A Little Secret about learning the 2, 3, 5 & 10 timestables for QTS students and 8 year olds

Most of you won't need to read this post.  That's cool :)  If you do, that's also fine - you can still nail this QTS test.

First off.

You do not memorise the timestables by rote.

So if you have a son or daughter, do NOT start going 1 x 6 =   6, 2 x 6 = 12 over a bowl of coco pops.

It's all about building blocks.

And if you are a QTS student, or a 8 year old it's the same process.

First you need to know your 2 timestables.  You'll know these if you can add on in 2's e.g 6 + 2 = 8.

Once you've learnt these, you can do your 10's.  Easy right - add on a 0.  Then do your 5's.   easy because it goes 5,0,5,0 like 5, 10, 15, 20.........

Cool.  You know 3 timestables so far.

How about learning the 3's?

Ok, it's getting harder now, you will need to add in little bits - either 2 or 1 e.g 9 + 3.   9 + 1 = 10, 10 + 2 = 12

Ok so now you can use  your building blocks.  6 x 3.  Well we know 5 x 3 = 15 because that's the same as 3 x 5, and then we add on a 3 so 15 + 3 =  18.