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Times Tables

At SMCPA we realise the importance of children knowing their times tables. Times tables set the foundation for a child to learn more advanced mathematics later on and any child who falls behind with multiplication may have more trouble catching up later.

By the end of Y2, children are expected to be able to recall and use all of the multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. By the end of Y3, this should also include the 3, 4 and 8 times tables and by the end of Y4 children are expected to know all of their times tables (up to 12 x 12) and the related division facts. All children in KS2 complete a weekly tables test and those children who have mastered their times tables are encouraged to gain speed in recalling multiplication and division facts.

Each child has a Maths Passport which contains rapid recall targets including those for mastering the times tables. The children are challenged in the passports at a level that is appropriate for them. They progress at their own speed onto the next stage.

There are a number of ways that you can help your child to learn their times tables at home:

  • Download times tables sung to music, or even a rap
  • When you’re out and about, look for numbers everywhere and then ask your child times table related facts about them
  • Find out from your child’s teacher which times tables they are having trouble with
  • Make flashcards of the times tables at home with your child – set aside a time each day to sit down together and practice. Making the flashcards is also a learning exercise, since your child will need to know the answer to each multiplication problem before writing it on the back of the flashcard.
  • Enlist the aid of your family. Agree to ask each other random times tables throughout the day when your child is around to hear. Race to see who can answer the problem first. Your child will enjoy beating you and other family members to the answer.
Websites to go to:

www.multiplication.com – great interactive activities and plenty of other ideas of games to play

www.mathletics.co.uk – children login with their school login and the can listen to the Times Tables Toons