In 2020, the new Year 4 Multiplication Tables Checks will become a statutory assessment requirement for all year 4 children. Pupils will be required to take part in a short online test to make sure that their times tables knowledge and recall is at the expected standard.
What is the Year 4 Multiplications Tables Check?
Pupils will be asked 25 questions on times table facts from the 2 to the 12 times tables. They are given 6 seconds to correctly input an answer so the test should last less than five minutes.
It is most likely that challenging tables (such as the 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12s) will be more frequent as these have proven to be trickiest for children to learn.
The Standards and Testing Agency have stated that the outcomes of these tests are non-judgemental and are designed to identify which times tables individuals are struggling with in order for them to be addressed so they can be worked on in the future.
Knowing your times tables is one of the fundamental areas of numeracy that should go hand in hand with being able to read fluently. Just as the introduction of the phonics check in KS1 has helped more children to read, it is hoped that this tables check will help children show fluency in multiplication fact recall.
When will it happen?
Broughton Junior School will be joining a trial of the test in June 2020 in order to familiarise children with the setup and methods the STA are adopting in the formal administration of the tables check.
Schools can then complete the actual test in their own time from late June 2020.
How can children prepare for the tables check?
One of the best ways for children to fluently learn times tables is by regular practise. They should take part of a daily routine, giving lots of time to do this before the tables check.
The use of fun games and puzzles will help keep this practise stress-free.
Each child at Broughton Junior School has a login for Times Tables Rockstars. This provides a fun platform for practise. It is very important for children to be working on Rockstars as the data created shows specific tables that need further practise. Children in years 3 and 4 also have a times table book that they should be filling in daily. It is expected that 1 page a week is completed using the allocated tables given by the class teacher based on Rockstars data.
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