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How to practise times tables | Oxford Owl

Strategies we use in school (PAGE17-27)

Looking for ideas to support your child's times tables development?  Take a look at the suggestions below:


Read/chant the times tables

See resources section. Do it a second time round but this time your child should be trying to say them without reading them from the page. It is more important that they say them correctly than say them quickly to begin with.


Scatter Tables

See the resources section.  To use them, you call out a question from the times table you are focusing on and your child should point to the answer on the page. For example, if you are concentrating on the 5 times table, then find the Scatter Table for the 5s and call out questions like, “9 times 5” (your child points to 45), “6 times 5” (your child points to 30) or “5 times 12” (your child points to 60). Your child should be trying to get them correct each time and not worrying about the speed.


List the tables

Write the focus times table out with their answer, initially in order and then in a random order. e.g. 1 x 2 = 2


Rap or sing 

Songs are a fun way to learn the times tables (Click here for some Times Tables songs)


Practice tests

Ask your child to complete a TT Rockstars practice sheet that focusses on the table they are working on (see resource section)


Blank multiplication grids

See resource section. Begin by focussing on only a few simple columns for younger children e.g. 2,5,10 and then progress as they become more confident. 


Play TTRockstars online

Children should play for a short while until they are successfully answering the questions quickly.  TTRockstars online can be accessed via  or using the app which is free to download. Please ask your class teacher if you need your child's login.


Play other online games

A favourite of ours is Hit the Button

Practise the MTC (multiplication tables check) on this game MTC example game


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