What a parent needs to know about the Year 4 Times Table Check
What is the Year 4 Times Tables check?
This is a multiplication tables check (MTC) that all year 4 children in England will sit in June.
The times tables, up to 12, are fundamental skills that form the building blocks of mastering maths. Learning these tables off by heart makes mental arithmetic much easier, helping your child to master more complex maths problems with confidence.
So, the purpose of the Year 4 Times Tables check is to assess whether your child can fluently recall their times tables and help teachers to identify those children who may need additional support.
What does it entail?
It is an on-screen check so your child will take the test on a desktop computer, laptop or tablet (such as an iPad) at school.
There will be 3 practice questions for them to try before taking the actual check.
The check itself consists of 25 random times table questions and your child will have 6 seconds to answer each question with a three second blank gap between each question. This is where children’s instant recall of their times table will help them greatly!
On average, the check should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.
When will it take place?
What can you do to help?
It can really help your child if you encourage them to practise their tables at home – after all practice makes perfect!
So here are a few ideas of ways you can help your child:-
1. Times Tables Sheet
Just download our handy Times Tables sheet and you can fill it in together.
You can then hang your completed sheet up in a place where your child will see it (e.g. on the fridge, or in the bathroom next to the sink). And encourage them to look at it regularly – when they are brushing their teeth or perhaps just before dinner.
Alternatively, you can print a few copies and encourage them to practise filling it in. See if they can do it slightly faster each time they try.
2. Practise as a time filler:
You don’t have to spend hours practising – in fact little and often is much more effective.
So, encourage them to practise their times tables in short bursts whenever you have a couple of minutes spare time. It could be whilst you are travelling to school, waiting for a doctor’s appointment or even in a supermarket queue.
They could recite a specific times table or just ask them a few questions from random tables.
3. Listen to times tables songs
There are lots of rhymes and songs for each of the times tables that can help them to remember.
Just search Youtube or Google and you will find plenty of catchy tunes to help your child learn any tables that they may be finding tricky.
You can play these during bath time, drive time or dinner time to sing and help learn them together.
4. Make it real
Giving children a real life example of when you use multiplication can help them to see the value of learning their times tables.
This could be when you purchase more than 1 item of shopping or if you have to scale up a recipe whilst cooking.
Encourage them to help you work out the answer.
5. Make it into a challenge
Children love playing games so get involved yourself.
You can ask them a times table question and if they get it correct they can ask you one.
Encourage them to check if you are correct in your answers – that way they are answering yours as well as their own😉
6. Play games
There are lots of games that you can play to help with times tables. These can be board games, card games or even better online games so they start to practice answering as they would in the times table check.
At Plytime Learning children can practise all their times tables online, as part of our daily competitions. As an added bonus, they’ll also earn tokens and rewards for their efforts, to help keep them motivated.
And if your child needs a little extra support with their times tables you can easily add one of our expert 1-to-1 tutors.
Helping your child to practise their times tables at home can really make a difference and boost their confidence before the check.