Times Tables

At Foxfield, times tables are taught weekly. Times tables are one of the foundations/building blocks of maths. Nearly 60% of GCSE topics could be traced to a root in times tables, which is why it is so important that our children have a secure knowledge of their times tables. Practising times tables also helps children to understand number and number relationships, and to see patterns in numbers. These skills will help them to master key concepts and move quickly through more complex maths problems with confidence.

When learning a new times table, it is important that the children can systematically build it together around the facts that they already know. The children are encouraged to represent a particular times table in a range of ways. This could include: arrays, repeated addition, groups or bar models. The children are given opportunities to make real-life links through questions like: What comes in groups of three?

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Each Year group has a particular times table that they focus on each term. By the end of Year 4, all children would have been exposed to all the times tables. Year 4 children now have to take a multiplication check. The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. 

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In each class, there is a multiplication table where the children can explore the particular timetables their year group is focusing on. Opportunities are given for the children to engage with the table, this could be through word problems, using concrete resources to manipulate and create their own representations of the times tables in the form of groups, arrays or bar models. A careful balance of conceptual and rote learning will ensure that all pupils are able to master their tables. 

In each class, there is a multiplication table where the children can

explore the particular timetables their year group is focusing on.

Opportunities are given for the children to engage with the table,

this could be through word problems, using concrete resources to

manipulate and create their own representations of the times tables

in the form of groups, arrays or bar models. A careful balance of

conceptual and rote learning will ensure that all pupils are able to

master their tables.

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https://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/31051/6/31051%20FIELD_Teaching,%20Learning%20and%20Understanding_2021.pdfTimes tables rock stars is a great tool to use at home for the pupils to practice their times tables; each child has their own individual details to log in, play and track their progress with: www.ttrs.com

Our practice around the teaching of times tables

was featured in the Mathematical Association for

Maths Journal, which you can read here:

https://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/31051/6/31051%20FIELD_

Teaching,%20Learning%20and%20Understanding_2021.pdf

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