As you may be aware, the Government are introducing a Multiplication test for Year 6 pupils in 2017. They are trialling it with some schools this year, of which we may be one. They want all pupils to instantly recall multiplication facts up to 12 X 12 by the time they leave primary school. We are confident that knowledge of multiplication and division facts among pupils in the school is generally good, but it is something that could be further improved.
Recalling multiplication and division facts by heart is one of the most important aspects of maths your child can learn. A study, published by Ofsted, says pupils without instant recall of multiplication tables struggle in maths. There are many areas of maths where recall of multiplication and division facts is needed. Some of these are: Finding areas and volumes, finding averages, formal methods of X and ÷, ratio and proportion and algebra.
In the KS2 SATs 49% of marks require knowledge of multiplication and division facts.
To develop a good recall of these number facts, pupils need to be practising regularly at home as well as in school. We would value your support. As well as traditional methods, such as learning by rote and quick-fire questions, there are now many websites that make learning these facts more enjoyable. Below are some websites that may help.
|You can choose any X tables to do as well as a mix. You can see if your time improves each time you do it.||http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/ma13tabl-game-tables-grid-find|
|Hit the Button – Lots of options. Allows you to practise division facts and square numbers always as multiplication facts up to 10×10. Allows mixed tables.||http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button|
|To challenge those who have a good understanding already. This has questions like: 18 x __ = 126||http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?a=activity12|
|A fish game where you can choose any X to do:||http://www.what2learn.com/home/examgames/maths/subtraction/|