5 Tips To Help Children Learn Their Times Tables

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These quick tips can be used at anytime, by anyone - in the car, on the way home from school, whilst cooking....

Before you start - which times tables and when?

As a guide:

Children in F2 - counting in 2's, 5's and 10's

Children in Yr1 and Yr2 (5-7 yrs old) - 2, 5 and 10 times tables

Children in Yr3 (7-8 yrs old) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8,10 times tables

Children in Yr 4 (8-9 yrs old) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 times tables

Tip 1

Chant the multiples of the times tables your child is learning e.g. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20.

Take it in turns to say the multiples e.g you say 2, child says 4, you say 6, child says 8 etc. Say it again, but this time the child starts.

See if you can say it faster or in different way e.g whisper, squeak, shout, robotic, slow motion.

Tip 2

Create a rhythmic pattern whilst saying the multiples.

 e.g. pat your thighs, clap your hands, then say 2 pat your thighs, clap your hands, then say 4 continue in this rhythmic way, all the way to 20

See if you can say it faster or in different way e.g whisper, squeak, shout, robotic, slow motion.

Tip 3

Use the same rhythmic pattern as above, but this times chants the whole times tables.

 e.g. whilst you pat your thighs, then clap your hands, then click your fingers say 'one twos are two' whilst you pat your thighs, then clap your hands, then click your fingers say 'two twos are four' continue in this rhythmic way, all the way to 'ten twos are twenty'

It may take some practice!

Take a look at our Times Tables Tests which you can purchase from our TMKed shop.

Tip 4

Fizz Buzz - Can be played with 2 or more people.

Choose a times table e.g 3x. Take it in turns to say the numbers with 1. The next person says '2', the next person says 'fizz' because 3 is in the 3 times tables, the next person says '4', the next person says '5', the next person says 'fizz' because 6 is in the 3 times tables and so on.

This game can be extended to 'Fizz Buzz', by choosing two different times tables, e.g. 3 and 5 times tables.
Again take turns to say the numbers in order, but if you have to say:

- a number in the 3 times tables, you say 'fizz'
- a number in the 5 times table, you say 'buzz'
- a number in the 3 and 5 times table, you say 'fizz buzz'

Tip 5

Try and teach divide in conjunction with multiplication.

Encourage your child to write out the times table they are learning in full. Get them to write out the times and then the divides.

 e.g. 1 x 2 = 2 2 ÷ 2 =1 2 x 2 = 4 4 ÷ 2 = 2 3 x 2 = 6 6 ÷ 2 = 3

Do you know any games or ideas that have worked well for you or your children?

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