Times Tables

At Euler Academy, we believe that times tables matter and multiplication facts are non-negotiable basic building blocks that will serve you well, but only if they are learned well in the first place. Knowing the times tables (and their associated facts) supports mathematical learning and understanding, which allows our learners to develop a stronger grasp on new concepts moving forward.

We recognise some of our pupils can have a significant barrier towards the understanding of number and the memorisation of number, and for this reason we deliver a clear and purposeful step by step approach which enables our pupils to work far more confidently and efficiently.

We place a high priority on developing our times tables understanding through a clear systematic approach. Times Tables at Euler follow a clear 2-weeks teaching sequence that focuses on

  • Counting
  • Applying
  • Recalling

The learning of times tables at Euler begins in the classroom. We deliver explicit daily teaching of times tables aiming to support pupils’ conceptual understanding of a multiplicative calculation, as opposed to just learning by rote. During our sessions times tables are broken down into smaller components aiming to support pupils to actively engage in the learning process.

 

Through the daily use of a ‘table stick’ at the beginning of our Mathematics lessons the repeated practice of skills is conducted within the process helping to engrain the times tables.

Table Stick provides a strategy-based approach for the teaching of times tables, it allows our Euler pupils to build on what they already know, and emphasises the patterns and connections between mathematical facts, locking them into long-term memory for fluent recall and application.

At Euler we assess times tables based on the ‘Fluency’ for our young mathematicians, aiming to improve recall time as well as developing a depth and breadth to their knowledge throughout the whole Key Stage. Our fluency check points include

1. Beginning (Counts in steps of the correct number using concrete aids)

2. Developing (Counts in steps unaided, and is beginning to recall some times tables in and out of order)

3. Growing (Recalls all in order, recalls at least half out of order)

4. Fluent (Rapid recall of lesson than 6 seconds)

At Euler Academy we use Times Table Rock Stars as an additional supportive tool to practice and assess times tables within the setting. TTRS is not a direct teaching tool, but a tool in which the pupils can apply their understanding. Pupils have access to Times Table Rock Stars at home.

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