At St. Cross Catholic Primary School, our intent for Mathematics is to teach a rich, balanced and progressive curriculum using Maths to reason, problem solve and develop fluent conceptual understanding in each area. Our curriculum allows children to better make sense of the world around them relating the pattern between mathematics and everyday life. Children will develop skills in being articulate and will be able to verbally, pictorially and in written form reason well. As a school we use Herts for Learning, Maths Essentials planning and White Rose Planning to aid our teaching and to follow the concrete, pictorial and abstract (CPA) approach.
Why are times tables so important?
Secure and confident knowledge of times tables is vital to children’s success in Maths. They are the building blocks of Maths and with multiplications mastered, the doors to many other areas of Maths become unlocked.
Here are some ways which memorising times tables can benefit your child:
- Most importantly, knowing their times tables will give your child confidence in their ability in Maths. We aim for all children to be able to mentally recall their times tables, moving away from counting on their fingers as they become more confident, as this confidence will help them solve a range of tasks at primary school and ease their transition to secondary school.
- Times tables can help your child to grasp other mathematical concepts, such as fractions, division, ratio and percentages to name a few. Children who do not know their times tables will not be able to access more complex procedures.
- If a child is confident with their times table skills, then this can reduce the cognitive load when learning a new method. An example of this is when learning the long multiplication method; if a child is already confident with their times tables then they can solely focus on the new skills with the method, e.g. where to carry numbers, when a place value holder is needed, estimating and checking that their answer is correct. This will not only help to ensure that their calculations are accurate, but speed up the process of learning a new method and also boost their confidence as they see that they have been successful.
How do we teach times tables at St Cross?
Some children thrive on learning their times tables, others may find the experience more challenging and stressful, especially if put on the spot. We use a range of different teaching strategies to make learning times tables engaging and fun. Teachers accommodate different learning styles. They strive to create games to build children’s confidence in learning times tables in a way that is age appropriate for the children within their classes. TTRS is a great homework resource and is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice.
MyMaths is a whole-school interactive resource for use at home that is easy to use alongside any other maths resources to consolidate learning.