‘How can you help my child with their times tables?‘
This is probably the most common question I am asked from a lesson content point of view. We all know the stress that can be involved in learning those times tables and with the Multiplication Checker Test being introduced and rolled to children in Year 4, they are causing more worry than ever!
So what can I do to help?
I have a number of hints, tips and tricks to help your child learn their times tables. I teach them patterns, methods and songs to help them along the way. We practice by filling in the blanks, matching pairs and the child favourite, Time to Climb mission. Repetition is key to becoming fluent in times tables, so I encourage children to repeat the skill in a variety of ways. This keeps the learning fresh and provides them with endless opportunities to practice their skills.
Why are times tables important anyway?
Multiplication is one of the four operations that are the foundation of all mathematical concepts. Therefore, it is a core skill, by knowing their times tables your child will find calculating fractions, undertaking division, calculating area and mass, using BODMAS, understanding squared and cubed numbers and much much more far easier. This skill opens the door to releasing that inner mathematician. As a child becomes confident with their times table, they flourish in other areas of maths, as it is one less process for them to have to worry about.