Timestables

Across the academy, we place great emphasis on the teaching of times tables and the related division facts. It is a key skill for pupils to know their times tables, and to be able to recall and use them in different contexts.

Throughout each week, the children practise and use and apply their times table and division knowledge. We believe that it is important that children continue to practise their times tables at home, therefore we have created this leaflet to provide parents and carers with ideas which they could use at home to support their child with learning their tables.

We hope that you find it useful. If you would like any further advice or resources, please see your child’s class teacher.

 

Year band expectations – times tables and division facts

Year one – To be able to count in multiples of twos, fives and tens.                

Year two – To recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers. Division facts would include 10÷2=5 or 25÷5=25 for example.

Year three – To recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables.

Year four – To know and recall all times tables up to 12 x 12 and the related division facts.

Year five – To use known multiplication and division facts to calculate related facts e.g. 7 x 6 = 42 which means I can calculate 0.7 x 6 = 4.2 and 70 x 60 = 4200.

Year six – To use and apply all of the above in different contexts.

 

Useful times table websites:

Below is a list of useful websites/Apps containing numerous fun, educational games for your child to play at home to reinforce their knowledge and understanding of times tables.

Websites:

Apps:

  • Multiplication Pairs (Jamtec)
  • Multiply Wiz (Rocket Studio)
  • Abby Speed Math
  • Ace Kids Maths Word Problems
  • My Times Tables (Who Made This)
  • Fun Times Tables 2 x 2 = 4

 

Ideas for practising times tables with your child at home.

    1. Multiplication square

    A multiplication square can be used to identify multiples, revise times table facts, explore patterns and relationships and calculate division facts using the inverse.

    We have attached a multiplication square for use at home.

    1. Multiplication snap

    You will need a pack of cards for this game.

    Flip the cards over as if you are playing snap.

    The first person to say the fact based on the cards turned over (a 4 and a 6 = 24) gets the cards.

    The person with the most cards wins.

    1. Bingo

    This game needs two players.

    Make a grid of six squares on a piece of paper and ask your child to write a number in each square from their target times tables. Give them a tables fact related to the facts they are working on and if they have the answer, they can cross it off. The first person to mark all of their numbers off is the winner.

    1. Looking for patterns
  • Being able to spot patterns in numbers is an important skill, and it can also help with learning times tables. Children can investigate the following rules to see if they are true or false:
    • Odd number x odd number = odd number
    • Even number x even number = even number
    • Odd number x even number = even number
    1. Double, double
  • A trick for learning the four times table is to double, double. Double the number, and then double it again.

    E.g. 3 x 4 – double 3 is 6, double 6 is 12, so 3 x 4 = 12

    4 x 4 – double 4 is 8, double 8 is 16, so 4 x 4 = 16

    1. Tricky sixes

    Six times tables can be tricky to learn. One helpful trick is that in the 6 times tables, when you multiply an even number by 6, they both end in the same digit.

    E.g.

    2 x 6 = 12

    4 x 6 = 24

    6 x 6 = 36

    8 x 6 = 48

    1. Speed tables

    Timed challenges are a good way of helping your child to recall times tables rapidly. Some ideas for this include:

    • Time how long it takes to write out a times table, then try to beat the time.
    • Time your child to complete their times table homework tasks. Can they beat their time?
    • Race against people at home to recall their tables the quickest.
    • See how many multiples of their target times tables they can write down or say aloud in a given time limit.
  1. Times table tennis
  • Imagine you are playing tennis and bat the multiples of your child’s target times tables over the net. They could bat back the related division fact.
  1. Use times table in real life situations

Examples:

Saving 4p a day would lead to saving how much in a week, two weeks etc.

Sweets cost 12p each. How much would it cost for 8 sweets?

We need 8 chocolate bars which cost 10p each. How many can we buy with 80p?

  1. Beat your partner

Two players are needed for this game. The players stand back to back to each other. Ask the pair a question and whoever knows the answer turns around and shouts ‘gotcha’ followed by the answer. Their partner then says the related division fact.

  1. Body times tables

Children can use their bodies to learn their times tables. Decide on a physical movement that represents 1x, 2x, 3x etc. and the children can run through this routine as they chant their tables. For example, 1x could be tapping the left shoulder, 2x the right shoulder, 3x bending the right leg etc.

  1. Buzz

This games requires at least two players.

Choose a times table to focus on. The first person says 1, the second 2 and so on. However, if a person lands on a number which is a multiple of the times table, they must say buzz. If a person forgets to say buzz or says it at the wrong time, they are out.