Singing Times Tables Book 1 by Helen MacGregor and Stephen Chadwick uses rhythmic rapping and vibrant vocals to transform learning the times tables - whether it's rote learning, applying calculations or testing them. For times tables with a special x factor, these contemporary, cool songs are the place for kids to start.
Higher standards in maths are getting an extra push from the Department for Education with the times tables test due to become mandatory in 2020 for all year 4 pupils.
In Singing Times Tables Book 1, children develop a secure knowledge of the 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables. By rapping or singing to lively performance and backing tracks they rote learn the tables, then they apply the calculations in real life situation songs and chants. The last section offers question and answer tests - a handy assessment tool for teachers.
Helen MacGregor, music adviser for Kent, is the author of Music Express Years 1-2, and several best-selling A&C Black titles. She is also contributor to Channel 4's BAFTA award winning Grid Club. Stephen Chadwick is a composer, sound engineer and educationalist. He has written frequently for the London Philharmonic Orchestra education programme, BBC Bitesize, Disney, and Channel Four's Gridclub. He is the author of three of A&C Black's Roald Dahl musicals, Singing French and Singing English, and was composer and producer for the Music Express series.