Times Table Grid Games And Activities: Ideas Use It At KS2
The times tables grid is an essential tool when you’re teaching times tables to KS2 pupils at primary school; and it’s pretty handy for KS1 too. It’s the basis of many a times tables maths lesson but not everyone is aware of its versatility.
Here you can download several printable times tables grids as well as a selection of times tables grid games and activities to help you make the most of this valuable resource in your times tables teaching.
- What is a Times Tables Grid
- Times Tables Grid Up To 100
- 12 x 12 Times Tables Grid
- Blank Times Tables Grid
- Why Should You Use Times Tables Grids
- How To Use a Blank Times Tables Grid
- Times Tables Grids Can Be Used Across All Year Groups
- Times Tables Grid Games
- Other Ideas For Using Your Times Table Grid
- How Third Space Learning Uses Times Tables Grids
What is a Times Tables Grid
A times tables grid is a visual at a glance way of displaying all the multiplication tables at once. Generally you’ll use a 12 x 12 times tables grid or a 10 x 10 times tables grid (up to 100 grid).
A times tables grid is an incredibly versatile and effective learning resource, and, unlike teachers’ favourites (which we love too) Hit the Button and Times Tables Rockstars, they still work when the internet goes down or you can’t get access to any devices. All you need is some printed copies stashed away in your drawer.
It’s worth saying you may also encounter the times tables grid under its other names of a multiplication tables grid or a times tables square or even a 100 square, or a hundred square.
If you just want to get hold of our free downloadable times tables grids then you can do so here. Otherwise read on to be inspired and enthused in your times tables teaching.
Times Tables Grid Printable Resource Pack
If you are on the lookout for some ready made printable times tables grids for your class, this pack contains both ready made and blank grids you can use straight away.
Here’s what a times tables grid looks like.
Times Tables Grid Up To 100
12 x 12 Times Tables Grid
They’re simple but effective, and extremely versatile. As is a blank times tables grid and ‘partially completed’ grids like these.
Blank Times Tables Grid
Why Should You Use Times Tables Grids
Times Tables are the building blocks of so many elements of mathematics, and if you believe in the systematic teaching of times tables, then you should believe in the value of the humble times tables grid.
And of course, whether you agree with it or not, the Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check looms which provides even more onus to get these tables licked.
Treasuring times tables and making mastery of multiplication a central feature of your school’s culture is a key way to get ahead of the times tables game, as Chris Dyson of Parklands in Leeds has shown.
Check this young man out – it needs to be seen to be believed.
How To Use a Blank Times Tables Grid
First of all, make sure you’ve downloaded our times tables grid free resource pack with sample blank times tables grids for you to print out
- You could start with a blank times tables grid up to 100 – either with or without the factors marked on the leftmost and topmost column and row respectively – and have children fill them in themselves.
- Or, you could launch straight into having your pupils fill in theirs times tables grid up to 12 x 12 from scratch.
- Whether you choose to use a multiplication grid up to 100 or a one up to 12 x 12, the ‘filling in’ could happen at school, or it could be part of pupil’s home learning, filling in the relevant column or row depending on the times tables being focused on each week.
- Use the same format of a square of related facts to build knowledge of square numbers or decimals.
Each child’s grid could then be seen as a visual, numerical learning journal growing over time as their attention grows from one times table to the next.
Times Tables Grids Can Be Used Across All Year Groups
Times Tables Grid Activity Year 2 or Year 3
It can be an excellent tool to introduce pupils in Year 2 and 3 to multiplication and division facts, showing them the relationship between these two operations.
For example that 2 x 3 = 6 and that 6 ÷ 2 = 3. This is highlighted in our lessons ‘2, 5 and 10 times tables and division facts’ and ‘3, 4 and 8 times tables and division facts’.
Times Tables Grid Activity Year 3 or Year 4
For Years 3 and 4, when introducing the potentially confusing subject of multiples and factors, times tables grids are a simple pictorial representation of what is meant by a multiple or factor.
For example, looking at the 7 times table will highlight what numbers are factors of 7. By then showing pupils the multiplication calculation 7 x 9 = 63 this then shows them that 9 and 7 are factors of 63.
Times Tables Grid Activity Year 5 or Year 6
Multiplication in year 5 and year 6 is mostly focused on reinforcing what was learnt in lower years – so a times tables grid is perfect for those pupils still lagging a little ways behind.
Multiplication grids are only really limited by your imagination in the classroom, and due to their pictorial nature, they are also excellent tools to be used when working with children learning difficulties.
Times Tables Grid Games
We promised you some times tables grid games so here are a few you can play with your class.
Times Tables Grid Game 1: Grid Dice
For our times tables grid dice game, as you might have already guessed, you’ll need blank black and white grids up to 12 x 12 (the yellow section will be explained!) and pairs of six-sided dice.
You could adapt the template to fit the requirements of your year group’s requirements within the National Curriculum. For example, Year 3 are expected to “recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables”.
Times Tables Grid Dice Game Instructions:
Children can play this game in pairs or as a table group.
- Each child should have a pen or pencil of their own colour, and one die each.
- To begin with the children can roll one die to find the first factor and then the same di to choose the second factor. So, if they rolled 2 and then 6, they would fill in the 2 x 6 cell and the 6 x 2 cell – a good time to demonstrate multiplication staying true to the commutative law.
- Once they’ve filled in up to 6 x 6 – the purpose of the yellow cells/box within the grid – they can start rolling both dice each time it’s their ‘go’.
- If they roll a multiplication that’s already been filled in, they miss a go.
- Once the grid is entirely filled in, the children count up how many cells they’ve filled correctly (using one of our printable times tables grid up to 12 x 12 to check their answers).
(You can differentiate by setting up the game using a blank times tables grid up to 100, again checking at the end using a printable times tables grid up to 100.)
Times Tables Grid Game 2: Grid Races
Times Tables Grid Races are simple enough…
Start with columns and rows headed in numerical order. Children race to fill in their blank times tables grid as quickly as possible (noting down the time taken to do so to allow them to see if they can improve on their time during future races).
Again, you can differentiate or show progression by using both times tables grids up to 100 and grids up to 12 x 12.
You could then move your pupils on to races with the numerical column and row headings inverted.
From that point onwards, it’s best to randomise the column and row headings on the children’s blank grids.
Additional Times Tables Grid Activities
If you really wish to challenge your pupils, you could have randomized products inside cells on a times tables chart. This means that pupils have to work out which column and row headings to place based on their times tables knowledge – or knowledge of times tables rules.
An examples of this is how all numbers in the five times table end with the digits 5 or 0, or that the sum of the digits in the nine times table is either 9 or in the case of 9 x 11 = 99…. 9 + 9 = 18 (a multiple of nine itself at least, which – again – if the sum of the digits is added together finally makes 9 too).
The true problem solvers will quickly cotton on that they can copy the headings for the columns and rows using the numbers in the one times table column and row respectively.
You can test how much they’ve mastered their multiplication knowledge by asking for a reasoned explanation for their hack or shortcut!
Use Times Tables Grids to encourage reasoning from known facts
Reasoning from derived facts and the ability to incorporate multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1,000 are key mental strategies that can improve children’s speed and confidence, especially when working through KS2 SATs papers.
The grid below demonstrates how they can be used as the perfect pro forma to positively impact children’s multiplication agility – especially when used as a times tables grid race!
column headings to extend the life of this idea / resource!
To extend the format further, you could also have a mixture of filled in product cells and empty column / row heading cells to challenge children to work out what the original factors were in your times tables worksheet…
Other Ideas For Using Your Times Table Grid
The times table worksheets in the attached download show some structured ideas for using times tables grids to learn times tables. In fact, as times tables are the foundation stone for so many other topics like division or fractions a times tables grid up to 12 x 12 is actually a fantastic resource to help children in these other topics.
- without the cognitive load of working out their times tables facts, reference to their times tables grid can help a child access reasoning activities that would otherwise be beyond him.
- Having a multiplication grid could be the difference between a child being able to simplify a fraction or not
- It also allows a child to choose an effective common denominator rather than being left adrift in their fractions learning.
- Laminate and used as a poster or just a desk resource, the times tables grid will act as a remind to all pupils of what they’ve learnt and what is still outstanding.
How Third Space Learning Uses Times Tables Grids
Although our tutors have been trained to use times tables grids as a last resort, encouraging pupil independence and elicitation of known multiplication facts (including times tables knowledge) wherever possible, a grid is included in the toolkit of learning aids our specialist maths tutors use when working 1-to-1 with pupils in their online maths intervention lessons.
A grid can be dragged onto a slide at the tutor’s discretion to support a pupil in getting to the answer using the strategy they’ve identified – whether they’re multiplying or dividing. This is especially useful once pupils begin learning the long multiplication method and the long division method.
Better still, the virtual times tables grids used by pupils in their maths intervention lessons work much like a mini-whiteboard or laminated grid.
Pupils can make notes on the grid, personalise it, make it work for them in their learning, leave it to one side (by hiding it) and then return to it with the same annotations which often prove useful if it’s returned to later on in the lesson.
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