Posted by Peter on 15th March 2011

Learning the 4 times table

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The normal route through learning tables is to start with the twos and tens as these are probably the tables most familiar to children. The next stage is usually to learn the fives, followed by fours. The four times table has a number of characteristics which can be pointed out to help children. Firstly, all the answers are even, so must end in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8. Secondly it is double the two times tables. Doubling is a very powerful mental arithmetic tool and some cultures incorporate it into all their multiplying.

This is a page most suited to those just starting to learn their four times table as it has a number line to help. Try to use this only when uncertain of the answer. It can be found in our Four Rules section, under Tables. It is expected that children in Year 3 (7/8 years old) should be learning this table and have a good knowledge of it by the end of the year.

4 times table (3)

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