Learning your times tables can help with a range of concepts in maths - not just a whole range of multiplication and division problems, but also doubling, halving, factors, fractions, prime numbers, squares and square roots of numbers... even the area and volume of shapes!
To be at age related expectations by the end of summer term, the National Curriculum states that children must be secure with:
Year 2 - the 2, 5 and 10 times tables
Year 3 - the 3, 4 and 8 times tables
Year 4 - all times tables up to 12 x 12
The 100 Club
The 100 Club encourages children to improve their mental calculations when attempting quick-fire multiplication and division problems. All children will begin at the 11 Club and work their way up, having an opportunity every Monday in the maths lesson to answer all calculations at their current level, unaided and within the allotted time of five minutes.
11 Club - 11 questions involving doubling numbers from one to ten
22 Club - 22 questions involving repeated addition of numbers
33 Club - 33 questions introducing the 2x, 3x, 5x and 10x tables
44 Club - 44 questions adding the 1x, 4x and 6x tables
55 Club - 55 questions adding the 7x and 8x tables
66 Club - 66 questions adding the 9x, 11x and 12x tables
77 Club - 77 questions consisting of inverse division facts
88 Club - 88 questions of mixed multiplication and division facts
99 Club - 99 questions of mixed multiplication and division facts
The ultimate challenge is to complete all 99 questions with no errors and within five minutes!
Sheets are available to download below for children to practise their level at home.
You can support your child by finding out which level they are working at and helping them to practise the relevant times tables.
Don't forget that there are a whole range of little tricks and sneaky shortcuts you can use if you are struggling with a particular times table. For instance, the 4x table is just double the 2x table, and the 8x table is just double the 4x table. The 6x table is just double the 3x table, the 12x table is just double the 6x table. If you need to times a number by 9, times it by 10 first and then just take away the multiple
eg. 10 x 6 = 60, so 9 x 6 would be 60 - 6, which equals 54.
Keep practising and good luck!
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