48% of our current Year 6s were getting a 90% pass mark on the times tables test. And now that is up to 89% of the Year 6s. The Year 5s were at 26% and they’re now up to 73%. And even our year 3s now, who have only just started using it, 25% of them got 90% on that quickfire time sample test. So huge, huge impact.”
“It’s made a big difference. Our lower ability children are now fantastic at their tables. And obviously, that’s then having a knock-on effect on everything else.”
And Abuja Prep isn’t going to stop there. There are big plans for a very competitive inter-house battle…