At Ryarsh, the quick recall of multiplication and division facts (times tables) are viewed with high importance. The ability to recall these facts quickly enables children to answer related questions with ease.
It is therefore important that we approach the teaching and testing of times tables in a similar and progressive format from Year 2 to Year 6.
The National Curriculum expectation of times tables in each Year Group is as follows:
Year 2: 2x, 5x, 10x
Year 3: 3x, 4x, 8x
Year 4: 6x, 7x, 9x, 11x, 12x
Year 5: All x and ÷ facts (12×12)
Year 6: All x and ÷ facts (12×12) and related language/symbols e.g. % and square root
We have decided to follow a mountain profile (Appendix 1) building up the x tables in a methodical and progressive format, ensuring that facts are retained and revised along the journey.
These facts will be assessed through weekly tests, taken in a set time period of 5 minutes. Initially the tests contain 40 questions, extending to 60 questions closer to the summit.
Children will bring home their weekly Times Table test when it has been marked so that parents are kept informed of their progress and which times table they are working on.
There will be a central school display to celebrate children who reach the times table mountain summit. This will consist of a picture of a mountain summit and photos of children who have reached it displayed and celebrated here. When children reach the Golden Summit, a golden star will be added.
The Times Table Mountain is being updated from February 2018. The summit will be the same up to the ‘Nearly at the Summit’ test, which tests all times tables up to 12×12, with this test now being known as ‘The Summit’ as it is the national expectation for children to reach by the end of Year 4. This will then be followed by a ‘Golden Summit’ test which is specifically designed for each year group. This consists of 30 multiplication and division questions to keep children’s knowledge of times tables fresh but will also have 30 questions on various number calculations that match the expectations of that year group. If you reach the Golden Summit for Year 3, you will automatically go on to the Year 4 Golden Summit when they reach that year group. Children working on the Golden Summit will keep doing that test trying to improve their score and then time, as each test regenerates each time it is printed.
The complete set of weekly times tables is given below. To use these files, open the file, press F9 to generate a new test and then print. In this way we can generate an unlimited number of different tests for each area of learning.
Please note – these tests are designed to test times tables knowledge, rather than to teach it. There are many ways in which children can learn times tables – for example, playing games, quick-fire questions from an adult, chanting tables, writing the tables out and using songs, websites or apps. This learning needs to take place before the knowledge gained can be assessed in a test.
The tests are given in the following order. Remember to press F9 once the file is open to generate a new test, and then print the page. The tests are not desgined to be filled in electronically on your computer – they are to be printed out and filled in with a pencil.