Times tables are an essential part of Mathematics, particularly arithmetic. Being able to recall times tables quickly can help children to solve a wide range of both arithmetic and reasoning problems. They also allow children to move on more easy to other aspects of Mathematics including division, fractions, decimals, percentages and algebra. Children who know their times table facts will be able to answer questions more quickly and be able to focus on using other maths strategies in more complex problems rather than being slowed down by the multiplication. Knowing times tables can also increase confidence levels as this part of the question becomes easy. There will be a big focus on times tables this year in preparation for the Multiplication Check in Year Four.
Currently all children should be confident in recalling the 2,5 and 10 times tables.
This year we will be focussing on the 3,4 and 8 times tables. By the end of next year, children will be expected to be able to recall ALL times tables up to 12x12.
Please encourage your children to learn the times tables, below are some websites which can help.
More information on the Multiplication Check for Year Four pupils can be found here: