What order is it best to learn times tables?

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Learning your times tables can feel like a very daunting task. With a seemingly endless string of multiplications to memorise, it can be hard to know where to begin! Luckily, there’s a handy trick to make memorising times tables easy: learning them in a specific order.

Below, we explain the best order to learn times tables in, in-line with the national curriculum. Armed with our recommendations, your child will be on the road to becoming a multiplications master in no time!

Year 2: 2, 5 and 10 times tables

Year 2 is when children start to build their knowledge of times tables. 

We recommend that you start off by learning the 2 times table. The 2 times table makes a fantastic foundation-block for learning other tables and will come in handy in maths more generally. For example, your child will soon realise that multiplying by 2 is the same as doubling!

Once your child has a good understanding of the 2 times table, move on to the 5 times table and the 10 times table. The 10 times table follows similar rules to the 5 times table, so learning them in this order will help build your child’s understanding of number-relationships more generally. 

If you’re not sure how best to help your child learn each times table, check out our tips for learning each multiplication

Year 3: 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9 times tables

With lots of times tables to learn in Year 3, learning them in a specific order can really help. The 4 times table is a great place to begin, as the number rules your child will have picked up from the 2 times table will come into play. To find 4 x 3, for example, they can work out 2 x 3 and double the answer! 

Next, move on to the 3 times table. This is where things can start to feel a little tricky, but fear not! Pointing out rules, such as the fact that all of the answers are odd numbers, can help.

For more advice, be sure to check out our fun ideas to help learn trickier tables. Using DoodleTables for just ten minutes a day is another great (and fun!) way to practice more challenging tables.

Once your child is comfortable with multiples of 3, introduce the 6 and 9 times tables. Be sure to highlight helpful number rules as they learn these multiplications. For example, if they were to double an answer from the 3 times table, they would have an equivalent answer for the 6 times table!

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After this, head to the 8 times table. By building on their understanding of the 2 and 4 times tables, learning this table should be fairly simple. 

Lastly, move on to scary-seeming 7 times table. Although it may seem trickier than other tables, reassure your child that they’ll be able to master it. After all, they’ve already learned lots of other multiplications! By using repetition and creative memorisation techniques, they’ll be able to learn it with practice, repetition and a little determination!

Year 4: 11 and 12 times tables

Although tables over 10 may seem daunting, fear not! Start with the 11 times table and then move on to the 12 times table, using these helpful tricks to help learn these tables. Armed with their other times tables and having learned them in order, reassure your child that they’re in the final stretch to becoming a times tables whizz!

Year 5 and 6: putting tables to practice!

By these later years, pupils are challenged to apply the knowledge they have gained. By practising all of the times tables they have learned in the order above, children can keep their knowledge fresh and develop their instant recall.

Playing the 60 Second Challenge in DoodleTables is a fantastically fun way to do this, where children battle against the clock to see how many answers they can answer correctly before time runs out.

 

By tailoring exercises to your child’s strengths and weaknesses, DoodleTables supports your child at every stage of their multiplications journey.

Best of all, you can try it for absolutely free!

DoodleTables is available as part of a DoodleMaths subscription, available in the Apple AppStore, Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore.

 

Article by Lucy Hart

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