Welcome to Year 3
The Year 3 Team is:
3HB - Miss Bennett
3MB - Mr Bass
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Lynch
Teacher: Mrs Cook
CRACKING TIMES TABLES
I'm sure we all remember standing up, chanting tables at school (I know, I do!). Learning by rote is one strategy, but there are also other activities we can do with children to help them learn their tables.
Here are some strategies that you could try at home to help children with their tables. We hope you find it useful.
Silly rhymes can help children learn tricky tables, eg
8 x 8 = 64 He ate and ate and was sick on the floor, 8 times 8 is 64.
3 x 3 = 9 Swing from tree to tree on a vine, 3 times 3 is 9.
7 x 7 = 49 Seven times seven is like a rhyme, it all adds up to 49.
One less = nine!
This is a strategy for learning the 9 x table. The key to it is that for any answer in the nine times table, both digits add up to 9. Try it and see!
9 x table on your fingers!
This game will need 2 players.
Make a grid of six squares on a piece of paper and ask your child to write a number in each square from the target tables. Give them a question and if they have the answer, they mark it off. First one to mark off all their numbers is the winner!
Looking for patterns
Being able to spot the patterns in numbers is an important skill and can also help with learning times tables. Children can investigate these multiplication rules:
Once children know the times table facts in order, they can use flash cards (a pack of cards will suffice if you don't have flash cards, or you can make some) to practice the facts out of order. They could just use them to answer questions, or for an extra challenge, try it against the clock!
Flash cards could also be stuck around the house to help children learn the facts!
This website has speed tests and games which some children may find fun.
Six times tables can be tricky to learn. One helpful trick is that in the 6 times tables, when you multiply an even number by 6, they both end in the same digit:
2 x 6 = 12
4 x 6 = 24
6 x 6 = 36
8 x 6 = 48
A quick trick for learning the fours is just to double, double. Double the number and then double it again.
eg 3 x 4 double 3 is 6, double 6 is 12 3 x 4 = 12
See if you can use this method with other times tables.
Sing a Song of Tables!
Singing tables can be a really good way for the children to learn. CDs are available to buy, or you can access these on YouTube (remember it is best to supervise your children if they are watching YouTube), or you could just make up your own to a known tune!
Time challenges can be a really good way of helping times tables become automatic. Here are some ideas:
This game is for 2 players!
The game is basically a version of rock, paper, scissors but with numbers. Two players count to 3 and then make a number using their fingers.
For example, player 1 holds up 8 fingers and player 2 holds up 5 fingers.
Both players then have to multiply both numbers together (eg 8 x 5) and the quickest wins.
You will need a deck of playing cards for this game!
Times Table Square!
Draw a 10 x 10 grid. Write 1 to 10 above the columns and 1 to 10 down the side.
Choose a times table and get the child to fill in the answers as quickly as possible. Choose another times table until you have completed the Times Table Square.
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