The 99 Club is a mental-oral starter at St Columba C of E 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 one opportunity per week during the start of one of their maths lessons 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 twice in a row, the child moves up to the next level, earning a special badge for each level they complete!
The full breakdown of The 99 Club levels is as follows:
11 Club - 11 questions involving doubling numbers from one to ten – dark green badge.
22 Club - 22 questions introducing the 2x, 5x and 10x tables – navy blue badge.
33 Club - 33 questions adding the 3x and 4x tables – red badge.
44 Club - 44 questions adding the 6x and 8x tables – yellow badge.
55 Club - 55 questions adding the 7x and 9x tables – purple badge.
66 Club - 66 questions adding the 11x and 12x tables – pink badge.
77 Club - 77 questions of mixed multiplication and division facts – orange badge.
88 Club - 88 questions of mixed multiplication and division facts – light green badge.
99 Club - 99 questions of mixed multiplication and division facts – burgundy badge.
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! 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. Staff and parents are of course welcome to have a go too! Some especially skilled mathematicians at St Columba are even making it on to the newly-introduced 144 (white badge) and 169 Clubs (medal!) which include over one hundred problems to complete in the five minutes, including some very tricky problems involving squares, square roots and cubed numbers! Good luck, and keep practising!