The creators of Times Tables Rock Stars have produced a platform for boosting addition and subtraction skills, called NumBots. All children from Reception to Year 2 have been provided with a NumBots log on. If any older children wish to log on to NumBots, they can do so using their Times Table Rock Star log on details.
NumBots is available as an online game and as an app. Research has found that playing little and often will significantly improve your child’s recall and understanding of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts. These are critical foundations in maths so we are excited by the impact NumBots will have.
The children have been shown how to login and have brought home a username letter. They might need some help navigating to the website and entering the details but once they’re in, they just need some quiet space to get on with the games for 5 minutes. Please ask your child’s teacher if they are struggling to login.
Important: please don’t allow siblings, friends or family to answer for them but do support your child if they’re stuck.
Little and often
In order to get the best out of NumBots children should regularly play for short bursts.
1. Story Mode – the emphasis is on learning the ideas and concepts behind addition and subtraction so it features more diagrams, shapes and question styles.
2. Challenge Mode – the emphasis is more on speed of recall of key facts, like number bonds to 10, doubling small numbers or adding & taking away in your head.
Challenge Mode is locked for new users and Challenge 1 is unlocked once players reach level 80 on Story Mode.
There are 20 Challenges in total. To unlock the next Challenge, players must correctly answer 12 questions in a minute.