Tricks for Teaching Times Tables

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Learning times tables are part of every child's development at primary school, and provide an important foundation for learning mathematics. Here’s how you can help children learn their times tables in the classroom, so they can be using multiplication, division and even algebra and fractions in no time!
 
Charting success

A great first step when teaching your pupils the times tables is to introduce the use of charts, especially ones that your pupils can take home and look at regularly. The more often your pupils see and practice their times tables, the more likely they are to retain the information long-term. 
 
A good place to start is with the 2,5 and 10 times tables. At Brainwaves, we offer activity packs which include stickers and certificates, allowing you to motivate and reward your pupils throughout their times tables journey.
Rhymes and rhythms

We all know that a catchy tune can be impossible to get out of your head. As adults, we can all remember learning times tables and the rhymes and rhythms that came with it. Songs are a great way to help anyone learn and remember, and is a method used by teachers all over the world - just think of the alphabet. Introducing this kind of activity to your lesson plan can boost social and communication skills, but also a repetitive beat can really benefit learning.

*Top tip, try introducing an instrument to gently tap along to the rhythm while practicing the times tables.
Reward their efforts

When teaching important lessons like times tables, it always helps to use rewards as encouragement and motivation. 
 
At Brainwaves, we stock an exciting range of brightly coloured stickers, certificates, bookmarks and stamper cards, dedicated to learning each of the times tables.
Introducing tasks in the classroom in a fun and interactive way goes much further in encouraging pupils to engage, memorise and build confidence. At Brainwaves we have a range of solutions for your teaching needs - get in touch for more information.