Some things need to be memorised in maths and at year 7, all of the times tables including the division facts should be instant recall. If these are in place, then work on the stage 8 knowledge which is converting fractions to decimals to percentages - see the table below for the ones which need to be instant recall. This page covers learning the times tables, basic facts for stage 8 and activities to consolidate place value which is absolutely vital for understanding decimals. Tricks for learning the times tables:10x - all end in 05x - 5x an even number ends in 0, 5x an odd number ends in 5 2x - even numbers, all end in 2, 4, 6, 8, or 0 9x - the first digit of the answer is 1 less than the number you are multiplying by. So if you are multiplying 9 by 6 (9x6) the first digit of the answer will be 5_ (so you know its in the 50s). The second digit of the answer is whatever you have to add to the first one to make the number 9. So 5+4= 9 so the second digit of the answer is 4. 9x6=54. 4x - same as the 2x table but double the answer e.g. 3x2=6 so 3x4=12 8x - same as the 4x table but double the answer e.g. 3x4=12 so 3x8=24 3x - learn it first by skip counting and then you just have to learn thi one 6x - same as the 3x but double the answer e.g. 7x3=21 so 7x6=42 7x - sorry you just have to learn this one but if you know all the other tables, you will only need to learn 7x7=49 ## Families of FactsDivision facts are the opposite of multiplication facts so:3x4=12 and 12 divided by 3 = 4 - notice its all the same numbers The family of facts for this is: 3x4=12, 4x3=12, 12 divided by 3 = 4, 12 divided by 4 = 3 To know your times tables thoroughly you also need to know the division facts. To learn times tables focus on one table at a time - singing or reciting it does work, also you can make flash cards with the fact on one side and the answer on the other side. Writing them up and putting them on the bedroom, or toilet, wall isn't a bad idea.PLACE VALUE IS VITAL FOR LEARNING ABOUT DECIMALS which is needed in year 7. The following games and activities will help with place value and you can't do enough of it.Another very good way of learning place value and covering previous gaps is through E-Ako on the NZMaths site.
Number learning with card games
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Worksheets for all aspects of maths - good for practice |