Mastering instant recall of the Multiplication Table is KEY to math as the building block for division, fractions, algebra, long multiplication, percentages etc.
Research by Ofsted, the schools watchdog, concluded:
“pupils without instant recall of the multiplication table struggle in math”.
“Many low-attaining secondary pupils struggle with instant recall of tables“.
“Lack of fluency with multiplication tables is a significant impediment to fluency with multiplication and division“.
“It is really important that children have the tools of arithmetic at their finger tips.” “Without that it is like sending a plumber out to do a job without knowing how to use a spanner“. (Jean Humphrys, Ofsted’s education director)