Time Making Tips For Timestables

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Doing His Multiplication

Hanna Beech

Hanna Beech has been teaching for ten years and has a range of experience across Key Stages 1 and 2 in a large Primary School in Kent. She is a phase leader for Years 3 and 4, and also leads on teaching and learning for...
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How well do your pupils know their timetables?

Knowing your times tables is a maths non-negotiable for all pupils. Try these top tips for nailing times tables in your classroom.

1. Allocate time

Without regular dedicated time, learning of times tables will be limited, so if you’re serious about improving recall, get times tables timetabled!

2. Go slow to start

Pupils need to feel some level of success to be motivated so it might be necessary to slow the learning for children to feel like they’re ‘winning’. Ensure pupils understand what multiplication is.

3. Play, making practice enjoyable

Try using ‘Times Tables Rock Stars’ programme or ‘Hit the Button’ online games and videos. Use nine-sided die to generate multiplication sentences and play matching games or snap with questions and answers on cards. Why not try some concept cartoons and develop oracy? Get hands-on too!

4. Test regularly

Low-stakes testing can help pupils with retention and help teachers to evaluate learning for misconceptions.

5. Celebrate progress

Keep times tables high profile by acknowledging and praising pupils’ efforts and achievements towards their goals.

Top Tip

Learning times tables with rapid recall means pupils can apply knowledge to other areas of maths, strengthening their ability to solve problems. Find ways for pupils to extend practice by learning times tables at home.

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