At the end of the Autumn term, we reviewed the achievement levels of the Times Tables Grand Prix for all KS2 children. There seems to have been quite a slow start to children achieving not only their first certificate but the progression from there on. Being able to quickly recall your times tables and inversion of those tables, i.e. division, is paramount to your child’s progress through all aspects of mathematics.
By the time your child has reached the end of year 4, they should be able to recall their times tables from 2x through the 12x at speed – this is a minimum requirement of the National Curriculum. You will have received a leaflet at the start of this year on National Curriculum expectations – please click here to review this again.
The Times Table Grand Prix achievement table for the KS2 classes so far this academic year is as follows:
|Class||No. of children in class||Bronze||Silver||Gold||Platinum||Diamond|
If you need to refresh your memory as to which times tables are required to be known for which level of achievement, please see below for the full information and guidance which was published on the website earlier this academic year.
The children are tested on their times tables every week. An example of the test format that they are given in class can be seen by clicking on the link below.
There are lots of ways you can help your child learn their times tables and division at home or even when you’re out and about, for example you may see a sign with a number on it…..multiply or divide it by the number facts your child is currently working towards; or you could play guess the missing number, for example 5 x ? = 50. There are lots of games you can make up from the things around you.
There are also many website games and tasks that your child can play, please see a few example links below:
We have also come across some pop songs on YouTube where the lyrics have been adapted to learning times tables, see the link below for an example of 3x table:
There are plenty more examples on YouTube, just use the search term ‘times tables song’.
Hopefully the above will give you some ideas on how to help support your child at home.