TES Maths ROTW: Family of facts

Craig Barton
01st February 2016

TES Maths Resource of the Week

Resource title: Family of facts

Resource author: Wilkieway

What is it?

This year, I teach a low-ability Year 7 class, who really struggle with their times tables. Since I believe that times tables are the key to success in maths (as so much future knowledge relies on a sound understanding and recall of them), I make sure we practise them every week.

It's hard to find different ways to keep the lessons interesting so I was delighted when I found this simple but very effective fact family game, which my students always enjoy playing. This particular resource focuses on the sixes, but the author has made them for each of the other times tables too.

How can it be used?

The author suggests two ways of playing this game. Initially, students need to find the cards that make a family. A family is made up of four different coloured cards; two multiplication facts and two division facts. 

Once the facts are secure, it can be extended into a memory game. Learners simply lay all of the cards face down and try to find the paris that belong together. This could be two multiplications, two divisions or one multiplication and one division. Once all of the pairs have been found, each player attempts to make families of four from those they have collected. The player with the most families is the winner. 


Craig Barton

Craig is a secondary maths teacher in the North of England.

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