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Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.


The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.


Times Tables

As you may be aware there have been recent changes to the National Curriculum. One of the major changes is that children should be able to recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12x12, by the end of year 4.


Across the school we are having a huge push on learning our Times Tables. We have found that many of our children struggle to retain their knowledge of the tables and as they move onto learning a new table, they forget the ones they have learnt previously.


Each class has been allocated specific times tables which they will focus on within each year. These are shown below:

Year 1

Counting in 2s and 10s.

Year 2

2, 5 and 10 times tables.

Year 3

3, 4 and 8 times tables (as well as already knowing the 2, 5 and 10 times tables).

Year 4

6, 7, 9 and 11 times tables (as well as already knowing the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables).

Year 5

12 times tables (as well as already knowing the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 times tables).

Year 6

Children should already know all their times table facts and will be using these to solve trickier maths problems. These include equivalent fractions, multiplication and division word problems, area and many more!


We will be working hard to learn times tables within school but we would also like children to be encouraged to practise them at home.


One way to learn your tables is by listening to the following songs:

Two Times Table Song

Three Times Table Song

Four Times Table Song

Five Times Table Song

Six Times Table Song

Seven Times Table Song

Eight Times Table Song

Nine Times Table Song

Ten Times Table Song

Eleven Times Table Song

Twelve Times Table Song


Below are some links to multiplication activities that will develop your children's knowledge:

BBC Skillswise
All times tables with choice of doing against the clock. Interactive whiteboard game using a 100 square

Previous Skillswise logo



Multiplication work out. How many can you answer?


Math Playground
Use your multiplication skills to navigate your way through the universe. Watch out for the asteroids!

Math Playground 2
Pop balloons with the multiple on it

Oswego Games
Interactive game - re-arrange the number cards to make the sum make sense. Type in 'sum sense division' into Google to get the division version of this game.


Oswego Games 2
How many multiplication or division questions can you answer in 5 minutes?


Oswego Games 3
Ghost blasters. Shoot the multiples


Primary Resources
Hit the alien as it pops up with the right number on it.


Teaching Tables
Activities, games and worksheets

TVO Kids
Connect the dots. 2 x and 5 x table only


Other Useful Maths Websites

To aid your child’s learning in Maths at home, we have compiled a list of website addresses that you will find informative and entertaining. Enjoy!!,index



Maths Booklets


We have produced a booklet to give children and parents strategies to develop children's times tables. Please click here to access it.


For help in understanding what methods we use for calculations throughout the school, please see this helpful guide - click here.


Teachers within the collaboration often use MathsHUBS as a resource to enrich the curriculum. Please see link below: