Times Tables are fundamental to mathematical learning.
All children (from Y1-Y6) have access to Times Table Rock Star https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school. Children are encouraged to practice their times tables (and the inverse) under timed conditions, similar to those they will tested under in the national Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check.
At Overleigh St Marys, we believe that knowing our times tables will support us in other maths topics, multiplication, division, fractions, percentages to name just a few. It allows children to feel more confident in maths which allows them to access more complex procedures. When a child in confident in their times tables, this reduces their cognitive load when learning a new method. For example, when a child is learning the long multiplication method, if they already know their times tables, they can focus on the new method rather than having to count in 6s or 7s etc...
We use a range of strategies to teach times tables. It is not about pressure and panic but about enjoying their learning and investigating the patterns within times tables. Children will draw arrays, use hundred squares to find patterns, use concrete resources to make a times table and many more activities to explore the times table.
Resources to help you learn your timestables
White Rose 1 minute maths app - a free app available on android and apple devices which includes a times table section.
Times Table Rockstars - login and start practising your times tables.
Tablesmaster: How long does it take you to complete 20 questions of your chosen times table? Tablesmaster (transum.org)
Pinpoint Times Tables: Pinpoint Times tables Check - Start (themathsfactor.com)