The UK National Curriculum describes maths as ‘a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world’ (DFEE, 1999). Therefore, here at Lawley Primary School, we ensure that developing the ability to calculate; apply logical reasoning; problem-solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways are developed during daily maths lessons.
We pay particular attention to the use of practical apparatus and believe that children should have considerable experience with concrete equipment, in all areas of the maths curriculum. Classrooms are enriched with resources that children are encouraged to select independently and cross-curricular links are always encouraged, thereby allowing children to apply their maths skills in other areas of the Primary curriculum. These practical experiences support the children as they learn and develop more abstract ways of recording.
At Lawley Primary School children are encouraged and helped to see themselves as mathematicians and to understand how maths is used in the world around them. Consequently, teachers spend quality time exploring real-life, contextual problems that engage and excite the children and enable them to develop an awareness of the maths that surrounds them. They are often given choices and encouraged to select their own methods of working. Teachers then explore children’s reasoning for their approaches to these problems and discuss their application of knowledge. This allows for good assessment and continually develops a child’s understanding of this subject.
The mathematical operation in which two numbers are combined together to give a product.
e.g. 6 x 8 = 48
Multiplication can be thought of as repeated addition.
e.g. 3 x 4 = ( 4 + 4 + 4 ) or ( 3 + 3 + 3 + 3) = 12
Multiplication is the opposite, or inverse, of division, and it obeys the commutative and associative laws.
Expectations of the New Curriculum 2014
By the end of year 2, children should be confident in the 2x, 5x and 10x times table and beginning to explore their 3x and 4x table.
By the end of year 3, children should be confident in the 2x, 5x, 10x, 3x, 4x, 6x and 8x table.
By the end of year 4, children should be confident in all multiplication tables up to 12 x 12.
All of the above includes the corresponding division facts.
e.g. I know 2 x 5 = 10 therefore I know 10 / 2 = 5
Try the links below to help practise your times tables