NumBots equips each pupil with the set of core maths skills they require by building their knowledge from the ground up - starting at the very beginning with subitising.
Once pupils can recognise small quantities of objects (“counting-without-counting”), they are asked to subitise two groups, presented together. The deliberate use of previous arrangements helps introduce the idea of numbers being partitioned, laying the foundation for number bonds.
Familiar pictorial representations (including bar models and cherries) raise the difficulty of questions without affecting pupils’ confidence. Pupils begin to explore abstract number problems within 10, and practice automating their responses to “one/two more/less than...” questions.
This natural mathematical progression from one concept to the next ensures pupils are fully prepared to move on, from adding and subtracting within 10, to bridging 10, to finally answering questions involving two-digit numbers. Number lines and hundred squares are then used to explain more sophisticated addition and subtraction strategies, such as partitioning and compensation.
Instant recall of key number facts must be built on a secure and genuine mathematical understanding in order for pupils to move forward and solve increasingly complex problems.
Our Story Mode is designed to develop pupils’ understanding of the relationship between different numbers and concepts, such as partitioning and the part-whole model. NumBots’ deliberate teaching-for-mastery approach has led to carefully sequenced and varied levels that ensure pupils fully grasp each essential new skill. As a result of methodically layering up the complexity, pupils maintain maths confidence and are primed to learn the next concept.
As well as cementing their understanding, pupils’ recall is also significantly boosted. While Story Mode is underpinned by best practice in memory formation - i.e. short, spaced practice sessions on interleaved material - the quick-fire questions and low-stakes quizzing in Challenge Mode enhances pupils’ retrieval of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts and improves the efficiency of their mental strategies.
Pupils are exposed to a variety of representations and question styles for each concept, from pseudo-concrete, to pictorial, to abstract. This depth-before-breadth approach allows pupils to build up connections between key concepts and ideas, while the visual representations help to create mental models for more advanced questions.
Minimal changes are made to questions from one level to the next, slightly shifting what pupils are concentrating on and gradually increasing the level of demand. The sequenced, unlockable levels prevent pupils from moving ahead until they have fully understood the current concept and grasped the skills they need to confidently tackle the next challenge.
Within a level we keep the majority of each question the same, only varying a single element that we want pupils to focus on. By fixing certain common elements we reveal the underlying structure, helping pupils to recognise what is fundamental in order to select an efficient mental strategy.
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During the registration process, our system will recognise if your school already uses TT Rock Stars, meaning that users can login with the same details.
Invite colleagues to join the school's Maths Circle account and easily generate log in details for each pupil by uploading a single spreadsheet via out Pupil Uploader.
School using TT Rock Stars will have their classes set up already.
When they initially log in, pupils choose their own Bot before launching into 'Story' and 'Challenge' modes, where our algorithm takes care of their learning.
For most effective practice, we suggest playing for at leat 3 minutes a day, 4 or 5 times a week - at home or at school.
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