The Glyn Learning Foundation


STAR Targets

What are STAR targets?
Number Star is aimed at all pupils from early KS1 through to the end of KS2; though it can, if appropriate, be started in Reception.

The aims of the scheme are:
- To increase pupil motivation to learn number bonds, tables, measure facts and the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages
- To develop mental agility and accuracy;
- To monitor the progression of learning in the identified areas of maths.

There are 17 progressive tests, from Star 1 to Diamond. The objectives tested in each badge are outlined.

How does the scheme work?
For pupils arriving new to the school in KS2, an appropriate entry level is selected by their class teacher. For EYFS/KS1, children begin at Star 1. Every 4 – 5 weeks, children sit the test for their current STAR (see testing information below). If they pass, they progress to the next STAR. If they do not pass, they remain on the same STAR and re-sit the test on the next whole school test date.

The scheme is in effect across the whole school. At the end of each year, your child’s current STAR will be passed up to their next teacher.

How are children prepared for a STAR test?
- For each new STAR, children should be given a letter to give to parents outlining the skills and objectives of the STAR. This should be stuck in the pupil’s homework book. The letters can also be found on the ‘Maths’ section of the Danetree website.

- In class, teachers will use the time allocated for Mental Maths to help children develop the skills they will need to pass STAR targets (for example, multiplication tables).

- Teachers will encourage children to practise skills for the test at home. MyMaths has a range of activities and games which will help develop mental maths skills: all children can access this site with their own personal logon. Please speak to your child’s teacher if you would like any guidance in using the site, or specific advice in preparing your child for their next test.

Children may take a test any number of times. For KS2 classes, test dates are selected by the Maths Leader and will be publicised via Parentmail and through newsletters. For EYFS/KS1, test arrangements will be decided by the phase leader.

There is no expectation that the children have to pass a new star on each test date: the test challenges children by demanding accuracy under time limits. The maths teacher will log the child’s score on each test date.

The time allowed for each test is written at the top of each paper. In order to achieve the badge children must complete the test in that time.

How do we celebrate STAR targets?
Each class in KS2 will display STARS within the classroom. A tracking sheet in the back of your child’s Maths book is signed by the teacher each time a new STAR is achieved.  

Certificates will be given out in assembly, and other rewards (stickers) will be given to teachers to distribute to pupils.

Pupils also have a tracking page in their Learning Diary to record STAR passes.

Useful Links and Resources
This link takes you to the Department for Education’s programmes of study for Mathematics at Key Stage One and Key Stage Two
This site has some fun interactive games to help your child practise their times tables. ‘Hit the Button’ is a particular favourite!
‘Starter of the Day’ features a different mathematical problem for each day of the year. These are great for developing problem solving/logical skills.
Interactive resources and games to support all areas of Maths.
Some good free resources, including a maths dictionary.
Nrich provides high quality mathematical problems. The difficulty is indicated by the number of stars. Some are interactive but others require printing.
This site has PDF links to previous SATS papers. These are useful for your reference, but please avoid completing recent years’ practise papers with your child as we use these as part of Maths lessons.
An exciting ‘mental maths mission’!
Interactive games and links to external sites.