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When persuading children to learn their times tables I play a game called Gladiators. Answers for the times table being learned are written on the board in circles, eg 25, 15, 5, 20, 10, 30. Two children stand with a ruler in front of the board. I call "Gladiators ready?" And then I give them a times table eg 4x5 and the children have to point to the answer. The first child to say and find the answer stays in for the next round and another contestant is chosen. The children really enjoy this game and willingly learn their tables so that they can stay in the game longer.

Mrs Lynne Coyle mixed year 3year 4 teacher in Calderdale

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