The Importance of Learning Multiplication – Times Tables

Many of us can remember learning multiplication and division. The chanting and reciting full sets as a class, revising the multiplication table at home with our parents. You might have even had a poster of them Blu tacked to our bedroom wall.

The jump from knowing how to add and subtract numbers to becoming familiar with multiplication can feel large, and complex. However, once mastered, it can become second nature to a child and is fundamental in day to day life.

Here at our private school, Devon, we pride ourselves in ensuring all of our pupils are given the time and effort they deserve. Our aim is to allow them to flourish at a variety of subjects, including maths, and of course, their times tables.

Advantages of Learning Multiplication

Although many of these methods of teaching multiplication have become outdated, the importance of learning these mathematical basics is as important today as it has ever been.

Multiplication is a main tool for many forms of maths such as algebra, calculus, equations and more. The ability to rehearse and understand multiplications up to and including 12 by the final year of primary school will enable your child to confidently and skilfully tackle the more complex mathematical subjects.

It also helps them to familiarise and feel confident with the teachings presented to them as they progress through education.

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Builds Confidence in Mathematics

The ability to fully understand multiplication and have fluency and instant recall will boost your child’s confidence in the subject.

Many of the tasks they are required to do both at school, and in the home requires this basic skill. Examples may include:

• Laying the table for dinner when guests are expected.
• Calculating exchange rates for spending money on holiday.
• Working out the days of the weeks, months or years.

These daily uses of multiplication come naturally to many, and highlight the regular use of the skill, reinforcing the importance of learning this from a young age.

An Essential Skill for Long Multiplication and Division

Fluency in multiplication will also allow your child, as they progress through their school years, to use these necessary skills and build upon them with more ease as the mathematics taught becomes more complicated.

Generally, division and long multiplication are introduced into a child’s curriculum following basic multiplication. Without this primary knowledge, the following stages would be much more challenging to understand and process.

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Builds the Basic Mathematical Blocks and Supports More Complex Tasks

As part of each person’s mathematical ‘toolbox’, multiplication is a fundamental skill which will enable your child to succeed in what can often be considered a daunting subject.

Multiplication can, in fact, be an enjoyable and rewarding subject to master.

Having a Deeper Understanding

It is important that children gain a conceptual understanding of multiplication. So they can comprehend ‘why’ and ‘how’ the times table functions, rather than just ‘what’ the answer is.

This deeper thinking process allows for meaningful application. This will enable them to implement the skill in other aspects of their learning successfully.

Promotes Number Sense

Maths, in most circumstances, is a manipulation of numbers, in many different forms. However, these tasks, simple or complex, require a strong ‘number-sense’.

Developing key skills and practising them frequently, supports your child’s development of number sense. This can include progressive skills in:

• Counting
• Grouping
• Estimation
• Quantity
• Time
• Distance

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Improved Problem- Solving Abilities

As a child becomes faster at recalling multiplications of 2 -12, they will be able to solve more complex maths in much less time. This is because the core understanding has already been established. They will exercise this skill like second nature, enabling them to focus on the more difficult aspects of the task.

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Encouragement and Praise

Many children can find learning their times tables challenging; it requires a high level of both patience and dedication. Supporting your child through their education, using encouragement and praise, allows them to feel confident in their educational journey, helping them to excel in the subject.

The quality of praise is fundamental when motivating your child to learn something new; a good example being prioritising the effort rather than the final task.

Click on the link below to discover our tips for effectively giving praise to your children to ensure its effectiveness.


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