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Times Tables Rock Stars







Why is it important for children to know their times tables and related division facts?

There is now an even greater emphasis for children to be proficient in basic skills (number bonds, place value (hundreds, tens, ones) and times tables at ever earlier ages. There is an expectation that children will be able to recall these facts quickly and apply them in problem solving and investigations. The National Curriculum states the following:

Year 2: ‘become fluent in the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables and connect them to each other.’

Year 3: ‘recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3,4 and 8 multiplication tables.’

Year 4: ‘recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12×12.’

Year 5: ‘they apply all multiplication tables and related division facts frequently, commit them to memory and use them confidently to make larger calculations.’

Year 6: ‘continue to use all the multiplication tables to calculate mathematical statements in order to maintain their fluency.’

The times tables are the basics of maths. If children know the basics, they’ll find the rest much, much easier.

Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice.  The focus might be on multiplication, division or both.  Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so.

When it comes to time tables, speed AND accuracy is important – the more facts your child remembers the easier it is for their brain to do harder calculations.

Support at home

Your child can play games to help them improve speed and accuracy. We have a booklet that provides activities that will help you to support your child whilst they are learning their tables. Please click on the link below for a copy of our parent booklet.

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