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Times Tables Topic Guide for Teachers

People have used times tables for thousands of years. In 2014 it was announced that a multiplication table written on bamboo strips had been discovered in China; it was over 2,000 years old!

Knowing your times tables makes it much easier and quicker to complete calculations and maths problems. You can even use one times table to help learn another – knowing your 3x table will help you to learn your 6x, for example.

Teach your children about the Times Tables using our handy topic guide!

Choose a section:
Teaching Ideas | Resources | Facts | Videos | Books | Links

Teaching Ideas

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Resources

  • Our Times Tables Pack contains audio quizzes, worksheets and resources to help your children learn their times tables.

The Times Tables Pack

  • The Tricky Tables Pack has more resources for those tricky tables – x6, x7, x8, x9 and x 12.

The Tricky Tables Pack

Times Table Facts

  • The first known multiplication tables were created by the Babylonians about 4,000 years ago, and recorded on clay tablets.
  • When two numbers are multiplied together, the answer is called the product. For example, in 2 x 2 = 4, 4 is the product.
  • Whenever a number is multiplied by zero, the product is zero.
  • A factor is a number that divides exactly into another number, for example the factors of 8 are 1, 2, 4 and 8. 8 can be found in the 1, 2, 4 and 8 times tables. (8 x1=8, 4 x 2=8, 2 x 4=8, 1 x 8=8)
  • A multiple is a number that can be divided by another number exactly. 8 is a multiple of 1, 2, 4 and 8. (8÷1=8, 8÷2=4, 8÷4=2, 8÷8=1)

Videos

4 Times Table Song

This cover of “I’m Still Standing” will help children learn their four times table.

Running time: 3:10

Multiply by 7 in Minutes

Learn your 7x table with the Sergeant!

Running time: 2:44

8 Times Table Song

Learn your eights with this fun cover of “Rolling in the Deep”.

Running time: 3:10

How Old Am I In Months?

Percy Parker has a collection of times tables videos on this channel.

Running time: 4:14

Year 3 Rolling Numbers

Can your children join in with these fun chanted times tables?

Running time: 4:20

Times table trick using your hands

Try this trick for working out some of the most difficult to remember facts in the 6x, 7x, 8x and 9x tables.

Running time: 5:02

Books

Times Tables Ages 7-11
A practice book (with answers) for children aged 7-11.
The Terrific Times Tables Book
Lift the flaps and enjoy the pop-ups in this interactive book.
Times Tables Activity Book for Ages 7-9
A bright and engaging book with clear visual representations and explanations as well as activities and questions.

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