The 99 Club
The 99 Club is a brand new scheme at Pencoys Primary School which aims to raise standards in maths through encouraging pupils to improve their mental calculations when attempting quick-fire addition, subtraction, 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 KS1 and KS2 pupils (years 1-6) will take part in the 99 Club. They will have one opportunity per week to answer all calculations at their current level unaided and within the allotted time of ten minutes for 11-88 club and 5 minutes for 99 club. If all of the calculations are answered correctly, the child can move up to the next level! Children are able to opt out of taking the test if they wish but only once a fortnight.
The initial 11 Club involves eleven problems which involve adding 2 single digit numbers ie. 5+4, 1+9. The 22 Club and 33 Club then adds eleven further questions each and will be a mixture of addition and subtraction sums.
The 44 club begins to introduce the times tables. Division facts are added by the time a pupil reaches the 77 Club, and from the 77 Club onwards, 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 adding 2 single digit numbers.
22 Club: 22 questions involving addition and subtraction sums up to 20.
33 Club: 33 questions involving addition and subtraction sums up to 20.
44 Club: 44 questions of addition to 20, 2x, 5x, 10x times tables.
55 Club: 55 questions of 2x, 5x, 10x, 3x, 4x, 6x times tables.
66 Club: 66 questions of 2x, 5x, 10x, 3x, 4x, 6x, 7x, 8x, 9x times tables.
77 Club: 77 questions of mixed multiplication and division facts.
88 Club: 88 questions of mixed multiplication and division facts.
99 Club: 99 questions of mixed multiplication and division facts (in 5 minutes).
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 Foundation Stage, but if staff feel that children are ready to attempt it, they will be given the opportunity to enter the 11 Club!
Practice sheets are available to download below. You can support your child by finding out which level they are working at and helping them to practise the relevant times tables. There are lots of fun websites, games and apps that you can use to help your child learn their timetables as well as Sumdog which all children, from years 1 – 6, have a login for.
Pupils even have the opportunity to go beyond the 99 club and progress to the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Diamond Clubs!
As each child achieves each level they will receive a badge, which has been designed for our school. When the child achieves the next level they need to exchange it for the next level badge. For example, a child who has previously achieved the 44 club and then achieves the 55 club will return their 44 badge and gain a 55 badge. Alternatively, if children want to keep the badge they can be bought for 50p.
If you have any further questions or queries about the 99 Club or Maths in general at Pencoys Primary School, then please do not hesitate to come and speak to me.
Mr Buck (Year 6 teacher and Maths Lead)
99 Club Practice Sheets
If you would like to practice at home, these sheets are available to download.
Simply click below to download: