Rock on with times tables

ASK most children and learning maths timetables is not one of the most popular lessons.

At Buckton Vale Primary, however, they organised a rock stars competition to engage children from Year 1 to Year 6 in learning their tables as part of Maths Week England.

Buckton Vale rock stars

Sarah Blake, Buckton Vale’s maths’ lead, said: “As part of our commitment to make maths exciting and high profile in our school, we took part in a competition for Maths Week England, ‘Rock Out 2020’ and all children participated online via

“To celebrate the week, children came to school on the Friday dressed as a Times Table Rock Star avatar, a robot from Numbots or anything mathematical (numbers, clocks, rulers etc. on a t-shirt). Staff also joined in the fun.

“A total of 172 children took part in the event and I am delighted to say that as a school we came 684th in the country.”

Headteacher Deborah Brown

The top class was Hazel, runners-up Juniper and third place went to Oak. And the three best performing children will each receive a gift voucher.

Headteacher Deborah Brown said: “Many schools across the country were involved and we decided to really embrace it by having the children and staff dress up.

“We were amazed at the costumes everyone came in with.”

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