I’m sure you are well aware that the Education Minister Nicky Morgan has announced that pupils in year 4 will be expected to know their times tables up to 12 x 12. Their skills will be tested online via a computer assessment in 2019.
I personally believe that children should know their times tables as working with numbers becomes a lot easier, children can easily see patterns in sequences, they can solve proportions, find equivalent fractions, work with decimals and percentages and solve problems. Trying to do maths without knowing your times tables is like trying to play the piano without knowing the location of the notes, which quite frankly is impossible!
Learning times tables is a skill that needs to be practised little and often and with today’s technology it is so much easier. There are so many apps out there that could be downloaded and a myriad of fun games on computers. What about getting a CD to sing along to in the car when driving to activities or to school?
So even if testing wasn’t being brought in by the government we owe it to the children to ensure they know their times tables to free up their mind to discover the awe and wonder of maths.