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Supporting your child with their Times Tables

Supporting your child wih their Times Tables

Dear Parents,

During our Numeracy lessons this term we have noticed that many of the children in the Phase do not know their times tables. By the end of Year 3 we would expect all of the children to know their x2, x3, x4, x5 and x10, with x6, x7, x8 and x9 being learnt by the end of Year 4. We have reinforced the need for the children to learn their times tables as it underlies many of the concepts we cover in numeracy. This can often be the reason why children struggle with their written calculations.

In class we will be focusing on learning the times tables with Times Table challenges taking place during the week. To help support the children we have put together a few handy hints and a collection of websites, which can also be accessed via the Year 3 and Year 4 pages on the school website ( We hope this will encourage the children to spend short period of time at home each day practicing. I know that I learnt my times tables whilst my mum peeled potatoes in the kitchen!

Thank you in advance of your support. Please feel free to meet with your child’s teacher if you have any particular concern.

Mr. Gray and the Lower Junior Team.

Perfect practice (it only needs to be a couple of minutes)

Walking to school * Going on a journey * Going up/down the stairs (answering a question to go up or down) * Before taking a biscuit out of the jar! * While helping set the table/collect the dishes * Sitting in the bath * Just before going to bed *

Top Tips

Learn the tables by remembering the pattern (not just 2, 4, 6, 8 but 1 x 2 = 2, 2 x 2 = 4, 3 x 2 = 6) * Say the tables aloud * Learn the tables in random order * Use the x2 to learn x4 and the x3 to learn the x6 (simply miss one out each time) * Use your fingers * Think of patterns * Learn sayings and rhymes e.g. I ate and I ate until I was sick on the floor (8 x 8 = 64) * Ask for a Timetables book from Father Christmas*

Wonderful Websites

(All can be accessed via the Y3 and Y4 page at

Woodlands Junior School – Interactive games

Woodlands Junior School – Practice quizzes

Maths Games – Interactive games

Mad 4 Maths – Interactive games

CrickWeb – Interactive Games

Awesome Apps

Free apps for Apple devices (iPad or iPhone)

‘Times table cloud click game’ * ‘100 squares calc’ * ‘Multiplication genius’ * ‘Times tables for kids: Practice and test’ * ‘Maths for kids’

Free apps for Android devices (tablet or phone)

‘Times table game’ * ‘Times table Guru’ * ‘Challenging timestable’ * ‘King of Timestable’ * ‘Multiplication table’

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