At Ryarsh, the quick recall of multiplication and division facts (times tables) are viewed with high importance. The ability to recall these facts quickly enables children to answer related questions with ease.
It is therefore important that we approach the teaching and testing of times tables in a similar and progressive format from Year 2 to Year 6.
According to the new National Curriculum 2014 the expectation of times tables in each Year Group is as follows:
Year 2: 2x, 5x, 10x
Year 3: 3x, 4x, 8x
Year 4: 6x, 7x, 9x, 11x, 12x
Year 5: All x and ÷ facts (12×12)
Year 6: All x and ÷ facts (12×12) and related language/symbols e.g. % and square root
We have decided to follow a mountain profile building up the x tables in a methodical and progressive format, ensuring that facts are retained and revised along the journey.
These facts will be assessed through weekly tests, taken in a set time period of 5 minutes. Initially the tests contain 40 questions, extending to 60 questions closer to the summit.
Children keep a folder with their mountain profile and times table tests so that they can track their progress and know what they are working on. Children’s progress through the times table mountain is shared with parents through contact books.
There will be a central school display to celebrate children who reach the times table mountain summit. This will consist of a picture of a mountain summit and photos of children who have reached it displayed and celebrated here.
When a child has reached the summit, they then try to improve their time on the earlier tests to increase the speed of their recall, either by completing all earlier tests or by completing the ‘three peaks’ challenge.
Ryarsh Times Tables tests
The complete set of weekly times tables is given below. To use these files, open the file, press F9 to generate a new test and then print. In this way we can generate an unlimited number of different tests for each area of learning.
Please note – these tests are designed to test times tables knowledge, rather than to teach it. There are many ways in which children can learn times tables – for example, playing games, quick-fire questions from an adult, chanting tables, writing the tables out and using songs, websites or apps. This learning needs to take place before the knowledge gained can be assessed in a test.
The tests are given in the following order. Remember to press F9 once the file is open to generate a new test, and then print the page. The tests are not desgined to be filled in electronically on your computer – they are to be printed out and filled in with a pencil.