In 2018, in line with the expectations of the National Curriculum, the Government introduced a pilot scheme of the times table test for students in Year 4.
At the end of Year 4, students are expected to know and recall all tables up to 12 x 12. Although some children find this easy, many struggle with grasping this important element of mathematics. By developing strategies to know these calculations it will allow the learner to tackle other maths questions with ease.
How to learn multiplication
Learning in this area can be done in many ways, from simple rote learning to more fun and interesting ways such as card games, musical jingles, bingo and other games.
Try using a variety of teaching methods and integrating multiplication into a learners daily life – it will allow them to embed this knowledge. By immersing the learner at both key stage 1 and key stage 2 it will provide an understanding that will last a life-time.
Below are a number of games and materials that will help with the teaching and learning of tables, whatever age the learner is.
Resources to help you
Use these multiplication materials in everyday life and you will be giving the learner more opportunity to grasp this new concept.
As a alternative to cards, there are posters and other visual tools.
Brilliant Books - mathematics for kids
The following books offer a structured way to learn times tables and progress the learner’s knowledge thus allowing them to succeed.