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Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Maths is a big subject and we appreciate there’s more to it than times tables and there’s more to times tables than learning them off by heart. However, a lot of the rich, interesting maths is all about the multiplicative relationships and these are hard to fully grasp without fluent recall of the tables. For that reason, learning the tables is fundamental – they are a key facilitator to the maths that sits on top.
  • The check will be done within a three week-long window in June and is completed online.
  • The DfE states the intended purpose of the multiplication check, is to: 'determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided.'
  • The results of the test are not published publicly, they’re not going to end up on a league table. There’s no pass or fail, there’s just a score out of 25 marks. They’re not to be used to compare children, they’re for us to reflect on so that we make the most of our provision. 
  • The checks consist of 25 questions. The questions will only be multiplication and they will go up to 12×12. There’s nothing novel about the questions and they don’t require problem solving so there’s nothing to trip them up.
  • The checks are all about remembering the multiplication facts. That doesn’t mean we’ll forget all about the concepts, patterns, structures and relationships in multiplication. We’re going to be learning those too, partly because they go hand in hand with excellent recall.
  • The questions are relatively simple, age appropriate and the length of the check is under 5 minutes.
  • This year the checks will be conducted from the week of Monday 3rd June 2024.
  • Please be supportive of our approach in parent-parent communication channels. It’s important that we get behind the checks for the benefit of all our children.