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Does Your Child Know Their Times Tables?

Monday, January 4th, 2016

The Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has announced that all children leaving primary education must know their times tables inside out. Not just up to 10×10, but 12×12.

The DFE’s war on innumeracy will see year 6 children tested in new computer-style exams from next year on. This, on top of a new curriculum, will put further pressure on teachers and children alike who have yet another hoop to jump through.

Learning your times tables is an important time-saving skill, of course. Plus it’s an essential prerequisite for understanding division and algebra.

To help you master your times tables, here are some nifty ideas:

Times Tables Tips

Collect coins: Collect at least a dozen (if not two dozen) of 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins. Then make up your times tables…

Play cards: Remove the kings and aces, and attribute 11 to Jacks and 12 to the Queens, deal two cards at a time. Multiply the two to practise!

Get gaming: Learn by playing some of these fun, interactive games. Check out some of the fab iTunes apps out there which can help your child learn in the car on the way to school, or ten minute games here and there. Many are free like this one!

Maths Tuition to Help Your Child Achieve

Maths is a tricky subject which children often get in a muddle over. Luckily, our lovely private tutors across Manchester and Cheshire are on hand to help. Give us a call if your primary or secondary school child is struggling to get on top of their numeracy or literacy.