Year 4 Multiplication Check Information

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Times table Year 4 Multiplication Test
Primary school children are expected to know all their times tables up to 12x12. Under the current National Curriculum, children are supposed to know their times tables by the end of Year 4, but they are not formally tested on them other than through multiplication questions in the Year 6 SATs. 
Why has the test been put in place?
The DfE says the check is part of a new focus on mastering numeracy, giving children the skills and knowledge they need for secondary school and beyond. The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils in Year 4 can recall their multiplication tables fluently (being able to answer times table questions accurately and quickly, without having to work out the answers).
Announcing the tests in 2017, the then education secretary Justine Greening said, 'A good primary education lays the foundations for success at secondary school and beyond. The year's (2017) Key Stage 2 results showed our curriculum reforms are starting to raise standards and it is vital that we have an assessment system that supports this.
How will children be tested?
Children will be tested using an on screen check (on a computer or tablet), where they will have to answer multiplication questions against the clock. 
This will be the first time that the DfE has used computerised tests in primary schools. Calculators and wall displays that could support he children will be removed from the room the MTC is taking place in. 
The test will last no longer than 5 minutes and is similar to other tests already used by primary schools. Their answers will be marked instantly. 
Children will have 6 seconds to answer each question in a series of 25. Each question will be worth one makr and be presented to the child in this format:
n1 x n2 = ___
Questions will be selected from the 121 number facts that make up the multiplication tables from 2 to 12, with a particular focus on the 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12 times tables as they are considered to be the most challenging. Each question will only appear once in any 25-question series, and children won't be asked to answer reversals of a question as part of the check (so if they have already answered 3x4 they won't be asked 4x3).
Once the child has inputted their answer on the computer or device, there will be a the second pause before the next question appears. Children will be given the opportunity to practise answering these questions in this format before the official check begins. 
The six second timer per question has been decided by the DfE because it should allow the children enough time to recall the times tables without giving them time to work them out. 
How will the results be reported?
Pupils' individual results will be made available to schools, and the Department for Education will report national results to track how they change over time. Schools will be required to report the results to parents.
What happens if my child does not score very high on the test?
There will be no 'pass mark' or expected standard for this test and no child will 'fail'. Multiplication facts will be the only thing tested. 
The DfE says the purpose of the test is to help teachers identify which children are falling behind and target areas where they're not being given the chance to succeed. 
How can I help my child?

Times tables are learnt best when learnt regularly and in short bursts. Here at Winwick C of E Primary we use Time Tables Rock Stars and SumDog as an online and paper support. You will find your child's login details in their ICT Passport. There are many other ways children can be supported however.

Please use the link below for some great ideas.



Times Table Rock Stars: Paper Support Documents: