Times Table Rock Stars and Numbots


Numbots is used by our pupils in Year 1 and 2. It is all about every child achieving the “triple win” of understanding, recall and fluency in mental addition and subtraction, so that they move from counting to calculating.

Pupils choose their own Bot before launching into ‘Story’ or ‘Challenge’ modes. The app’s in-built algorithm takes care of pace of learning and recognises when children are ready for the next challenge,

As they progress, pupils collect achievement badges and unlock hundreds of new levels. In Story Mode they discover parts and help RustyBot upgrade from Rust to Diamond!

Time Tables Rock Stars

Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice.

Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so.

This format has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 8 years in over 16,000 schools – both primary and secondary – worldwide.

At St James, we use Times Tables Rock stars to learn and practise multiplication facts up to 12 x 12. Pupils are expected to know these facts by the end of Year 4.

Learning times tables is really important. After all, they’re the building blocks of maths, and with your multiplications mastered, you can do anything! Here are just some of the ways in which memorising tables can help you in school.

Advantages of learning your times tables:

  1. Learning one makes it easier to learn the others – if you know your 2 times table, you can learn your 4s simply by doubling the answers.
  2. They are a great help with mental arithmetic – quick recall of multiplication facts rather than counting on fingers saves so much time.
  3. Real life application – One comic costs £3 but you want to buy 4. How much will that be in total? A recipe for a cake needs 125g of flour but you want to make 4 cakes. How much flour will you need to buy?
  4. Confidence boost – knowing these key facts will give you confidence to develop your skills even further!


Single Player Game Modes

Jamming – Choose the tables you want to practise and how many questions you want to challenge yourself with.

Gig – 5 minutes to answer up to 100 multiplication questions. The gig ends when your time is up or you have answered all the questions!

Garage – Work on the times tables your teacher has set you.

Studio – Play studio to up your rock status. Can you become a ROCK GOD?

Soundcheck – This mode we recommend to Y4 pupils – 25 questions with 6 seconds to answer each question. This mode mimics the Multiplication Tables Check that all our Y4 pupils will take.

Multiplayer Game Modes

Festival – Challenge children around the country in a completely safe game mode. Test you response time and recall skills against the UK’s best!

Arena – Like Festival mode but limited to challenging your class mates.

Rockslam – Challenge individual friends or even a teacher!