Times Tables Tips!

How have you been learning your times tables? There is no right or wrong way, whether you are working on your 2s, 5s, 10s or tricky 7s! Everyone learns in different ways. Some people find a song or rhyme helps them to remember – there are lots of times tables CDs for sale and there are songs on YouTube too. Other people find that simply learning them by rote is the best way for them. Writing them out may be the way that works best for you. There are also lots of apps and games available for tablets and computers. Some of the ones we like in Year Two are Squeebles Times Tables, Cloud Tables and Math Bingo. There are many more though, some free and some for a small charge.
Another way of learning and having fun is to play a game. One game that has been played in Mrs W’s house this weekend was Fairy Tables, a card game produced by Mathstraks Games. It was great fun and involves matching the multiples to the times table story but you can’t repeat the characters! It got a bit competitive between the 8 year old and the 14 year old and is not as girly as the packaging suggests as there are fire breathing dragons and handsome princes as well as princesses! Mathstraks Games are the brainchild of Lesley Higgin, a maths teacher who wanted to find a way of making maths more fun for her own children. (Maths fact – Mrs W went to primary and secondary school with Lesley’s sister!). There are other games called Mathical Creatures and Monster Maths which look fun and Mrs W plans to buy them soon to try out on her own unsuspecting children…

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