In the next couple of weeks our Year 4 will be trialling a new Year 4 multiplication tables check, which will be trialled across the UK, becoming statutory in 2020. With the success of the children using Times Tables Rock stars, we have decided to take part in the 2019 voluntary trial, your child will need to take a short online test to make sure their times tables knowledge is at the expected level.
We’ve gathered together everything you might want to know about the times tables check, including what it involves and when it will take place.
What is the Year 4 multiplication tables check?
The multiplication tables check is an online test for pupils in Year 4. Pupils are asked to answer 25 questions on times tables from two to 12. They are given six seconds per question, with three seconds rest between each question, so the test should last less than five minutes. It is very similar to the set-up of Times Tables Rock stars.
Questions about the six, seven, eight, nine, and 12 times tables are likely to come up most often, as these are the hardest for most children to learn. It’s a good idea to focus on these tricky times tables with your child.
First and foremost, the check is about finding out which children are struggling with their times tables so that they can get extra support. It is not a judgement on what your child can do, but a way for the school to know how their teaching is going and to adjust their focus if needed.
When is the check going to happen?
The next trial of the times tables check, open to all schools that want to take part, will take place between 10–28th June 2019. Our school is participating in the trial and if your child is in Year 4, then they will have to take the test.
By June 2020, every school will be required to take part in the check by law.