Parents read this paragraph to help your child improve in their numeracy skills today!

A well-known lecturer of maths Mr Peter Hughes has revised his latest thoughts of the times tables, basic facts and place value systems.

According to literature, the Chinese people have an excellent approach to the teaching and retaining of knowledge for basic facts, times tables and place value.

Following the 3 step approach you should see some improvements in your child/ren’s ability. But this must be practised daily and for at least 15-20 minutes.

Step 1/one: Use the meaning of multiplication to work out the answer. For example: usedoublesto solve2 times tables.

Step 2/two:Practise repeatedly – orally/rote counting.

Step 3/three:apply the recalled fact with place value problems particularly with numbers written in words rather than digits. For example:2 x seventy = 14tens because2 x 7 = 14.

14 tens = 1 hundred + 4 tens because the maximum number of tens in the place value column is 9.

1 hundred + 4 tens = 140 this uses the place value code.

Times tables to be learnt:

2times – 2×2, 2×3, 2×4, 2×5, 2×6, 2×7, 2×8, 2×9 8 facts

3times- 3×3, 3×4, 3×5, 3×6, 3×7, 3×8, 3×9 7 facts

4 times- 4×4, 4×5, 4×6, 4×7, 4×8, 4×9 6 facts

5 times- 5×5, 5×6, 5×7, 5×8, 5×9 5 facts

6 times- 6×6, 6×7, 6×8, 6×9 4 facts

7 times- 7×7, 7×8, 7×9 3 facts

8 times- 8×8, 8×9 2 facts

9 times- 9×9 1 fact

Hardest times table to learn = 8×7 or 7×8.

Put four fingers up counting the first as 5, second 6, third 7 and last finger as 8.

Take the third and fourth 7×8 fingers 5 & 6 turn into 56. (Grid below has been stretched as a mistake)

x 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

2 46 8 10 12 14 16 18 3 912 15 18 21 24 27 4 1620 24 28 32 36 5 2530 35 40 45 6 3642 48 54 7 4956` 63 8 6456 9 81

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