Learning the 4 times table: tips and tricks
Learning the 4 times table
Once the 2 and the 3 times table are in place, even if still a little slow, learning the 4 times table tends to be a little easier.
Children are beginning to become used to switching between columns, and the numbers are all even and still below 50. As in the 2 times table, the final digit of each answer repeats itself after 5x.
It can help children's understanding of number patterns to point out the links between the 2 times table and the 4 times table, and to emphasise doubling. (I would not do this if there were a risk of disturbing the developing knowledge of the table.)
4 times table tips and tricks
- Give plenty of practice on 2s,3s and 4s together. This really helps with higher tables, and 5 will come as light relief.
- Use two 2p pieces as units of 4 maths aids if you need to. These can then be split to reinforce the idea of doubling 2 and halving 4.
4 times tables practice worksheets and games
See below for some of TheSchoolRun's 4 times tables worksheets.
|4x table matching challenge||4x table practice||4x table number sentences|
|4x table practice drill||Number sequences||4x table speed grids|
|Find multiples of 4||Spot the wrong answers: 4x table||Speed grids: 4x table division facts|
We also have a SchoolRun Times Tables Learning Journey.