Why are times tables important?

Times tables are a fundamental part of children being confident mathematicians. These calculations will form the basis of much of what they learn in maths right up to (and even beyond) their GCSE courses, such as division, algebra and fractions. The skills also filter beyond maths – and can be particularly useful in sciences, but most of all are useful in daily life.

Once children become fluent in times tables facts, they will begin to gain confidence in other areas of maths; they will see patterns and gain a deeper understanding of fractions, division and ratio to name a few.

At Green Top, we encourage children to develop their knowledge of times tables facts in different ways. We also recommend Times Tables Rockstars to further develop and consolidate their knowledge of the facts. All children have their own unique password and username which can be used at home as well as in school. Please contact your child’s classroom teacher for more information about this.

Please click on the link below to see how times tables support our children in their maths arithmetic paper.




It has been brought to my attention that there is a worrying video currently being shown at the end of YouTube videos which are aimed at children. Upon further investigation, this has been covered in the national news today also. The messages given out during these videos challenge children to do inappropriate and dangerous things but also not to tell an adult or ‘Momo’ -a scary looking character- will ‘get them’.

This is obviously a huge concern and we will be discussing e-safety tomorrow in our daily circles in all classes, however, please also safeguard your children when they are using YouTube and other social media apps by discussing actions to take if something pops up they are worried about or feel is inappropriate.

Further advice on how to restrict searches on YouTube can be found here 

However, please be aware that some of the inappropriate messages have been embedded into child friendly videos in this case and therefore even safe searches may bring this concerning message up.




Winner winner

This group of year 6 children represented us at Trinity last week. They had to prove to everyone in the lecture theatre that the moon landing was fake!  Green Top won the conspiracy competition!!!

Well Done from me!

Mrs Roberston said…  The children took place in a panic competition first where they had to find clues and solve questions to win points – they came first! Then after break, they researched their topic which was ‘the moon landing being faked’ they put together a presentation board of evidence, wrote scripts to support the picture evidence then presented their findings to a panel of judges.

The comp was based on presentation skills, their board and their speech.

They all presented their findings amazingly, especially Neo, who forgot to write his speech down so 5 mins before the presentation learned his speech from the board off by heart, which  apparently swung the judges decision. The children were praised for their behaviour and their enthusiasm for learning.

In a nutshell they made us extremely proud.