# Spotlight on the Classroom

## Why is it important?

Knowledge of factors, mental computation skills, and the ability to think in multiples make the Multiplicative Relations process so much easier! Fluency with multiplication tables is essential for further mathematics and in everyday life. Students in Years 5 and 6 have been using informal written strategies such as the area model, distributive model, and formal algorithms to solve multiplication problems. In the photo on the left, Year 5/6 students point to their strategy of choice when calculating multiplication problems.

## Strategies we have learnt...

TIPS FOR PARENTS:

Use Real-Life Examples

Grocery Shopping: Ask your child to calculate the total cost of multiple items or compare prices to determine better deals.

Cooking: Use recipes to illustrate multiplication, such as doubling or dividing a recipe into portions.

Use highlighters to mark important information. Word problems can be overwhelming, but you can help your child break them down by only highlighting the important parts. Teach them to highlight important numbers and key phrases in math problems so they can focus on what matters.

Discuss and use all the different words used for the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) in everyday situations.

Real-World Scenarios: Incorporate multiplication questions into daily activities, like setting the table (e.g., "If each person gets 3 pieces of cutlery, how many pieces do we need for 4 people?").

## Year 3 and 4

TIPS FOR PARENTS:

Times tables are a brilliant brain-training exercise for students. Good times table knowledge is vital for quick mental maths calculations and problem-solving. For example, if a child knows that 6 x 3 = 18, they will be able to work out that 6 x 30 = 180 or 60 x 3 = 180 almost instantly.