What times tables should my child be learning?
In the table below are the National Curriculum times tables expectations for each year group.
|Year 1||Count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10. Recall and use doubles of all numbers to 10 and
|Year 2||Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables.|
|Year 3||Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables.|
|Year 4||Recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 x 12.|
|Year 5||Revision of all times tables and division facts up to 12 x 12.|
|Year 6||Revision of all times tables and division facts up to 12 x 12.|
How can I help my child learn their times tables?
- A lot of learning the x tables is just repetition. Go over the times table again and again. Chant it, sing it, stamp your feet or bang a drum to it!
- Look out for patterns. What do you notice? For example the 5 times table always ends in 5 or 0 and the digits of the 11 times table are the same up to 10 times 11.
- Be detectives and find maths rules. Eg – are multiples of 6 always even? What do you notice about adding the digits of the 9 times table together (up to 10 times 9)?
- 10 is the key! The 10x table is perhaps the easiest, so use it to help with 9 times table and 11 times table of other numbers. Eg if we know that 10×7 is 70 then 11×7 must be 7 more or 9×7 must be 7 less.
- Recall the rhyme! ‘6 x 6 is 36’, ‘Seven 7s are 49’ etc…
- Time yourself. Can you get quicker at reciting your times table up to 12 x? Can you get quicker recalling number facts for your x table?
Are there any useful websites that will help in my child’s learning?
Yes, some good websites to support learning times-tables are:
Teach the Multiplication Tables to Your Child. This site gives more useful hints on how to approach times tables.
Multiplication.com A great resource-based site on how to teach multiplications. Contains a range of engaging multiplication games.
Interactive Times Tables Games
Another site with a range of enjoyable maths games.
My child can recall all facts to 12×12. What next?
Check for fluency – that facts can be recalled quickly. If so, look at how this knowledge can help with larger calculations- Eg 42×5.
Develop problem solving (such as real-life word problems) and reasoning skills, encouraging your child to think how they can apply the times tables knowledge. The website http://nrich.maths.org can help with this.
Comment below with any strategies you are finding helpful to learn your times-tables.