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**Helping your child meet their termly maths target**

Autumn Times tables – recalling multiplication and division facts A booklet for parents Swaffield PRIMARY SCHOOL

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**Fun ideas for practising multiplication and division facts at home**

Times tables Bingo Write six multiples of one of your child's target times table in a bingo grid. Shuffle a set of cards marked 1 to 10 and place them in a pile face down. Turn over the top card and multiply it by your target number. For example, you are working on the multiples of 5 (target number) and you turn over a card showing 6. 5 multiplied by 6 = 30, so if you have 30 on your board you can cross it out. The winner is the person who crosses out all their numbers first! Rap or song Make up a rap or a song to help your child remember a times table, or specific fact, which they struggling to remember. Beat the calculator In pairs, one with a calculator, one without, each works out the answer to a calculation aiming for the one without the calculator to say the answer first! Multiplication Grid Complete as much of a multiplication grid as you can, focusing on those that are your child’s target. Once your child can do them all, they can start timing themselves, keeping a record of their best time. Completed multiplication on final page of this booklet. Poster Create a poster of their target times table and use it to practise with. Snap Cards Make a set of cards, some with multiplication and/or division questions on, and others with the answers. Use the cards to play snap or pairs! What’s the question? The answer is 24, ‘What’s the multiplication question?’ 12 x 2, 2 x 12, 4 x 6, 6 x 4, 8 x 3 or 3 x 8. My answer is 8, ‘What’s the division question?’ 16 ÷ 2, 80 ÷10, 64 ÷ 8. Make it harder by children only being able to answer using facts on their target times tables. Turn the tables You need a pack of cards with picture cards removed. Choose one of your child’s target times tables such as the 7 times table. Share them out between the two players. Together turn over the top card from each players’s piles. Put them together to make a double digit number. Is the number in your chosen table? If so, the first person to call out the corresponding calculation wins the pile of cards. Whoever collects all the cards is the winner. Can be played for multiplication and/or division. One of many games you can play with cards.

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**Helping your child with their tables**

Depending on your child’s year group, they will be familiar with the 2,3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables. Some children will be learning the 6, 7 and 8 times tables. Once you know the first few tables you actually know more than you think. The order does not matter, for example, if you know ‘five eights’ you also know ‘eight fives’. This only leaves 6 difficult ones to learn. You can help your child memorise these one at a time. Times tables tricks! 2 x Just double 3 x Double then add another. For 4 x 3, do 4 x 2 = 8, then + 4 = 12 4 x Double and then double again 5 x Half of x 10 6 x Times 5 and then adjust. For 6 x 6, do 5 x 6 = 30, then + 6 = 36 7 x Turn it around. For 4 x 7, do 7 x 4 8 x Double, double and then double again! 9 x Times 10 and then adjust. For 6 x 9, do 6 x 10 = 60, then – 9 = 51 THE FUN FINGER TRICK! 11 x Times 10 and then adjust. For 11 x 6, do 10 x 6 = 60, then + 6 = 66 12 x Add x10 and x 2 together. For 12 x 4, do 10 x4 = 40, 2 x 4 = 8, then = 48 REMEMBER! If you know a multiplication fact, for example, 7 x 5 = 35, not only do you know 5 x 7 = 35, but you also know some division facts: 35 ÷ 5 = 7 and 35 ÷ 7 = 5 Spread your fingers out in front of you. For 9 x 7 bend your seventh finger down. (9 X 5 would be the fifth finger etc.) You have 6 fingers (the tens) to the left of the bent finger and 3 to the right (the units) The answer is 63. This works for the 9 times tables up to 10. 9 x FUN FINGER TRICK Out and about There are always opportunities to relate maths to real life. For example, if our fish ‘n’ chips costs £6 each, how much is it for the whole family. REMEMBER! Multiplication is repeated addition Division is repeated subtraction

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**Then go to the curriculum page or parent pages**

USEFUL WEBSITES Visit the school website for a list of useful websites to help your child meet their targets and other ways you can help your child in maths. Then go to the curriculum page or parent pages Multiplication grid The above and blank multiplication grids can be found on our school website. We would appreciate any comments about this booklet. What have you and your child found helpful? What else would you have liked included?

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