Multiplication Table Check
The Year 4 Multiplication Table Check (MTC) is a statutory assessment that is carried out in June in Year 4. Its purpose is to determine whether Year 4 students can fluently recall their multiplication tables up to 12 x 12.
The fluent recall of multiplication facts is a part of the National Curriculum (2014) for Mathematics. The National Curriculum states 'By the end of Year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 multiplication table and show precision and fluency in their work.'
What is the Check?
The MTC is a computer-based test. Y4 students are asked to answer 25 questions from their times tables. They get six seconds per question, with a three second rest between each. The test takes no longer than five minutes.
The test will be administered by the class teacher and children will have had plenty of practice before-hand. In fact, they probably won't even know they are doing it for real this time!
The 1x table is not tested, only 2 to 12 times tables, however questions about the six, seven, eight, nine and twelve times tables are programmed to be more likely to appear, as these are the trickiest for children to learn. These times tables would be the ones to focus on with your child.
When is the Check?
The Year 4 MTC will be delivered in June 2021.
What happens to the results?
When your child sits the check they aren't shown whether they correctly answered a question or not. Results are made known to the school as primarily, the check is about determining which children are struggling with times tables so that they can be targeted for additional support.
Why do children need to learn times tables?
In primary school, times-tables knowledge is vital for quick mental maths calculations and problem solving, as well as for many of the topics children learn in KS2 (division, fractions, percentages). In secondary school, good multiplication skills are a great help when starting to learn algebra, as well as chemistry, physics, biology and ICT, all of which depend heavily on maths knowledge.
How can I help my child prepare?
- Learn some tricks for trickier times tables.
- Play times table games
- Find real-life opportunities for times tables (doubling for x2 for example)
- Practice on the computer so your child is comfortable seeing questions on a screen and typing their answers.