This week we have launched a ‘Times Table Bee.’ This aims to encourage the children to learn their times table (multiplication) facts which help children in so many areas of maths. Class champions will compete against their rivals, on stage, to challenge for the title of ‘Dunalley’s Champion Maths Mind’ for their year group!
The first Bee will take place in the week of 5th February.
Why does my child need to memorise the times tables?
Times tables are the building blocks for other maths topics taught in school. Higher learning such as division, long multiplication, fractions and later algebra all need multiplication facts knowledge and recall so it is very important in making overall maths progress in Key Stage 2.
The National expectation is that by the end of Year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12x multiplication table and show precision and fluency in their work.
Each year group has its own expectations.
· End of Year 2 – the 2, 5 and 10 x tables
· End of Year 3 – the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 x tables
· End of Year 4 onwards – All x tables up to 12 x 12
It is important to review all facts occasionally to make sure they have been retained in long-term memory. Music, stories and visual associations can help with retention.
Useful Websites and multiplication games
There are some helpful practice materials on the school website.
How will the competition work?
Over the course of the next few weeks the teacher will be regularly setting challenges, questions and mini – competitions around times tables in order that the children are prepared for the Bee.
We hope you find this information useful and look forward to announcing our 2018 Tables Champions!
Thank you for your support.