We’re delighted to be able to share with you our new times tables workbooks aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils. There has been a lot of thought and work put into their development. Allow us to explain what they contain.
National Curriculum Objectives
We have explored the National Curriculum in each of the four nations of the United Kingdom to ensure that our resources cover the breadth of what is expected of a child in Key Stage 2. Although the year in which pupils are expected to know certain times tables may vary, by the end of Key Stage 2 across the UK pupils are expected to know their times tables up to 12 x 12. In England, for example, pupils are expected to know them all by the end of Year 4. Our workbooks are designed to support the process of learning the times tables.
In our workbooks we carry our pre-assessments before any of the games and work are presented and then assessments again at the completion of the workbook. Pre-assessments allow you to know exactly how confident your child is before starting to work on a times table. If they have no prior knowledge, you will need to do a lot of work on it. If your child whizzes through them, there’s no need to devote as much time and energy to it. This allows you to focus your time and energy where it will be most beneficial and thus get the most of your time working with your child.
Learning the times tables should be fun and engaging. Using games is a great way to ensure your kids don’t get bored or frustrated. There are countless games out there and we couldn’t come close to including them all, so we have carefully selected some that you may wish to play at home and provided resources which you would need to play them.
Skip counting is simply counting in steps of a chosen times table. To skip count in 6s for example, you would simply say ’6, 12, 18, 24, 30 etc’. Learning how to skip count in a chosen times table makes it much easier to then learn the times tables you are studying. Our workbooks practice skip counting through our games and the activities your child can complete.
Pictorial and Abstract Representations
When learning the times tables pupils should work through three stages, namely ‘concrete’, ‘pictorial’ and ‘abstract’. The concrete stage is using physical objects to make representations of times tables. Your child should have done this in school and you can easily do this at home by arranging blocks, lego, toy cars, sweets, socks etc into rows and columns to show what a times table would look like. Our workbook picks up from here and tries to show pictorial representations of what this would look like, before moving on to the abstract phase which is simply showing the times table in writing using numbers and symbols (e.g. 4 x 6 = 24).
To finish our workbook we have provided you with resources to help make learning the times tables at home enjoyable and straight forward. Some of our resources are there to assist with games and some are there so that your child can use them if they are struggling to remember their times tables. Learning the times tables takes time and practice, and our resources allow for this.
Where can I get them from?
Why not try our free sample which focused on the 6 times tables to see if the workbook is a good match for you and your child? It can be downloaded immediately from below, completely free!
If you’ve decided that you want to buy the full workbook, we’re delighted that you love our resources as much as we do. There are two workbooks available for times tables in KS2. One focuses on the 4, 6, 7 and 8 times tables; the other focuses on the 9, 11 and 12 times tables. Click here and scroll down to the bundle that suits you, or purchase the individual workbook at the bottom of the page.