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Year 4 Multiplication Check

Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check


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.

UPDATE 3.2.20


Please find the latest update from the DfE regarding the Year 4 Multiplication Table Check here:

Multiplication tables check: information video

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 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?

Every school in England will be required to take part in the check in June 2020.


How can I help my child prepare?

The best way to keep the test stress-free is to work some 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.

If your child is feeling nervous in the approach to the check, don’t panic. Our top five tips for helping your child learn their times tables will get them up to speed:


  • Use the Times Table Rock Stars website to help your child become comfortable reading and answering questions on a screen. We have bought a school wide subscription to this website to support the children from EYFS to Year 6 develop their multiplication and division skills. This tool is particularly useful for Year 4 children who are preparing to take the check.


  • Practise our JC times tables songs, the children should know most of them, the audio for these can be found here.


  • Make it real, give times tables some context. If your child can’t see any point in learning their times tables, try showing them how this knowledge is useful in everyday life. Instead of just rote learning their times tables, try to create opportunities for your child to use multiplication in problem solving. For example, ask them to scale up a recipe or calculate whether they have enough money to buy more of their favourite things (such as sweets or football cards). This will help your child see the value of their learning.


  • Play times table games with your children. Games and challenges are a great way to support learning, and a few minutes a day will make all the difference. Why not play snap with some times table flashcards, matching the number sentences to the answers as fast as you can? Or you could surprise your child by asking times tables questions at random times during the day and seeing how quickly they can respond (this works particularly well as a competition between siblings or friends).

How to practise times tables | Oxford Owl

If you have any further questions or need any support, please contact your child's class teacher or speak to our Maths Lead, Miss Wain.

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