One of the biggest issues facing our pupils at Kip when they join us, is the common problem that they do not know their times tables. Lots of work goes on in primary classrooms to address ways of learning tables, but I’ve got to say, that the old-fashioned way of learning them by heart seems to bring the best results.
We always try to incorporate 10 minutes of Timed Tables into a lesson. The purpose is to get as many random times tables correct in one minute as possible. The pupils love the competitive edge to learning their tables, and this has a positive effect on their maths knowledge and problem solving skills.
One of our siters centres has written a great article on this topic. You can view it here.