How does your child learn mathematics at Nailsworth?

The order in which children learn maths is important; each step builds on the previous, so the order in which concepts are taught at Nailsworth is carefully considered.

You can see an overview of your child’s year in Maths and the calculation methods they are learning via the links below. This will tell you the concepts we will be covering so that you can help at home. The calculation methods taught may be slightly different to how you learnt at school – watch out for our parent information sessions where you can come and talk to teachers and learn more about the calculation methods we use. Sometimes we might be slightly ahead – sometimes slightly behind – but we will keep to this order so you know what is coming up.

Click the link to your child’s year group:


Times Tables

All children in year 4, 5 and 6 are expected to know all of their times tables up to 12 x 12 and recall these quickly and confidently.

As of 2019-2020, in year 4, all children have to take a statutory government times tables test which covers all times tables up to 12 x 12. This is a timed test, using mental arithmetic, so it will be essential that children are able to rapidly recall all multiplication facts. Children will practice in class and this will need to be embedded through repetition at home as well.

Knowing times tables is crucial to success in so many areas of maths. Here are the national expectations:

  • Year 1 – Count in multiples of twos, fives and tens.
  • Year 2 – To recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables.
  • Year 3 – To recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables.
  • Year 4 – To recall multiplication and division facts for all multiplication tables up to 12×12. Government test takes place in June 2020.
  • Year 5 – Multiply and divide numbers mentally drawing upon known facts e.g. 30 x 40, 70 x 80, 0.7 x 6
  • Year 6 – To perform mental calculations, including mixed operations and large numbers.
Times Tables at home

Times Tables Rockstars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help children master the times tables up to 12×12.  It is available as an app or online, just search for Times Table Rockstars or follow the link on this page.  We have already had enthusiastic reports from children who have tried it. So, what are you waiting for?! Click to download the guidance document to get started:


Here’s a few more ideas for ways to help your child learn their times tables:

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  • Use a pack of cards. Have your child choose 2 cards and multiply these together. Or start with the times table e.g. x 6 you are working on then choose other cards in turn saying the multiplication each time e.g. 6 x 4, 6 x 9
  • Quiz each other while walking or driving to school or around the shops
  • Say the multiples e.g 3, 6, 9, 12 as you go up the stairs
  • Make a times tables poster together to go on the bedroom wall
  • Speed writing – how quickly can you write all the facts of the times table of your choice?
  • Create rhymes to help children remember facts. Saying or singing the times tables in silly voices and making up tunes is also always a lot of fun!
  • Use dominoes: Choose a domino and multiply the two numbers together. Make it a game!
  • Air writing: write out the times tables in the air with your finger – make your movements as big as you can!
  • Have a look on Pinterest or search for times tables printables online. There are lots of fun games and activities you can print and play together.
  • There are also lots of videos you can find online to help learn times tables. The Mr DeMaio times tables songs on YouTube are great! You can view them by clicking here.
What else can you do at home?

At Nailsworth, we believe a little and often is best! Maths is all around us in everything we do. You can help your children to notice this … telling the time, measuring ingredients for a cake, counting fruit or veg into the basket, estimating how far they can kick a football, playing a game of cards… make maths part of every day conversation.

Other useful websites:

Here are some links that might help develop your child’s mathematical knowledge. Remember maths is fun and extremely useful – never say I’m no good at maths. All children can do maths to the highest level and maybe these links will help them get there.

Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2