The New National Curriculum requires children to recall all the multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12 and the inverse division facts, by the end of Year 4.
By the end of Year 2 it expected that children have ‘instant recall’ of their 2, 5 and 10 times table and the inverse division facts. For example, do they know that 3×4=12, 4×3=12, 12÷3=4 and 12÷4=3?
By the end of Year 3 it expected that children have ‘instant recall’ of the times tables already taught as well as the 4, 8 and 3 times table and the inverse division facts.
This leaves the 6, 7, 9, 11 and 12’s to be learnt in Year 4.
What is the ‘Club 144’?
To motivate and engage the children more with learning and being able to recall their times tables, we have introduced the ‘Club 144’.
Knowing all the multiplication and division facts for the times tables facts from 1 x 1 up to 12 x 12 is our goal!
Why do they need to do this?
In maths lessons, children face problems they have to solve. Often, instead of solving the problems, they spend a lot of time on working out simple calculations, such as a multiplication (times table) fact. This really slows down their learning, the lessons and their progress.
By having an ‘instant recall’ of these facts, they can simply use the facts they know and move on to solve the maths problems much more quickly.
When will they be ‘tested’?
The teachers will keep a look out in class to see who may be ready to demonstrate their times table knowledge, or you or your child can tell us they are ready to earn a badge.
The test is a written one and challenges you to complete a test (needing 100 answers) in less than six minutes … this is not easy but with practice comes success!
If you don’t already know the multiplication and division facts, master them now and become the next person to earn your badge and certificate.
What is the best way to help?
There are lots of websites and books that can help with learning your times tables.
Stop the clock game:
Mixed multiplication and division:
Also, to motivate and encourage your child, practice the ‘easier’ ones first – such as the 2, 5 and 10 times table. Hopefully they will want to achieve more!