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Times Table Tracker

In the new Primary National Curriculum, times tables up to 12 x 12 are something which children are required to know and understand by Year 4. To help with this, we are introducing a new Times Tables Tracker so children and adults know where pupils are up to in their learning of times tables. During the last week, the children have had a times table assessment. This has been to check which times tables they know, which are a bit ‘rusty’ and which they need to learn.

What is it?

A way of tracking children’s progress towards learning all multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12, as is required by Year 4 in the new Primary National Curriculum. This is an opportunity for children to learn the division facts which are the inverse of the times tables they have learned previously. Traditionally, times tables were learned in order; 1 x 3 = 3, 2 x 3 = 6. However, this is not useful for the real life application of those times tables or for completing written multiplication or division. Therefore, children will be tested in a random order of multiplication and division facts.

How does it work?

The tracker works via a set of awards which cover certain times tables (multiplication and division facts):

Award

Tables

Tests (in order) - multiplication and division facts for:

Total Tests

Bronze

10, 5

10 / 5 / 5,10

3

Silver

2, 4, 8

2 / 4 / 8 / 5,10,2,4,8

4

Gold

3, 6, 9

3 / 6 / 9 / 5,10,2,4,8,3,6,9

4

Platinum

7

7 / All tables 1-10

2

Diamond

11, 12

11 / 12 / All tables 1-12

3

 

Children can practise at the following website: www.timestables.me.uk  and can print off practice tests here: http://www.timestables.me.uk/printable-pdf-quiz-generator.htm

They need to know which times table they are working on so they can choose the correct options.  This will be recorded in their small yellow Times Tables book.  Tests will cover both the “Times by” and “Divide by” options and children should complete 40 questions correctly in 4 minutes. 

What is a multiplication and division fact?

The multiplication and division facts for 3, 4 and 12 are:

3 x 4 = 12               4 x 3 = 12           12 ÷ 3 = 4               12 ÷  4 = 3

A child learning the 3 or 4 times tables will need to know all 4 facts.

What do children need to do?

Practise the multiplication and division facts by rote,  play games such as snap or pelmonism with the questions and answers or  use flashcards.  I have also sent home some puzzle sheets, which you may find useful.   There are many APPs available (My Times Tables is good!) and there are also some websites with games that help practise the tables.  Some are listed below.

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=HitTheButtonv10 

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=SpeedChallenge 

http://www.what2learn.com/home/examgames/maths/subtraction

http://www.sumdog.com/ 

Complete the tests in class.

What can parents do to help?

Help children to practise the multiplication and division facts, encouraging them to give quick responses.

Celebrate when children complete awards and come home with a sticker.

How is progress tracked?

Children have an individual tracker in their trays - there is an example of this below.  I will record in the back of their yellow book how they’ve got on in the test.  They will move onto the next test once they have scored 40/40, however all improvements will be celebrated.

I will record on a class tracker where individuals are working.

How is success rewarded?

For each test and award there is a sticker for completion.

When children complete the final test for each award (in bold above), we will celebrate that achievement in assemblies.

Times tables will be given out on Mondays and tested the following Monday. 

Times Tables Tracker

………………………………

All combined

DONE!

Bronze

10

5

 

5 and 10

 

 

 

Silver

2

4

8

2, 4, 8, 5 and 10

 

 

 

Gold

3

6

9

3, 6, 9, 2, 4, 8, 5 and 10

 

 

 

Platinum

7

 

 

7, 3, 6, 9, 2, 4, 8, 5 and 10

 

 

 

Diamond

11

12

 

All 1 to 12