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If you think of it, multiplication is just a quick way of adding over and over again. For instance, if 5 people are going to eat 3 potatoes each at dinner, that is 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3, a total of 15 potatoes. An easier way to say it is 5 multiplied by 3 (or 5 X 3). That's the basic idea your child needs to grasp when doing a multiplication sum.
If your child needs to go over the basics of multiplication, you might like to watch this Khan Academy video together. There are more advanced lessons on the same link. Oxford Owl Maths also has videos that you might find useful, or download the Oxford Owl PDF document top right. If your child finds maths difficult, talk to the teacher about ways you can support them.
Your child might have fun practising their multiplication online. This link leads to a choice of maths exercises by IXL suitable for fifth class students. Choose under the heading multiplication. If your child needs a confidence boost, start at a lower level, then advance. The good thing is that if you get the answer wrong, IXL will show you how to approach the sum. If you get the sum right first time, IXL praises you.
Maths makes sense to children when they use it in everyday life - like measuring things, working out distances, estimating food for dinner or money for groceries. The more opportunities you give your child to use the maths they learn at school through everyday activities the more they will understand and enjoy working with numbers.
Discuss maths that you see around you. For example, talk about sales in shops – half price, 25% off, what is good value? Or how much will the item cost after the discount?
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