Any child who knows their tables off by heart is at a huge advantage over those who don’t know them. Many maths problems and techniques, such as long multiplication and division, rely on knowing tables, so it is really worth the effort to learn them. Watch how the grid is filled in as it gives good clues as to what has been learned (which takes no time at all to answer) and what has been ‘worked out’ (which might take a while). Say the table out loud many times – there are songs and recordings that will help.
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