- He is confident with 2, 5 and 10 times tables. He can do 3s, but he has to work them out rather than knowing them by heart, so we need a little more work here. He says he can do some of his 6 times table, but not the 4s (which he did before the 6s).
- He does not understand how times tables work in the real world yet. I gave him 5 questions designed to see whether he could work out which were times tables and which were not, but he couldn't work it out (see here for more details of the test I gave him)
- He does understand that, for example, 6 x 4 is the same as 4 x 6, but he does not apply this unless I really press him. I asked him what 3 x 7 was and he said he didn't know because he hadn't done his 7 times table yet. When I asked if there was another way to work it out he didn't know, but when I asked if 7 x 3 would be the same he said "oh yeah, 21"
So, my next step with my son is to come up with a plan to change where is now into being totally confident with times tables.