The Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables series uses superheroes to motivate primary school children to practise all the skills needed to solve multiplication, division and word-based times table problems. Superheroes appeal to even the most reluctant of learners and instil a positive and competitive attitude towards learning. Your pupils will be eager and motivated to want to learn and practise their times tables.
Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables, Book 3
Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables, Book 2
Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables, Book 1
There are three books in the Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables series:
Book 1: 2, 5 and 10 times tables
Book 2: 3, 4, 6 and 8 times tables
Book 3: 7, 9, 11 and 12 times tables
The books contain reproducible sheets and are designed to be used as flexible teaching aids, which teachers can dip in and out of in any order to support the learning of any times table. They work equally well as stand alone 5 to 20 minute lesson reinforcements or as regular times table learning.
We recognise that all children learn in different ways and that they need to have opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills. For each times table there is a mixture of practical activities to develop their understanding and written activities to consolidate their knowledge.
The mixed times table sheets at the back of the book allow children to apply the skills gained in learning individual tables, working out for themselves which multiple facts and methods they need to use.
According to a research project published in the Journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology, tracing over mathmatical problems with one’s finger helps develop mathematical understanding.
Tracing can help when learning not only spatial topics such as shapes and angle relationships, but also for non-spatial tasks such as learning the order of tasks in arithmetic problems.
For instance, pupils who traced over the addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and brackets symbols in problems such as 7 x (31 – 20) + 56 ÷ (5 – 3) = ? solved more problems correctly on a subsequent test.
The study also found that pupils who traced over key elements of maths problems were able to solve other questions that extended the initial maths problem further, showing that the tracing was helping them develop a deeper, more flexible understanding of the problem-solving methods.
If a lesson connects directly with what is on the children’s minds, then the speed and depth of learning is greatly enhanced.
What is the most effective way of teaching times tables to every child?
Teachers Hannah Allum and Hannah Smart developed The Mighty Multiples Times Tables Challenge to improve maths attainment. They share their tips on how to replicate its success in the Guardian online.
Use this magical mental maths activity to motivate pupils into playing with numbers. Once hooked, they will want to try the method out again and again.
Let your pupils audition for a maths trivia show and help them develop their creative thinking skills.