Parents are always asking me what they can do during the long summer holidays to help prepare their children for September. As you will be well aware, learning and knowing the times tables is a vital life skill. You will be amazed at how much of our maths curriculum relies on secure knowledge of not only the times tables, but their corresponding division facts. With the above in mind it would be extremely helpful if you encouraged your child to practise their tables over the summer holidays. Just 5 minutes a day would be so useful.

Here are some suggestions

Make it fun!

  • Say tricky tables in silly voices or even try singing them
  • Think of catchy rhymes to help your child remember a tricky table.

I ate and I ate till I was sick on the floor  8 x 8 = 64

  • Look for patterns or clever tricks. For example, you can rearrange 7 x 8 = 56 to 56 = 7 x 8 The numbers are now in order 5, 6, 7 and 8!
  • Some facts, particularly in the 7 and 9 times tables, just don’t seem to stick.

Encourage your child to find their own way of working the hard ones out. For example, if they can’t remember 7 x 8, try doubling 7 x 4.

  • Break down each table into manageable chunks until they know the answers. Then add the next one.
  • Work on pairs of tables, for example if your child is learning the two times table they

      can use their doubling facts to calculate the four times tables.

  • Also remember to ask about the division facts 6X4=24 so 24÷ 6 = 4 and 24÷4 = 6
  • Keep checking that they still know the facts they have learnt and revisit previously learnt facts.
  • Display tables around different parts of the house so that your child sees them everywhere (even in the bathroom!)
  • BBC Mega-maths at

An excellent site. You can play the games and read the top tips.


I do hope you found this information helpful. Remember, practice makes perfect!

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