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Times Tables – Why are they so important?

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Times Tables

We all have learnt and memorized Times Tables in our school days. However, as a Parent it’s important to understand why is learning Times Tables is important for children and when should children learn which Times Tables. Many schools in the early years teach times tables as a number series e.g. time table of 2 is 2,4,6,8,10….. Although this may seem to be an easier approach, it’s important that children remember these as facts. E.g. 2 X 5. So rather than counting with fingers 5 times the children should recall immediately that 2 X 5 = 10. This is very key and sometimes many children don’t get rid of the habit of counting with their fingers, which can cause a problem with mental maths in later years. As a result children loose confidence in Maths and start disliking the subject. 

On the other hand, if children start learning the times tables as facts and memorize them, they can do many calculations faster and easier mentally and develop a greater tendency to do well in maths which improves their self-confidence.

When should children learn times tables?

This can vary depending upon schools and the capability of children. However, it’s important to start in the right sequence. During Reception children should start with 2 Times Table and continue further on 5 and 10 times table in Year 1 and Year 2.  The important thing to remember here is that it’s not just multiplication, it helps in division as well as doubles and halves.

In late KS1 or at the start of Year 3 children should start with 3,4,6,8 times table. To learn timetable 4, children can use 2 times table, so to get 4 X 6 they can double the answer of 2 X 6. Same applies to 6 times table which children can learn based on 3 times table. And a further they can use 4 times table to learn 8 times table. Once children become confident on times tables 3,4,6,8 then times tables, they can start 7,9,11 and 12 times tables. 



Multiplication Tables Check (MTC)

It’s important to note that the multiplication tables check (MTC) is statutory for all year 4 pupils registered at state-funded maintained schools, special schools or academies (including free schools) in England. Form more information please see the link.


Our Times Table course is designed based on adaptive learning and automatically adjusts to flow of the course based on how children perform. So, e.g. if a children is already fluent on 2,5,10 times tables then he/she can just take the test and doesn’t have to go through all the practice lessons/quizzes and worksheets. For the times table which are new to child, he/she can take the practice quizzes unlimited number of times. For each attempt the children collect stars, which motivates them and brings excitement in their learning journey . As they improve further there are motivation messages, which keeps them engages as they move to the next times tables. At each milestone i.e set of 3-4 times table they get badges on a successful pass on a Test. Passing score is 95%. 

We also understand that children just don’t practice online, they also need to practice times tables offline on paper. We provide practice sheets as part of quiz materials. With printable sheets, Children develop good writing skills, and practice away from screen as well.


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