The 99 Club
The 99 Club is a mental-oral starter at Thirsk Community Primary School which aims to raise standards in maths through encouraging pupils to improve their mental calculations when attempting quick-fire multiplication and division problems.
The idea is that with repeated practice, the scheme should result in increased speed and confidence when tackling mental maths problems without relying on written workings and methods.
All pupils will begin at the 11 Club and work their way up, having three opportunities per week during to answer all calculations at their current level unaided and within the allotted time of five minutes.
If all of the calculations are answered correctly, the child moves up to the next level!
The initial 11 Club involves eleven problems which involve doubling numbers up to ten ie. 5+5, 8+8. The 22 Club then adds eleven further questions involving repeated addition for numbers from one to ten ie. 3+3+3+3, 5+5+5+5+5, while the 33 Club begins to introduce times tables.
Division facts are added by the time a pupil reaches the 77 Club, and in the 88 Club and 99 Club, pupils will be tackling a range of mixed multiplication and division problems.
The full breakdown of The 99 Club levels is as follows:
11 Club - 11 questions involving doubling numbers from one to ten
22 Club - 22 questions involving repeated addition of numbers from one to ten
33 Club - 33 questions introducing the 2x, 3x, 5x and 10x tables
44 Club - 44 questions adding the 1x, 4x and 6x tables
55 Club - 55 questions adding the 7x and 8x tables
66 Club - 66 questions adding the 9x, 11x and 12x tables
77 Club - 77 questions consisting of inverse division facts
88 Club - 88 questions of mixed multiplication and division facts
99 Club - 99 questions of mixed multiplication and division facts
The ultimate challenge is to complete all 99 questions of the 99 Club unaided, with no errors and within five minutes!
The 99 Club is not designed for the Early Years Foundation Stage, but if staff feel that children are ready to attempt it, they will be given the opportunity to enter the 11 Club!
Sheets are available to download below for pupils to practise their level at home. You can support your child by finding out which level they are working at and helping them to practise the relevant times tables.
Some especially skilled mathematicians at Thirsk Community Primary may even make it on to the newly-introduced Bronze, Silver and even Gold Clubs which include over one hundred problems to complete in the five minute, including some very tricky maths involving squares, square roots and cubed numbers! Gosh!
Good luck, and keep practising!