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Times tables (Y2 onwards)


These are really important for supporting many areas of maths.  Your child will start learning these formally in Year 2 with the 2, 5 and 10 times table.  By the end of Year 4 they should know all of their tables to 12 x 12.


Ways to help your child learn their tables.

· Chant them:  Do this in different ways, start at different numbers or work backwards.


· Speed tables:  Your child can race against a friend, an adult or play alone against a clock.  As they write down their tables, encourage them to aim for ‘personal bests’. They can write them down either as 8 x 6 = 48 or by filling in a tables grid or use the one your teacher sends home.


· Bingo:  Make simple bingo cards in a 3 by 3 grid with multiples of numbers, for example, numbers from the 3 times table on them. Then you, as the caller, call out questions such as “four times three”, and whoever has 12 dabs it. The person who gets a full house is the caller on the next round.