Resources - Maths

10th September 2010 at 01:00

What the lesson is about

This is the introductory lesson to a series of daily sessions on the times tables, learning a different one each week. It is aimed at key stage 2 pupils.


- at the end of the series, pupils will be able to recall accurately their times tables from memory and at speed.

Getting started

Write the 0 x table onto the whiteboard in one colour, and the 1 x table in another. Ask the children if there are any easy ways to do the 0 and 1 x table. If they do not know it already, explain that 0 x anything is 0 and 1 x anything is anything. Ask the class to write the 0 and 1 x tables in their jotters, using different colours, but keeping 1 x 0 in the 1 x table the same colour as 0 x 1 in the 0 x table.

Explain the "secret" of the commutative law, that a x b = b x a, so that the first entry of the 1 x table is just the same as 0 x 1 in the 0 x table, hence they are the same colour.

Taking it further

Ask the pupils to choose a different colour for the 2 x table and ask the pupils what colours you would need to write the 2 x table.

Write the 2 x table on the board, using the same colour as the 0 x table for 0 x 2, the same colour as the 1 x table for 1 x 2, and the third colour for the rest of the table. Ask the pupils to write the times table in their jotters.

Explain to the class that you will be focusing on the 2 x table and will be doing a series of activities through the week, that you will then repeat for the other times tables in future weeks.

Teach the children clapping chants to learn their times tables, using associated movements to help them remember. Combine tests, games and activities to help the pupils memorise the tables.

Where to find it

The introductory lesson, plus details about activities and tests, were originally uploaded by Camerona, and can be found at

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