Sunday, July 21, 2024

Times Table Aerobics

by Mark Warner
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Ages: 7-11
Sue Jeremy

This can be used as a mental starter or a quick wake up / five minute filler – it’s particularly useful to reinforce times tables knowledge.

I choose 2 -3 tables depending on time, often related ones, e.g. 2’s and 4’s.

Demonstrate 2 or 3 aerobic moves, e.g. alternate twists at the waist, punching right to left and so on, depending on how many tables you want to cover. Explain which move is for which table.

All the children stand up and gently jog on the spot (make sure everyone has room to stretch their arms out without touching anyone else). The children chant their tables while completing the aerobics moves.

I find the children love it – it can also be used as a PE warm-up. It forces both sides of the brain to kick in, as one side focuses on the movements, and the other side has to come up with the maths. It also encourages children to think ahead to the next part of the table to ensure they get it right.

I have found the children’s table knowledge has really improved if I use it 2 or 3 times a week, and it helps wake them up and be ready to learn.

It’s a good idea to close the classroom door as it can be noisy!

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