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Times Tables Rock Stars

Seton Community Primary School subscribes to Times Tables Rock Stars (TTRS). This is a system that the children use to practise the instant recall of their multiplication and division facts.

When it comes to times tables, speed and accuracy are important – the more facts a child remembers, the easier it is for them to complete harder calculations. Times Tables Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help children master the times tables. To be a Times Tables Rock Star they need to answer any multiplication fact up to 12x12 in less than 3 seconds!

Research shows that daily practise is the best strategy for children to learn these important facts. Short bursts of daily practise are much more effective than spending hours once a week.

Parental support is critical in this area. For children to be fully motivated and for them to get the best out of the practice, they need an adult’s help. Without a parent’s praise and reminders, without sitting down together or checking their work, practising times tables will not feel important.

Each class or group within a class will be set a schedule of times tables to work on by their teacher. The quicker a child can answer a times tables question, the higher their Rock Status.

≤ 1 sec/qu = Rock Hero

≤ 2 secs/qu = Rock Legend

≤ 3 secs/qu = Rock Star

≤ 4 secs = Headliner

≤ 5 secs/qu = Support Act

≤ 6 secs/qu = Breakthrough Artist

≤ 7 secs/qu = Unsigned Act

≤ 8 secs/qu = Gigger

≤ 9 secs/qu = Busker

≤ 10 secs/qu = Garage Rocker

> 10 secs/qu = Wannabe



Your child can play TT Rock Stars alone or against friends or people around the world.

Single player

  • Garage – best for getting quicker at a few facts.
  • Studio – the questions in Studio can be anything from 1x1 up to 12x12 and answering these will improve your rock status.

Multi player

  • Rock Arena – Compete against other members of your band (friends in class).
  • Festival – Compete against TT Rock Stars from around the world.

Looking for ideas to support your child’s times tables development? Take a look at the suggestions below:

  • Read the times tables that are being focused on that week (your child’s teacher can let you know the schedule for your child and a list of all the times tables can be downloaded below) do it a second time around but this time your child should be trying to say them without reading them from the page. It is more important that they can say them correctly than say them quickly to begin with.
  • Download the Scatter Tables from TTRS. To use them, you call out a question from the times table you are focusing on and your child should point to the answer on the page. For example, if you are concentrating on the 5 times tables, then find the Scatter Table for the 5s and call out questions like, ‘9 times 5’ (your child points to 45) and so on. Your child should be trying to get them correct each time and not worrying about the speed.
  • Write the focus times table out, initially in order and then in a random order.
  • Chant, rap or sing times table songs (try Percy Parker or Mathsrockx).
  • Ask your child to complete a TT Rock stars practise sheet that focuses on the table they are working on (can be download below).
  • Play TT Rock Stars online using the login card in your child’s home school book. They should play for a short while until they are successfully answering the questions quickly. TT Rock Stars can be accessed on online or downloaded for free.

Parent Handbook for TTRS is available here

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