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Mrs Gordon – Hummingbirds Class Teacher

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Dear Parents and Carers

In June 2020, the new Year 4 multiplication tables check will become statutory. Your child will need to take a short online test to make sure their times tables knowledge is at the expected level.

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.

Questions about the six, seven, eight, nine, and 12 times tables are likely to come up 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 but also to practice the others too! 

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 the learning is going and to adjust their focus if needed.

How can I help my child prepare?

The best way to keep the test stress-free is to work some of the times tables practice into your daily routine well in advance. With regular practice, your child will get used to tackling these kind of questions with confidence, we do a lot of learning the tables ‘by rote’ in school. 

Using the test practice on the Maths Shed website will help the children get used to the test. It is also a good idea to practice the other times tables. As with all tests we always tell the children to do their best and use it as a learning experience. 

We will have the opportunity to chat further at Parent Conversations but if you have any questions before then please ask.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Gordon

Hummingbirds Class Teacher