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Welcome to Year 3


The Year 3 Team is:

3HB - Miss Bennett

3MB - Mr Bass


Teaching Assistants: Mrs Lynch

                              Mrs Boyce


Teacher: Mrs Cook






Year 3 Term 5 Plan






  • Practice times tables
  • Reading (out loud to an adult and being questioned about what they have read to check comprehension)
  • RMEasimaths sessions Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8.30am in the ICT suite if required.



  • Book change 
  • Homework due in school
  • Word books due in school
  • Spellings will be tested and set
  • Cracking times tables will be tested



  • Book change



  • Homework set (maths/literacy/topic/project)
  • Book change






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.


Rhyme Time!


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!


  1. Subtract 1 from the number you are multiplying by, eg 7 x 9, one less than 7 is 6.
  2. This number becomes the first number in the answer:  7 x 9 = 6__
  3. The two numbers in the answer add up to 9 so the second number must be 3:  7 x 9 = 63


9 x table on your fingers!


  1. Hold your hands in front of you with your fingers spread out.
  2. For 9 x 4 bend your 4th finger down (like the picture)
  3. You have 3 fingers in front of the bent finger and 6 after the bent finger.  Thus, the answer must be 36!
  4. The technique works for the 9 times table up to 10.


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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:


  • odd number x odd number = odd number (eg 3 x 5 = 15)
  • even number x even number = even number (eg 4 x 6 = 24)
  • odd number x even number = even number (eg 3 x 6 = 18)


Flash Cards


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.


Tricky Sixes


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:


x 6 = 12

x 6 = 24

x 6 = 36

x 6 = 48


Double, Double!


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!


Speed Tables!


Time challenges can be a really good way of helping times tables become automatic.  Here are some ideas:


  • Measuring the time it takes to write the tables, then trying to beat the time.
  • Seeing how many times you can write that table (or even 1 calculation) in 1 minute.
  • Race/challenges against other people.




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.


Multiplication Snap!


You will need a deck of playing cards for this game!


  1. Flip over the cards as though you are playing snap.
  2. The first to say the fact based on the cards turned over, eg player a turns over a 3 and player 2 turns over a 6 - the quickest to say 18, gets the cards.
  3. The person to get all of the cards wins!


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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