Moseley are climbing the TT Rockstars leaderboard!
Well done to all of our amazing Times Table Rockstars! We have now climbed the TT Rockstars leaderboard of local schools from 6th place to 2nd place! To get to the top of the leaderboard will take a team effort to get the whole school practicing and playing regularly. We want to encourage all children to spend at least 5 minutes each day practicing their multiplication and division facts at home.
Times Table/Arithmetic Practice -
Every child in YR / KS1 has access to Numbots. Every child in KS2 has access to TT Rockstars. Your child should access this regularly to support their fluency and accuracy with number skills and their multiplication tables.
The following are the national curriculum expectations with regards to children learning their times tables:
- By the end of year R, all children need to learn their number bonds to 10,
- By the end of year 1, all children need to learn their number bonds to 10 and to 20.
- By the end of year 2, all children need to learn their 2x, 5x and 10x tables fluently.
- By the end of year 3, all children need to continue to practise their 2x, 5x and 10x tables but to also learn their 3x, 4x, 6x, 7x, 8x and 9x tables.
- By the end of year 4, all children need to consolidate their times tables and improve the speed of their recall and learn what the corresponding division facts are. For example, 7 x 6 = 42. Also 42 ÷ 7 = 6.
- Throughout Year 5 and 6, children need to practise and consolidate their knowledge of multiplication facts and the associated division skills – they need to maintain their speed and accuracy for both multiplication and division and then link this knowledge to areas such as finding fractions of amounts and working out percentages.
Learning multiplication tables and their related division facts are an important foundation for learning different aspects of mathematics such as division, algebra, long multiplication, area, perimeter, factors, multiples, prime numbers and fractions. For children that don’t have a solid grasp of the times tables, they may find these other areas to be hard to understand as well. We aim to support all children to develop fluency with multiplication and division facts so that these are embedded into their long term memory.
Once children have learned multiplication and division facts we provide regular retrieval opportunities to develop their automaticity with retrieving their knowledge quickly and accurately.
It is also incredibly important that children have depth of understanding. To achieve this depth, it is also essential that children are given the opportunity to see, explore, and understand the mathematical structures and patterns that lie beneath. Really knowing and being able to apply these facts (and their inverse - up to 12x12) means that working memory is freed up, leaving space to process and think more about new mathematical ideas. With this in mind, offering a range of activities and contexts to support practice and application of pupils’ growing knowledge of times table facts is crucial.