Times tables are merely one way to structure numbers to help you see connections. But they can be unhelpful if students don't make the leap to seeing real multiplication past the repeated addition of times table lists. .
Prime Colours offers a different model of multiplication that helps students to experience multiplication in the same way that they learn to experience addition using counters or blocks.
Prime Colours helps you transform your times tables by focusing on these 3 aspects:
There's no way around it. Practice makes permanent. But how you practise is a different matter. Play provides the most powerful form of repetitive practice. Practice makes permanent. We need it to make actions and responses automatic so that we can combine them to do more complex things. Children will practise procedures on a gamepad for a video game until they get the outcome they want. We see play and practice are very closely linked. Or can be.
With Prime Colours cards, you play card games that provide cues to recall arithmetic facts. You can practise multiplication in a way that allows self checking. You can practise mindfully, visually and physically. With Prime Colours, maths practice literally comes off the page.
Learning times tables is about organising facts in a way that helps you recall them. But that's not much use if the connections don't allow you to use them when doing real maths. Times tables are a great thing to learn if you are asked a question in that format (and preferably in order). When problem solving with maths, it is likely to be more helpful to have practised learning more about the relationships between the numbers than how to respond to set questions.
Investigate other ways to learn organise multiplication facts such as actual tables (as opposed to lists). Prime Colours gets you to build a web of conncetions between facts that helps you remember them more easily by seeing one number as linked to lots of others.
We all experience addition. Multiplication is a bit more complex. We can experience it as repeated addition but that can be very limiting. We can experience it as arrays or as rectangles but we can't manipulate them so easily. With Prime Colours, you can bring abstract multiplication out of your head and into the real world. Once you've experienced the system, you won't believe how easy it all is.
...and it's not just times tables. Prime Colours helps you to practise every area of arithmetic. Try out a few of our sample games to practise number bonds, addition of 2 digit numbers, working out change and much more.