The 99 Club
The 99 Club is a mental-oral starter at St Margaret's CoE Junior 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!
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!
Our children LOVE the challenge of the 99 Club brings them!
Some especially skilled mathematicians at St Margaret's are even making it on to the newly-introduced Bronze, Silver and even Gold Clubs which include over one hundred problems to complete in the five minutes, including some very tricky problems involving squares, square roots and cubed numbers! Gosh!
You asked for it, and we listened! We are pleased to announce that the PLATINUM CLUB is now here to challenge only the most skilled of St Margaret's mathematicians who have mastered the Gold Club!
St Margaret's most gifted mental arithmetic maestros will now be facing their greatest challenge yet - 120 questions of exceptionally tricky teasers, introducing negative numbers, Roman numerals, BIDMAS, degrees in shapes, with even a spot of algebra thrown in as well! Yikes!
Who will be the first St Margaret's School pupil to complete this monster of a maths challenge in under five minutes?
Good luck, and keep practising!