Learning the 5, 10, 11 and 12 times table: tips and tricks

Tips and tricks to help you help your child master the "easy" times tables (5, 10, 11 and 12), plus worksheets, games and activities to put the learning into practice.

The "easy" multiplication tables: 5x, 10x, 11x and 12x

Whether they learn them in KS1 (once they have mastered the 2 times table), or in KS2, the 5 and 10 times table are straightforward for most children, and the 11 and 12 times table come as a welcome relief after the tricky 7 times table. Read John Bald's general introduction to times tables learning before you start!

Learning the 5 times table

If children learn one multiplication table easily, it is almost always the 5 times table. The final digit is always 5 or 0, and this easy pattern makes it an excellent half-way point in tables learning. Teach fives as you have the other tables, practising if need be. Don't take it for granted, and don't go too fast – if your child makes a mistake, go back two or three steps.

If your child does find 5s difficult, use 5 and 10p pieces as practical props to help them.

Learning the 10 times table

Really just counting in the tens rather than the units column, and very easy. Continue to 12x10 to begin to build awareness of numbers over 100.

Learning the 11 times table

Counting in both the units and the tens columns at once this time, and again very easy. Use coins if you need props, and once again continue to 12x11.

Learning the 12 times table

Counting in one column and applying the 2 times table in the other. The 12 times table isn't as easy as 10s and 11s, but neither is the largest table children learn in primary school the most difficult.

This definitely repays practice using general times table learning techniques, and builds confidence once children know it. It is, after all, the biggest, and this matters to small children growing up.

5, 10, 11 and 12 times tables practice worksheets and games

For a selection of times tables worksheets see below or look through our Times Tables Learning Journey.

 10x table quick quiz Find multiples of 5 5x table number sentences 12x table patterns Finding multiples of 12 12x table matching challenge Find multiples of 11 Spot the wrong answers: 11x table 12x table number sentences