In class 3 we have a focus on learning times tables as they underpin many different areas of maths and having a good grasp of these key facts is crucial to making good progress.
Children are expected to know ALL MULTIPLICATION FACTS WITH RAPID RECALL UP TO 12X12 BY THE END OF YR4.
There is a statutory Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) in June for all Yr4s. The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided.
Rapid recall involves children KNOWING the facts and answering within 6 seconds rather than working them out or counting up in order to answer.
Tables should be learnt in the following in order:
2x, 5x, 10x, 3x, 4x, 8x, 6x, 9x, 7x, 11x, 12x
As children secure a set of facts, the next set should be ADDED to it so that any previous facts aren’t forgotten but are maintained alongside the new learning.
Children should learn that multiplication is commutative (can be done in any order eg. 3x5 is the same as 5x3). Armed with this knowledge, there will be very few facts in the last sets of times tables to learn as children will have secured them already.
Children should be learning their multiplication facts at home as well as at school. A good model would be to spread the learning over a week in short bursts. This could be 5 or 10 mins a day over 4 or 5 days of the week for example.
Children may choose how they want to learn:
- A weekly Sumdog multiplication task will be set by school on a Thursday
- Learn through song
- Play online games
- Print off worksheets or write facts down
- Recite or chant facts
- Any other creative ideas you have! J
Evidence of home learning will be welcomed in school but is not compulsory.
Children will be tested at regular intervals in school to check retention of multiplication facts.
Helpful Websites & Resources:
Ttrockstars.com there is a small fee for this app currently £7.20 per year for up to 3 child accounts
You Tube Search: 'Laugh along and learn multiplication songs'. These are fun videos to help children to learn different times tables that are set to well known pop songs.