About cookies

The NCETM site uses cookies. Read more about our privacy policy

Please agree to accept our cookies. If you continue to use the site, we'll assume you're happy to accept them.


Personal Learning Login

Sign Up | Forgotten password?
Register with the NCETM

What makes a Good Resource - Coded Tables

This page has been archived. The content was correct at the time of original publication, but is no longer updated.
Created on 26 August 2010 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 30 September 2010 by ncetm_administrator

What Makes a Good Resource

Coded Tables

Resource description:

Coded Tables

This is an activity which takes one of the multiplication tables and randomly replaces the numbers with a letter or symbol to give a code. Pupils use 10 strips with each part of the table, together with a copy of all the multiplication tables.

Download the resources:

Teacher comment:

This will be aimed more at those older pupils who still have gaps in knowledge of multiplication facts. In my classes I decided that all other approaches will probably have been tried. The idea is that they look for patterns, structures, etc in the number tables and match the coded strips with these.

What I did:

I designed and made several coded tables, cut these in strips and allowed pairs to work with them, rotating as they finished. I circulated offering interventions in the form of questions[attached “Notes”] to open up thinking.


This is a very engaging activity using pupils natural curiosity with codes. Pupils usually said it helped them see connections and so improved recall of the harder ones [6, 7 and 8 times table].

Pupils usually found it engaging though there were more difficulties with the first one.

Teachers either loved this or hated it...there was rarely middle ground.

Pairs of pupils coded new straips and re-coded old ones to set to others.

Special Educational Needs

Comment on this item  
Add to your NCETM favourites
Remove from your NCETM favourites
Add a note on this item
Recommend to a friend
Comment on this item
Send to printer
Request a reminder of this item
Cancel a reminder of this item



There are no comments for this item yet...
Only registered users may comment. Log in to comment