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Times Tables

Times tables are really important to us in Year 4! Ahead of the Multiplication Tables Check in June we do lots and lots of learning and practice at school. It would really support us if you can practice as much as possible at home too. Every child has a set of times table facts they are working on, according to their TTRS heatmap. We also have a focus table for the class which we practice at school. There are lots of other websites you can use to help you practice your tables, as well as TTRS. Although TTRS is part of the homework, we encourage children to go on every day and practice for a short amount of time. Little and often is more effective than just once a week. 

 

If you would like any support with times tables, or accessing TTRS, please speak to Ms Smith or Mr Shipley who would be happy to help. 

What is Times Tables Rock Stars?

Other online times tables games:

Games you can play at home:

 

Multiplication Snap 1

You will need a pack of cards for this game. Flip over the cards as if you are playing snap. The first person to say the fact based on the cards turned over (a 2 and a 3 = 6) gets the cards. The person who has the most cards at the end is the winner.

 

Multiplication Snap 2

Take a pack of playing cards and remove all the picture cards including the aces. Then shuffle the pack and split it into 2 piles - one for you and one for your child. Choose a times table to work with e.g. 5 x table. Like Snap, each person deals a card and the learner has to work out 5 x the number dealt. If they get it right they keep the card, if they get it wrong the dealer gets to keep them. When you are taking your turn, ask the child if you have got the answer right. You could try giving an incorrect answer to test their knowledge! In order to speed up the recall of times tables, you can also introduce a speed requirement e.g. gradually decrease the answer time when the learner is ready, for example, “Answer before 5/3 seconds or the dealer wins!” Alternatively, each player can deal a card at the same time and players can take it in turns to multiply the numbers together. You can also remove some "easier" cards (e.g. 2, 3, 5,10) from the pack if you want to focus on the harder times tables. If you want to extend the activity, use the Jack card as 11 and the Queen card as 12 to introduce the 11 and 12 times tables.

 

Times Table Games with Dice

Practice tables up to 6x6 using two normal dice. Throw the dice and ask the learner to multiply the numbers together. This activity can be extended up to the 10 x table using a 10 sided dice. In order to improve the speed of recall, roll the dice quickly and gradually reduce the time allowed so that answers are given within a couple of seconds.

 

Fizz Buzz

Fizz Buzz can be played during situations like a car journey or when out on a walk. The idea is to choose two times tables, e.g. the 3’s and the 5’s. Within your group, take it in turns to start counting and when you come to a number from the 3 times table say FIZZ. When you come to a number from the five times table say BUZZ eg: 1, 2, FIZZ, 4, BUZZ, FIZZ, 7, 8, FIZZ, BUZZ, 11, FIZZ, 13, 14, FIZZ BUZZ, 16 This game can be practiced with any combination of times tables. Buzz (simplified version of Fizz Buzz) Choose one times table and play Buzz – saying Buzz instead of the multiples of the times table you are using. If a player forgets to say Buzz or says it at the wrong time, he or she is out. Continue until the players reaches the last multiple of the number times 10.

 

Hands Up!

This is a game for two players. This is played like ‘rock, paper, scissors’ but with numbers. Two players count to 3 and then make a number using their fingers. Both players then have to multiply both numbers together. The one who says the answer quickest is the winner.

 

Rhymes/ Mnemonics

Silly rhymes can help children to learn tricky times tables facts. Your child can make up their own for add fun. e.g. 8 x 8 = 64 He ate and ate and was sick on the floor, eight times eight is 64 OR I ate and ate till I fell on the floor!” 8×8 is 64 7 x 7 = 49 Seven times seven is like a rhyme, it all adds up to 49. 4. One less = nine This is a strategy for learning the 9 times tables. The key is that for any answer in the nine times tables, both digits in the answer add up to 9. E.g. Subtract 1 from the number you are multiplying so if its 7 x 9, one less that 7 is 6. This number becomes the first number in the answer so 7 x 9 = 6_. The two numbers in the answer add up to 9, so if the first digit is 6, the second digit is 3 because 6 + 3 = 9. Bingo This game will need two players. Make a grid of six squares on a piece of paper and ask your child to write a number in each square from their target tables. Give them a question and if they have the answer they can cross it off. The first person to mark all their numbers off is the winner.

 

Speed tables

Time challenges can be a good way of helping times tables become automatic. Some ideas include: • Time how long it takes to write out a times table, then try to beat that time. • See how many times table facts from the target times tables can be written in one minute. • Races against other people at home.

 

Flashcards

Create your own times tables flashcards. Write the question on the front and the answer on the back, this way the child can use them on their own and check the answers on the back.

 

Move It!

Children can use their bodies to learn their tables! Decide on a physical movement that represents 1x…., 2x….,3x… etc and the children then run through this routine as they chant their tables. E.g. 1x…could be the left shoulder up, 2x… the right shoulder up, 3x…, the left shoulder down, 4x…the right shoulder down, 5x…. stretch the arms out in front and wiggle the fingers! Etc.

 

Beat your partner

Your topic could be a multiplication table. Two players needed. They stand with their backs to each other. Ask the pair a question - whoever knows the answer s/he turns around, gives the answer. The winner can then choose somebody else to play against. This is a good way of practising multiplication facts and can be differentiated to suit the children that are playing each question.

 

Record it

Make a recording of you saying the times tables to help your child learn. You can even have your child do it on their own as they may learn faster if they hear their own voice.

 

Times Tables Table Tennis

Each player holds a tennis bat that is imaginary aiming to get to the next number in the times tables before striking the imaginary ball.

 

Look for patterns

Being able to spot patterns in numbers is an important skill and can also help with learning times tables. Children can investigate the following rules: Odd number x odd number = odd number (E.g. 3 x 5 = 15) Even number x even number = even number (E.g. 4 x 6 = 24) Odd number x even number = even number (E.g. 3 x 6 = 18)

 

Tricky Sixes

Six times tables can be difficult to learn. One trick is that in the 6 times tables, when you multiply an even number by 6, they both end in the same digit. 2 x 6 = 12, 4 x 6 = 24, 6 x 6 = 36, 8 x 6 = 48

 

Double, double

A trick for learning the four times tables is to double, double. Double the number, and then double it again. E.g. 3 x 4 double 3 is 6, double 6 is 12 so 3 x 4 = 12.

 

Bring in real life situations

For examples, saving 4p every day would lead to saving how much in a week. Try using objects such as sweets to help your child visualize the times tables and see what they really mean.

 

We hope you have fun together learning the times tables. Pease ask your teacher if you require more support or advice.

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