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September 30, 2017

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__As adults how many times have we argued that you never use Pythagoras's theorem? Do you remember that the square of the hypotenuse (the side opposite the right angle) is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides?__

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__However, what we all need to know and use on a daily basis are our times tables: multiplication facts.__

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__You need 7 oranges at 30p loose, or you can buy a bag of 3 oranges for £1.50; 3x7=21 so 30p x7=£2.10 or 3x £1.50=£4.50 and you will end up with 2 spare oranges and packaging.__

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__How many Freddo frogs can I buy if I have £1 and a Freddo is 30p?__

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__It is vital for children to learn their times tables as it gives them the skills and confidence in so many other areas of Maths.__

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__By the end of the Infants, Y2, the children must know the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and in Year 1 count in 2s, 5s and 10s.__

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__By the end of Year 4 the children should know their tables to 12x12. They should have fluent and rapid recall when working with their tables.__

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__By the time the children reach Year 5/6 they need to know their tables so as they can work out their 20, 30 times tables or 1.2 or 0.4 tables for example. Knowing their tables in Upper Key Stage 2 gives them transferable skills in other areas of Maths.__

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__We are lucky at St Giles School to have supportive parents who understand the importance of leaning at home too.__

__www.mathsisfun.com have some amazing resources and are happy to share them with St Giles so as we can all use them and all become brilliant at our times tables!__

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__Did you know this about patterns in the times tables?__

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__There are some patterns which can help you remember:__

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__2× is just doubling the number. The same as adding the number to itself.__

__2×2=4, 2×3=6, 2×4=8, etc.__

__So the pattern is 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20__

__(And once you remember those, you also know 3×2, 4×2, 5×2, etc., right?)__

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__5× has a pattern: 5, 10, 15, 20, etc. It ends in either 0 or 5.__

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__9× has a pattern, too: 9, 18, 27, 36, 45, 54, 63, 72, 81, 90__

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__Now, notice how the "ones" place goes down: 9,8,7,6, ...? And at the same time, the "tens" place goes up: 1,2,3,...? Well, your hands can help!__

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__Example: to multiply 9 by 8: hold your 8th finger down, and you can count "7" and "2" ... the answer is 72__

__10× is maybe the easiest of them all ... just put a zero after it.__

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#### How to Learn

__Your life will be a lot easier when you can simply remember the multiplication tables.__

__So ... train your memory!__

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__First, use the table above to start putting the answers into your memory.__

__Then use the Maths Trainer - Multiplication to train your memory, it is specially designed to help you memorise the tables. This is really fun!__

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__Use it a few times a day for about 5 minutes each, and you will learn your tables.__

__You can test yourself using the times tables test.__

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__But even if you are short of time to sing them when driving around in the car or walking to school. A few minutes here and there can turn a good mathematician into a great mathematician.__

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__And the Free giveaway is a laminated Times Table Square just ask at the office for one! __

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__Thank you to Rod Pierce at mathsisfun.com__

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