Times turntables

January 30, 1998

GETTING his multiplication tables wrong was bad enough for schools minister Stephen Byers, but it can put some children off maths for life.

Maths teacher Wendy Fortescue-Hubbard, of the University of Plymouth, has found that reciting times-tables can be a traumatic experience for some youngsters.

She says children's mental recall is more successful if their multiplication practice is given in a fun and stimulating way, rather than traditional rote learning.

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