In fact, drilling children in their times tables doesn’t necessarily help them to understand the mathematical concepts that underpin multiplication. Children need to be able to conceptualise the maths involved if they are to develop fluency in the times tables, able to recall and apply them rapidly and accurately.
The first half of the book contains games specifically aimed at teaching the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.The second half contains games appropriate for any of the times tables. These games are subdivided into three groups:
- Games for learning each table in sequence
- Games to test pupils’ memories and thinking skills as they try to identify the table they are working on
- Games to teach children the different factors that can make up each answer.
The games require minimal preparation and ensure that all children gain a firm understanding of their times tables and will be able to recall them quickly and easily.