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This Term's Learning:

This term our topic is "Revolutions". We will explore how Newton Abbot has changed through times such as the industrial revolution and technological revolution. We will complete some field work to investigate the changes throughout town as a part of this. We will also be looking at climate change and will design and make some green vehicles linked to our science topic of electricity.


Please find the topic web attached to find out more about our exciting topic. 

Learning Times Tables in Year 4 and 5

     Multiplication tables are an essential life skill to master in Key Stage 2, and rapid recall of both the multiplication facts (e.g. 3 X 5 = 15) and related division facts (e.g. 15 ÷ 5 = 3) will support children’s progress across a wide range of maths concepts in their primary years and beyond.

     One of the Year 4 Maths objectives of the National Curriculum is that children should  “Recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 X 12”. Whilst we continue to support children with practising times tables in school, children have a wide range of knowledge across the tables. We would therefore be very grateful if you would support them in the tables they are finding challenging.

     Each week, your child will complete a “Times Tables League” test. Children are involved with setting their own targets for the number of correct answers and the time taken, to motivate them to practise their times tables at home. Each level of the league adds on a further level of complexity as shown below: Once they achieve 100% in a the given time limit, they will move onto the next level.

1. Europa League

1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s,

2. Premier League

6s, 7s, 8s, 9s, 10s

3. Champion’s League

1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s, 7s, 8s, 9s, 10s

4. Super League

1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s, 7s, 8s, 9s, 10s, 11s, 12s

5. Dream Team

Applying previous knowledge to numbers involving decimals (e.g. 0.3 X 4 uses knowledge of 3 X 4)

     We recommend the following sequence for mastering a times table (this example is for the 4 times table)

  1. Circle the numbers on a hundred square or write the numbers in sequence (e.g. 0,4,8,12,16,20,24,28,32,36,40,44,48)

  2. Look carefully at the pattern in the digits (e.g. here, the ones digit goes up in a pattern 0,4,8,2,6,0,4,8,2,6 etc)

  3. Say the numbers in sequence from memory. It can work well here to support your child like you would in reading, by correcting any mistakes to allow them to get back on track, and continuing to count with them until they are confident again.

  4. Once they are confident in reciting the sequence, they are ready to play games (see below) to increase their speed of recall. We encourage children to count up through the sequence, using fingers to track the different facts (e.g. for 6X4, they would put 6 fingers up, and count in 4s until they get to the last finger: 0,4,8,12,16,20,24)

  5. Once they are confident in a times table, it is important to revisit it with a light touch, as we all know as adults how easy it is to forget them if we don’t use them!


We particularly recommend the Oxford times tables book (on the link below), and the following website for times table tricks and resources: http://www.theschoolrun.com/times-tables-the-best-ways-to-learn.


Many thanks for your ongoing support, Mr. Elwood