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Learning Times Tables Facts

Knowing multiplication tables facts by heart will help children be more confident and accurate in maths, as long as they understand what these facts mean and why they are important!

We want times tables to be “once learned, stay learned”, so that children don’t revise them quickly for a test and then forget them, but instead can remember and use them effectively for the long term.

We take the time to explore each times table in class, looking for patterns and strategies to help the children learn it and giving further challenges to children who are already confident. We also revise each set of facts regularly and test occasionally to check on progress.

We really encourage you to help your child with learning and using their tables facts.
What order will my child learn their times tables – and why?

Directly relates to counting
Half 10x – relates to fingers and toes!
Even numbers
Double 2x or double, then double again
Double 4x
Lots of easy shortcuts/tricks
Hard – need to memorise lots of it as no obvious patterns!
Double 3x
Should just need to learn 7×7!
Easy pattern until 11x and 12x
Can split up the numbers

(eg 10 x 8 and 2 x 8)

How do I know if my child really “knows” a times table?

There are several steps on the way to really knowing each times table and you can celebrate each one with your child

·         Can they count up (eg 5, 10, 15, 20 etc)

·         Do they know all the table facts in order (eg 1 x 5 = 5, 2 x 5 = 10 etc)

·         Do they know all the table facts quickly in random order (eg 7 x 5 = 35)

·         Do they know all the related division facts quickly (eg 40 ÷ 8 = 5)

·         Do they know the facts for multiples of 10 (eg 30 x 7 = 210, 50 x 70 = 3500)
How can I help my child practice their times tables at home?

Make simple games – e.g. cut up strips of paper and write out the questions on one half and the answers on the other. See if your child can match them up. Time them and see if they can beat their record

If your child finds a particular fact difficult, for example 7 x 8 = 56, get them to stick it up so they see it often. You could also get them to say it in a silly voice every time they see it!

Use real-life situations. For example, putting two chocolate drops on each cupcake and asking, “If we made 8 cakes, how many chocolate drops do we need?”

Try saying them aloud in a rhythm as you come to school. Use the digits on e.g. car number plates or buses. Does your child know a linked tables fact?

How many questions can they answer in a minute? Try and beat their personal best.

Give them the answer and they have to give you the tables fact, eg for 64, they say ‘8 x 8’.
What’s the next challenge if my child is really confident with a times table?

·         Can they go further – eg 13 x 5, 14 x 5, 26 x 5? This will really help them to apply what they know.

·         How fast can they answer random questions? Can they keep beating their time?

·         Do they know division facts just as fast – eg 64 ÷ 8?

·         Do they know multiples of 10 and decimals – eg 0.2 x 6 or 20 x 60?


What good websites are there to help my child practice?

The MyMaths website has great games.

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There is a good list of links at