Wasn’t the five times table the best? Twos, fives and tens – bring them on! Fives can quite easily be learned by rote – they are rhythmic and repetitive. However, rote learning has its negatives – the most obvious being that you have to ‘sing the whole song’ to get to your answer. It also only allows for a superficial understanding of what is really going on. Wouldn’t it be better if your child learned their five times tables in a number of different ways to strengthen their understanding?
This chart shows the five times tables visually – and also includes some number strategies to explore the five times table further. Can you multiply 24630 in an instant by five? Your maths superstar will soon be able to! Using extrapolation techniques such as the ones on this chart enables a greater aptitude for algebra in the future.
It’s so important for children to learn why they need to know their times tables, and the easiest times tables are the best ones to demonstrate this metacognition with – that is, learning how to learn. If you don’t know why you are learning it can be hard to persist with motivation – and impossible to learn a deeper understanding and gain good number sense.
As a bonus, this poster shows how five fits into the Fibonacci sequence, how a pentagram demonstrates the golden ratio and angles in a pentagon.