# Multiplication

We begin to formally teach times tables in 3rd class.

đIt begins as repeated addition (which they have being doing in 1st/2nd class)

đUnderstanding that multiplication is âgroups ofâ or âsets ofâ is very important.

đUsing concrete materials like cubes, counters etc will help children test out this âgroups ofâ theory.

đSoon we replace âgroups/sets ofâ with the multiplication symbol.

đLots of work and repetition done: counting up in multiples (eg 3s, 4s, 5s), noticing patterns as we count, jumping backwards and forwards – mentally, physically and written work.

đPractice, practice, practice.

đUse games and tasks to have fun and work with peers. I.T. can be a great resource here.

đFinal step is to work on recalling these number facts.

đNot all children will learn at same pace. Patience is key and practice in many forms to suit all learning styles is essential.

đRecalling number facts easily will make access to other maths concepts easier- fractions, decimals, percentages, money, weight, length, long multiplication/division.

đSupport at home by practising counting up in multiples in a fun way -walking up the stairs, jumping from cushion to cushion, hopping from foot to foot. Use raisins, pasta, Lego to put into groups of. Let your child teach you – pretend you need help with learning tables!

đConsistency is key!