T is for…Times Tables. Your times tables are one of the most important things you will ever learn in your life! No matter what job you decide to do when you leave school, you will find that you use your times tables.

When you know all your tables up to 10 x 10, you can use them to multiply much bigger numbers. For example if you know that 3 x 3 = 9, you can work out that 3 x 30 = 90 and

3 x 300 = 900. You can then use this knowledge to work out 3 x 37, which is the same as 3 x 30 (90) plus 3 x 7 (21) which is 90 + 21 = 111.

Why is this important? Imagine if you want to buy 7 stamps at 49p each:

7 x 4 = 28 so 7 x 40 = 280

7 x 9 = 63

280 + 63 = 343

So you would need 343p or £3.43

Simple if you know your tables. For some help and ideas for learning them, get an adult to read Teaching the Times Tables with you.