__Maths Homework Tips __

Maths questions can be solved in many ways and although a certain way is used in the classroom it may be useful to your child’s learning to realise that there is another way of getting to the answer.

Any way you can think to help from cutting up a pizza to making little piles of raisins to explain tables really work and help make memorable learning.

**Encouraging maths in everyday situations**

Links to Education Scotland Parentzone Website:

Measurement

Money

**Calendar Games** - Using a calendar to count down days. Calculating how many weeks and months that there is until a special time

**Supermarket Games** - Picking the number of fruit and vegetables. Weighing- Picking the cheapest

**Board Games** - Monopoly, Battleships, Dominoes, Uno, Rummikub, Magic cauldron Game

**Card Games** - Snap, Patience, Newmarket, Spit - all promote sequencing. Pontoon - Adding

**Playing darts** - Adding, Subtraction, Counting

**Playing snooker** - Adding up the scores

**Baking and cooking** - Measuring and weights practice

**Using a timetable** - Work out a journey

**Using maps** - Working out distance

**Playing bingo** - number recognition

**Singing songs** - 10 green bottles, 1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive.

**Reading Books** - with a maths theme

**Fridge magnets** - Make some sums with number magnets

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**Multiplication Tips **

Every multiplication has a pair, which may be easier to remember. For example if you forget 8×5, you might remember 5×8.

**Zero and One Times Tables: Could This Get Any Easier? **

Check this out: if you multiply **ANYTHING** by zero, the answer is zero. Anything. 4 x 0 = 0 and 1,000,000 x 0 = 0. One times tables are almost as easy. Any number multiplied by one is always itself. "Huh," you say? Well, check it out: 1 x 10 = 10, 1 x 42 = 42, 8,726 x 1 = 8,726.

**Two Times Tables: Double Your Pleasure**

When you multiply a number by two, you just double that number. So, if you want to figure out what 2 x 7 is, you just add 7 + 7 (the answer is 14, by the way). Any number times two is the same as that number **PLUS** itself. Here's one more example: 2 x 5 is the same as 5 + 5, which equals 10.

**Four Times Tables: Double, Double Trouble**

OK, so now that you have the twos figured out, it's time to **get doubling** again. This is not as confusing as it may sound. When you multiply four with anything, you have to use the **doubling-up trick** (that's the one you used for the two times table) twice. Here's an example: 4 x 7 is the same as 7 + 7 = 14 and then 14 + 14 = 28. So 4 x 7 = 28. Here's another **double, double** example: 4 x 10 is the same as 10 + 10 = 20, so then 20 + 20 = 40. So the answer is 4 x 10 = 40.

**Five Times Tables: It's Why You Have Fingers**

First things first - can you **count to five?** Yeah? Then you can figure out your five times tables. So, when you want to multiply a number by five you just count up **by fives** that may times. Let's review how to count by fives: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25... and so on. Got it? So if you want to multiply 5 x 7, you just count by fives, seven times. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, **35**. So 7 x 5 = 35. If you have trouble keeping track, just use your fingers.

**Nine Times Tables - One Seriously Handy Tip**

Here is a fun way to remember your nine times tables. For this method you are going to need to have **two hands**. Put your hands in front of you with your palms towards you. Your fingers represent the numbers **one to ten** (one is your left thumb; ten is your right thumb). Now you're ready to do your **nine times tables**. Let's say the question is**9 x 4**. Count to the **fourth finger** (if you've counted right, it will be the ring finger on your left hand) and curl that finger under. Now you have three fingers up before that finger and 6 up after it. So **the answer is 36**. Let's try **9 x 8**. Put down the 8th finger (middle finger on the right hand) so that you have seven fingers up before the finger you curled under, and two fingers afterward. So **the answer is 72**.

**Ten Times Tables: Just Add Zero and Stir**

If you want to multiply something by 10, just **add a zero** on the end. Here's an example: 10 x 8 = 80 or 10 x 100 = 1,000. Try it with **any number** - from one to a billion.

Click the link below to download our Strategy help sheets:

Multiplication and Division Strategies

Addition Strategies

Subtraction Strategies

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/re/heriot/parental-support-videos-numeracy/

Read more: __Multiplication Times Tables Tips and Tricks__

Please also see the attached link for further information from Education Scotland.

http://edscot.org.uk/LQE-28Y8I-8B3CY0J046/cr.aspx