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Times Tables Mountain
 

The National Curriculum for maths states:

  • children in Year Two should 'recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables'
  • Year Three children should be able to 'recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables'
  • by the end of Year Four, children should know multiplication and division facts for all multiplication tables up to 12 x 12!

It is often difficult to know where children lie on the ‘Times table Mountain’; some children know certain tables very well but others not at all; some can recite tables in order but not answer randomly given questions; some do not know any at all.  Feedback from parents has shown that they are often unsure about which multiplication tables they need to be practising with their child.

With this in mind, we have organised the learning of times tables and grouped them into coloured bands.

By using the coloured bands, children and parents can see:

  • Where they are in relation to expected year group attainment
  • The end goal!
  • Their individual progress

The table below shows which times tables are covered in each level.

Red

Yellow

Blue

Green

Orange

Turquoise

Purple

Bronze

Silver

Gold

10x

10x 5x

10x 5x 2x

10x 5x 2x
3x

10x 5x 2x
3x 4x

10x 5x 2x
3x 4x 8x

10x 5x 2x
3x 4x 8x
6x

10x 5x 2x
3x 4x 8x
6x 11x 9x

10x 5x 2x
3x 4x 8x
6x 11x 9x
7x

10x 5x 2x
3x 4x 8x
6x 11x 9x
7x 12x

To progress to the next band, your child needs to complete a one minute challenge answering questions on a given times table or several times tables. We do not want these challenges to be seen as ‘tests’ so we are encouraging children to approach us when the feel ready to try a challenge. They can then find a quiet corner, use a stop watch and have a go. Alternatively, children can practice as a whole class.