Fun ways to teach year 2 (grade 1) times tables, times tables worksheet, snap game & colourful maths game arrays

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I have found that by teaching children repeated addition you can introduce the concept of multiplication very easily, quickly and in a fun way. You can also use what is known as arrays.

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Arrays are used to get a better understanding of multiplication for year 2. The number of rows in an array represents the number of groups. The columns represent the number of items in each group.
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3 rows (groups) x 2 columns (items in each group) = 6 total items

<![endif]–>The multiplication sentence is the number of rows times the number of columns. Children can skip count to get the answer.

3 rows x 2 columns = 6
3 rows (groups) x 2 columns (items in each group) = 6 total
Teaching the times tables multiplication can be done in any order unlike division and subtraction. It is a good idea to turn them around and show how numbers could be reversed.
Kids are expected to know their multiplication tables by the year 5. There is an easy way to learn the times tables. Times tables can sometimes seem tedious and boring for children, but keep at it and do not give up. Try different methods, maths games, times tables games, maths snap, online maths times tables games, rote method, repeating, and learning via a song.
When children are in KS1 they learn to count in 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s. They can do this using a 100 square or a number line. As soon as children can count in sequence to 100 they should be taught 2’s, 5’s, 10’s. This is a fundamental part of them developing multiplication skills. They can do this from year 1.

Children normally learn the 3 (three) times tables, 4 (four) times tables and 8 (eight) times tables in school year 3.

Children can learn the multiplication tables from a young age. Just select activities that they will enjoy!


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