# Times Tables

In this section, I have explained the times tables tests we do in class and have added links to websites to help your child practise times tables and other maths at home.

Times Tables Tests

In the National Curriculum, times tables up to 12 x 12 are something which children are required to know and understand by Year 4.  In Birch Class, we have weekly tests to help us practise this.

How are we doing this?

Traditionally, times tables were learned in order; 1 x 3 = 3, 2 x 3 = 6.  However, this is not useful for the real life application of those times tables or for completing written multiplication or division.  Therefore, children will be tested in a random order of multiplication and division facts.

How does it work?

The tracker works via a set of awards which cover certain times tables (multiplication and division facts):

 Award Tables Tests (in order) - multiplication and division facts for: Total Tests Bronze 10, 5 10 / 5 / 5,10 3 Silver 2, 4, 8 2 / 4 / 8 / 5,10,2,4,8 4 Gold 3, 6, 9 3 / 6 / 9 / 5,10,2,4,8,3,6,9 4 Platinum 7 7 / All tables 1-10 2 Diamond 11, 12 11 / 12 / All tables 1-12 3

They need to know which times table they are working on so they can choose the correct options.  Tests will cover both the “Times by” and “Divide by” options and children should complete 40 questions correctly in 4 minutes.

What is a multiplication and division fact?

The multiplication and division facts for 3, 4 and 12 are:

3 x 4 = 12               4 x 3 = 12           12 ÷ 3 = 4               12 ÷  4 = 3

A child learning the 3 or 4 times tables will need to know all 4 facts.

What do children need to do?

• Practise the multiplication and division facts using flashcards, online games, repetition and other strategies.

• Complete the tests in class, usually on a Monday.

What can parents do to help?

• Help children to practise the multiplication and division facts, encouraging them to give quick responses.

• Celebrate when children complete awards.

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