The quick recall of multiplication and division facts (times tables) is essential for all children. The ability to recall these facts quickly enables children to answer related questions with ease.
It is therefore important that we approach the teaching and testing of times tables in a similar and progressive format from Year 2 to Year 6.
According to the new National Curriculum 2014 the expectation of times tables in each Year Group is as follows:
Year 2: 2x, 5x, 10x
Year 3: 3x, 4x, 8x
Year 4: 6x, 7x, 9x, 11x, 12x
Year 5: All x and ÷ facts (12x12)
Year 6: All x and ÷ facts (12x12) and related language/symbols e.g. % and square root
There is also a Statutory Multiplication Times Table Check (MTC) administered to Year 4 which will take place in the Summer term. The test is completed in school electronically, where any times table fact up to 12 x 12 is generated randomly. During the test children are required to mentally recall the multiplication fact and type in the answer within a 6 second timeframe. The check takes no longer then 5 mins to answer 25 questions.
We will inform parents of Y4 with further information, but if you wish to know more please follow the links below.
We have decided to follow a Times Table Reward System building up the x tables in a methodical and progressive format, ensuring that facts are retained and revised along the journey.
These facts will be assessed through weekly tests, taken in a set time period of 5 minutes. Initially the tests contain 40 questions, extending to 60 questions when children are ‘Nearly there’ and the final test for the platinum award. Certificates are awarded when children complete each stage on the reward chart.
Children keep a folder with their progress chart and times table tests so that they can track their progress and know what they are working on.
When a child has completed to 12x12, they then move onto their Key Stage Extra Challenges where they will try to complete non-negotiable number facts for their Key Stage e.g dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 or equivalent fractions, decimal and percentages.
By working on a systematic approach to the times tables and with practise within school and at home, children will have a sound understanding and knowledge of the multiplication facts by the end of Year 4. These can then be applied to skills within calculation, problem solving and reasoning. Children will apply their understanding and knowledge of multiplication facts with more confidence, to more sophisticated multiplications e.g. 6000 x 40 etc. This should result in a greater confidence and ability in using multiplication facts and therefore raise attainment of children's work and results in weekly, termly, non-statutory and statutory testing of mathematics as a whole, throughout the school.
Homework – How you can help
It is expected that all children from Year 2 onwards practise the times table they are currently working on in preparation for the weekly Times Tables Tests which take place on Fridays.
Please note - these tests are designed to test times tables knowledge, rather than to teach it. There are many ways in which children can learn times tables - for example, playing games, quick-fire questions from an adult, chanting tables, writing the tables out and using songs, websites or apps (see suggestions at the bottom of the page). This learning needs to take place before the knowledge gained can be assessed in a test. This will be done in school but also needs to be done at home to support children’s retention.
Below you’ll find links to websites that have fun ways of practising times tables as well as supporting your child’s learning.
Interactive maths games and worksheets to support multiplication and division
A fun collection of maths games
Learn your multiplication tables
You may also decide that you would like to use the following website to test your child’s (or maybe your own speed) and knowledge. https://www.timestables.co.uk/speed-test/
Times table Rock Stars (TTRS)
To support the rapid recall of multiplication facts, at Ribchester St. Wilfrid’s we promote the use of using Times Table Rock Stars (TTRS). All children in Year 2 and beyond have been issued with a Times Table Rock Star login, which can be found in their Homework diaries. The order of the time tables is mirrored by the system used in school, and children can access practising the times tables which they are currently working on as well as those previously learnt.
Times Tables Tests
The complete set of weekly times tables is given below. If you would like to practise these at home, open the file, press F9 to generate a new test and then print. In this way you can generate an unlimited number of different tests for each area of learning.
The tests are given in the following order. The tests are not designed to be filled in electronically on your computer - they are to be printed out and filled in with a pencil.