Want to build a tower that’s 10 rows tall? Each row has 9 blocks. How many blocks will I need?

That’s multiplication.

Want to know if you add afford 3 of those 34p chocolate bars with your £1?

That’s multiplication.

You know your journey is 180mins long, but how many hours is that?

That’s division… or multiplication in reverse.

There’s also: repeated fractions, ratio, proportion, scale factors, algebra, angles, perimeter, area… the list is HUGE! And knowing those key multiplication facts can make every one of those processes easier.

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## So How Can PARENT’S HOMEWORK HUB HELP with multiplication?

Of course, there’s the profoundly now-outdated adage of “you won’t have a calculator with you everywhere you go.” Whilst this is certainly no longer true thanks to nifty mobile phones, tablets, smartwatches, Alexa etc., having that recall lessens that reliance, helping to make links beyond maths and more.

Our viewpoints on the Government’s introduction of the ‘Year 4 Multiplication check’ of ALL times tables up to 12×12, is neither here nor there, but the assessment is there and we are here to help you support your child in becoming a times tables whizz (or at least become a little more confident) to reduce anxieties as well as give them key skills that they WILL use on a daily basis. Maybe we can help you brush up on those recall skills too!

## Which Multiplication TABLES Does your child need to know?

In the UK, Early Years (or Foundation Stage) and early Key Stage 1 need secure basic number recognition and value as well as developing an understanding of doubling and halving simple numbers. The National Curriculum breakdowns the specific multiplications for each year group up to Year 4 as once they have learned all of the tables, your child will be learning to apply that knowledge in so many different ways.

Year 1: To count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10 from 0.

Year 2: To count in steps of 2, 5 and 10 from 0 and count back again.

To recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.

Year 3: To count in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100 from 0.

To recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times tables.

Year 4: To count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1,000.

To recall multiplication and division facts up to 12×12.

Year 5: To multiply and divide numbers mentally drawing on known facts.

Year 6: To use knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the four

operations

## But there’s much more!

Click here to look at all of the objectives covered by the statements in the National Curriculum. I’ve picked out the key links to multiplication, but there are bound to be more!

## MULTIPLICATIONS in a muddle?

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