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Whitstable Junior School

Whitstable Junior School

Learning today for life tomorrow


X Factor!

The children at WJS are keen mathematicians, who love to challenge themselves to see how fluent they are. In addition to this, the teachers are passionate about ensuring that the fundamental mathematical basics , such as times-tables facts, are known thoroughly.

So every old term, we hold a Times -Table Mastermind competition to celebrate their achievements and knowledge.

Prior to the big day, each class prepares by practising their target times-tables every day; through use of flashcards, year 6 peer mentoring support, maths lessons, weekly tests and homework related tasks. Once they are confident that they know all of the facts up to 12 x 12, they can be tested to see who can answer the most facts in 1 minute. 

The winner from each class was then selected to take part in the big day, competing against the other children in year 4,5 and 6- year 3 will take part in term 4. 

During the last week of term 2, we held our X-Factor competition, where each of the class champions went head to head  to see who could answer the most Times Table facts in a specific time (3minutes for year 3, 2 minutes for year 4 and 1 minute for Upper school). Their determination, courage and confidence was clear as they answered every question under the pressure of a supportive audience and the ticking clock.

So it is with great pride and admiration that I can reveal our Mastermind X-Factor winners for term 2 are Freddie Sharman (for Lower School who answered 50 correct in 2 minutes) and Alex Elliott (for Upper School who answered 38 correct in 1 minute). An absolutely amazing achievement. Well Done. We will be back in Term4 to see if they can hold on to their titles.