At Midfield, we recognise that fluency with times tables underpins mathematical understanding. Knowing your times tables will help you more easily grasp a wide variety of other concepts such as division, fractions, and percentages.
Below is an outline of 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 corresponding halves.
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.
Therefore, we would expect your child to know their 12 x 12 times tables before they leave Year 4, with Years 5 and 6 for consolidation and revision.
Which resources could help me teach my child?
A multiplication square, like the one shown below, can be useful for pattern spotting, for practice and for examining the inverse relationship between multiplication and division. For example, 9 x 8 = 72, therefore 72 ÷ 8 = 9 (This can be shown visually using the square).
At Midfield, we subscribe to the PiXL learning platform. This provides us and parents with access to a range of resources and Apps for home learning.
The Pixl times tables APP can support home learning of times tables by testing and tracking times table learning and performance. It also offers the opportunity to play games against other users in fast-paced competitions. We also celebrate practice, using the app, in weekly celebration assemblies.
www.timestables.co.uk includes interactive exercises and tests as well as test printouts.
Top Marks Age 5-7 and Top Marks Age 7-11 have a range of interactive games for both KS1 and KS2 to help develop the pace of times tables recall. ‘Hit The Button’ is popular and allows for quick-fire responses to develop speed of recall.
My child can recall all the facts to 12x12. What next?
- Check for fluency (that facts can be recalled quickly).
- Develop fluency with division facts. (If your child knows that 7 x 6 = 42, can they tell you that 42 ÷ 7 = 6 just as quickly?)
- Look at how this knowledge can help with larger calculations (e.g. 7 x 60 = 420)
- Encourage your child to think about how they might apply their times tables knowledge to real world or reasoning problems. The website http://nrich.maths.org can help with this.