St John's C of E Primary School

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Times Tables

Times tables are taught explicitly so that children achieve the objective of knowing all multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 4 (see times table progression document). Children who are fluent in their times tables find accessing more advanced topics such as fractions, percentages and ratio much easier. Timestable Rockstars ( is a website and app that supports us with this. If your child is in Year 2 upwards, they should know how to log on – please see the teacher if they cannot. 

TOP TIPS for parents


There are many different ways to say the tables and they're all correct - but it helps if you're consistent and if you adopt the language your child already uses at school. For example we have:

*  three times eight is …

*  three multiplied by eight is …

*  three eights are …

*  three lots of eight are …


What are the methods for learning tables?

* Stick to learning one times table at a time.

* Start with chanting and writing them out slowly in order.

* Then move on to completing the answers quickly in order - on paper or verbally with your child.

* Finally, move on to completing the answers in any order

* Keep reminding your child that 3 x 4 is the same as 4 x 3 - this effectively halves the number of tables facts.

* Each times table has a square number 3x3, 7x7 - these are special and can help you remember.

* Talk about the numbers as you encounter them "5 x 8 = 40 that's mummy's age" , "3 x 6 = 18 that's our house number" . . . this makes more memory hooks.

* When you're trying to speed up recalling tables introduce some games.

* Games in the car usually work – your child can’t escape!!


What are the tips and tricks for learning each times table?

* The 2s, 4s and 8 times tables are doubles of each other - with many common answers - 2x8=16, 4x4=16, 8x2 =16.

* The nine times tables can use the ten times tables and work back or compensate - so for 5 x 9, think ( 5 x 10 ) = 50 then - 5 = 45, also note that the digits in the answer always add to 9.

*  The 3 and 6 times table are tricky. Do the 3s first then the 6s - expect these to be more difficult and make an allowance in time.

* The 7 times tables are hard but if you've done the other tables first you'll find you've encountered most of the 7s already elsewhere - such as 7x4=28, 7x3=21

* 7x8=56 is the hardest times table! - but tell this to your child and make a big deal about it and they'll never forget it