Y1 (soon to be Y2) times table Apps

(10 Posts)
Looksgoodingravy Mon 15-Jul-13 13:19:02

Hi

I've read some historic posts on here with regards to times table Apps, Percy Parker being one of them. This is to aid ds when he starts in Y2 and I wanted something fun to share with him.

Just asking the likes of mrz and others whether this App is still a firm favourite or whether there is any others recommended.

Thanks in advance.

Squeebles all the way. I also got dd the division one so she can apply her times tables tother way around.

Elibean Mon 15-Jul-13 16:52:03

dd2, just finishing Y1, knows half her tables thanks to good old Percy.

She also has Squeebles, firm favourite. There is also an app called primary maths which she enjoys, takes them up to end of Y2 levels, apparently (only just got it).

smable Mon 15-Jul-13 16:57:26

Another vote for squeebles I play the fractions one just for fun I like it so much

I also play for fun smable. We need a "needs to get a life emoticon" grin

numbum Mon 15-Jul-13 17:13:25

Does Squeebles actually teach times tables or just test you on them until you get them right?

PickleFish Mon 15-Jul-13 18:36:17

There's a site mrz I think recommended a while back that lists various apps by subject and is uk based

Apps4PrimarySchools

Looksgoodingravy Mon 15-Jul-13 22:44:51

Thank you all. Will look into these. Ds recent school report stated that he's an excellent mathematician, he's met all of his targets and his mental maths is strong, however further practice of multiplication facts will enable him to become quicker within mental maths sessions.

I will speak to his teacher at parents evening this week but it's great to get your opinions on the best apps.

PastSellByDate Tue 16-Jul-13 10:26:07

PC Advisor has TOP 10 Maths apps here: www.pcadvisor.co.uk/features/software/3380559/best-maths-apps-for-children/

Oxford School Improvement has top ten maths apps list here: fds.oup.com/www.oup.com/pdf/oxed/primary/top-10-maths-apps.pdf

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Not an APP - but can be downloaded to computer:

Timez Attack: www.bigbrainz.com/

There is a two level free version which we found was fine - but there are more expensive versions with other platforms you can buy. The programme starts by testing your times table knowledge and letting you start where you're at.

You can be a little boy or girl ogre.

Your mission is to run through a dungeon or castle and solve multiplication problems. They are presented vertically - so 4 x 4 for example - then to the side are blocks with blue dots for the repeated additions - so in this case 4 blocks with 4 blue dots. These turn into a blue ball which bounces on the floor and becomes a snail. You have to round up 4 snails - and then throw them against a wall. This counts up the fours - snail 1 - 4, snail 2 - count 8, snail 3 - count 12, snail 4 - count 16 (teaching you that multiplication is simply multiple additions). You then have to solve the vertical multiplication problem by typing in the answer - in this case 4 x 4 = 16.

At this point a medium-sized ogre comes out and quizzes you on this problem and two previous problems. Once you've passed the quiz you can continue exploring. Every so often a Giant Ogre comes out and quizzes you on all the past problems. It will record which problems you don't solve and give you those again on the next level.

Once you've worked through Times Attack - there is apparently an inverse multiplication game which is fun to play.

Now I should warn you this can be very stressful to play - but it makes you incredibly fast at your times tables. My girls both love it - but the youngest used to scream every time the bigger ogres came out.

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Mumsnet also has a link to mathschamp here: www.mathschamps.co.uk/#home - which has all sorts of games to help with multiplication/ inverse multiplication facts & building up speed.

HTH

Looksgoodingravy Tue 16-Jul-13 13:02:03

Ooh thank you Past, will take a look at the site later and the links you've provided grin

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