‘Planet Maths’ is a maths scheme aimed at raising the basic number skills of the children, their times table knowledge and application. The idea is that the children ‘visit’ different planets and super rockets before reaching ‘Planet Maths.’ Each planet and rocket represents a different maths objective for the children to achieve. It runs throughout the school from Reception to Year 6.
The children are tested every week in class on a specific maths objective such as number bonds to 10 or rapid recall of the 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 times tables. This is outlined on the pupil progress sheet (see the links below). These objectives will be determined by the class teacher. If they complete the test within the time limit and get them all correct, the children receive a sticker to put on their Planet Maths pupil progress sheet.
The children will complete two tests on each objective. The first test is a rapid recall test. Children must recall a certain number of calculations within a given time limit (outlined on the pupil progress sheet). The second test provides extension by testing the ability of the children to apply their times table knowledge to missing number sentences and word problems.
In the missing number section, symbols are used to signify a missing element in number sentences eg.
In addition, the missing number sentences consist of multiplication and division facts as these are inverse operations. If multiplication facts for each table are fully understood and children have rapid recall, then they should be able to apply their knowledge of multiplication to solve division questions. An example would be: –
6 x 3 = 18 so 3 x 6 = 18 18 ÷ 3 = 6 18 ÷ 6 = 3
Another element of the second test is a series of one step and two step word problems. A one step word problem involves one calculation/number sentence to arrive at the answer. An example would be: –
There are 5 apples in a bag. How many apples would there be in 8 bags?
This requires the calculation 5 x 8 = 40 apples
A two-step word problem involves two calculations/number sentences to arrive at the answer. An example would be: –
There are 13 boys and 17 girls in a class. If they are put into groups of 5, how many groups would there be?
This requires the calculations 13 + 17 = 30 children
30 ÷ 5 = 6 groups
Once the first and second test is successfully completed, the child will move onto the next ‘planet’ or ‘super rocket.’ This is celebrated by the children and their teacher.
We launched the scheme in the Autumn of 2015 and we have seen great success so far. Children are enthused to learn their times tables and teachers have noticed an improvement in their tables knowledge and application.
Pupil Progress Record Sheets
- KS1 – Times table challenge 1 Planets 1 to 12
- KS1 – Times table challenge 2 Planets 13 to 25
- KS2 Times table challenge Rockets 1 to 16 with times
Planet Maths Resources
- Numicon shape numeral word cards 1 to 31
- Numicon Number Bonds to 10
- Adding Facts to 10
- Adding Facts to 20
- EYFS KS1 example tests for planets 13 – 19 – 20
- EYFS KS1 example tests for planets 21 – 25
- Example – Rocket 1 – 2x table
- Example – Rocket 4 – 2 5 10
- Example – Super rocket 5 word problems
Numeracy resources to support learning at home
Please click on the link to open a new page with a PDF of each resource.