The Cherbourg Primary Times Table Challenge!

Since the changes to the National Curriculum in 2014, there has been a big emphasis on children learning their times tables facts and the related division facts earlier in their learning journey. As stated in the National Curriculum

  • By the end of year 2, pupils should be able to count in steps of 2, 3 and 5 from 0, and in tens from any number forward and backward
  • By the end of year 2, pupils should be able to recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers
  • By the end of year 4, pupils should be able to recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12x12
  • There will no longer be a separate calculator paper in Key Stage 2 SATs so mental calculations are gaining even greater prominence in primary schools.

It is therefore important for the children to confidently, quickly and accurately recall their times table and division facts which can be achieved through continual practise, both in and out of school.

The Times Table Challenge

At Cherbourg, we feel it is important for the children to become able mathematicians who are enthusiastic about the subject. We are therefore launching a ‘Times Table Challenge’ for years 1-6 to encourage the children to accept new learning challenges with the opportunity to earn certificates for their progress and achievements. This approach will give the children a great advantage in their Key Stage 2 SATs tests which require the children to use their multiplication and division facts to solve a number of calculations in a timed period.

The children will be placed on an appropriate Times Table Challenge which is suited to their ability after their teacher has assessed their current times table knowledge. They will then have the opportunity to progress through the six awards shown below:

How will The Times Table Challenge work?

To ensure it makes maximum impact on the children’s learning, the children will take the Times Table Challenge pack home to work on as part of their maths homework - 3 times a week each week. In order to progress on to the next award, your child needs to achieve full marks on three separate occasions in a times table test given by the teacher once a week during a mathematics lesson.

The test will be timed (five or ten minutes depending on the child’s stage) to ensure the children are calculating the answers mentally rather than finding the answer with support.  Once your child has completed the challenge and achieved a certificate for the award, they will have the opportunity to earn an additional certificate through the ‘Plus’ system.

The Plus Awards

Each award will have a ‘Plus’ award which will enable the children to use their ‘inverse’ knowledge to recall the related division facts with speed and accuracy. To become a ‘Master’, your child will need to be able to recall any times table or division fact up to 12x12 in a reduced time limit. 

We feel having a whole school approach will enthuse Cherbourg pupils as they have shown they enjoy accepting learning challenges and it ensure continuity across the school. We would like all children to achieve and succeed with their Times Tables Challenges and whilst we will continue working with the children to learn their tables at school, we would like them to also be encouraged to practise at home.

To support home learning, you can find all the award sets provided below.


The Cherbourg Times Table Challenge Masters can recall any times table or division fact up to 12x12 in a reduced time limit
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