Why learning times tables is important

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Learning times tables is really important. After all, they’re the building blocks of maths, and with your multiplications mastered, you can do anything! Here are just some of the ways in which memorising tables can benefit your child.

Learning one makes it easier to learn others

By starting with smaller tables and building up, children will learn number rules which will make learning other tables much easier. For example, once you know your 2 times table, you can learn your 4 times table simply by doubling the answers! 

To help you get started, take a look at the best order to learn times tables in.

They help with mental arithmetic

Memorising times tables makes it far quicker and easier for children to work out maths problems in their heads. Moving beyond using their fingers to work out answers, they’ll gradually be able to use their knowledge to quickly solve any multiplication questions.

By memorising their times tables, children will also become more accustomed to using their head to visualise answers. This will help them to solve questions involving multiplication, addition, subtraction and division in their head, making the act of memorising multiplications a very worthwhile cause! 

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They help children understand other concepts

Beyond memorising times tables, learning and understanding how they work can do wonders for building children’s knowledge of important mathematical concepts. These include fractions, percentages and even shape.

For example, using visual representations of times tables (such as counters) can help children to visualise the role of sequences, addition and fractions. As they become more confident with their times tables, they’ll begin to use this knowledge by spotting number relationships between each table. For example, they’ll realise to work out any answers for the 4 times table, they simply need to halve the equivalent answer for the 8 times table! 

They can be used in real life 

Knowing their times tables isn’t just useful for weekly multiplication tests – they also come in handy outside of the classroom! How much would it cost to buy three comics which cost £2 each? Simply calculate 3 x 2! Or how many chocolates are there in total if my four friends have five each? Work out 4 x 5! The possibilities are endless.

They increase confidence!

Perhaps most importantly, memorising their tables will give your child confidence in their own skills. There’s nothing more grown-up than not having to use your fingers to work out an answer!

This confidence will help them in SATs or other assessments, and ultimately, ease their move into secondary education.  

 

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

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Article by Lucy Hart

Doodle empowers learners to achieve confidence in maths and English. Our intelligent technology creates individual work programmes which are motivational, affordable and convenient to use.