Year 4 Times Tables Statutory Test

In June 2021, there will be a  new Year 4 multiplication tables check statutory assessment. 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 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.

Leaving primary school with a fundamental grasp of basic numeracy is as important as leaving being able to read. And just as the phonics check has helped more children learn to read, this will ensure more pupils know their times tables.”

Nick Gibb, schools minister

When is the check going to happen?

In June 2021, every school will be required by law to take part in the check. 

 

How can I help? 

1. Use times table wall charts

Wall charts show all the answers for a particular times table. You could download our free times table wall charts  and stick them up somewhere they’ll be seen often. For instance, you could put them over the sink so that your child will see them when they’re brushing their teeth. You’ll be amazed how quickly they learn when they see these number facts every day!

2. Learn the tricks for difficult times tables

There are clever tricks for remembering several of the times tables. For instance, please watch the videos below for help with several different tables that your child might find difficult. 

For more ideas, see the times table booklet below, which is bursting with tips and hints for overcoming some of the harder times tables

3. Play times tables games

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 tables flashcards (see below), matching the sums 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).

Using games keeps practice short and sweet, and makes the process much less of a chore for you and your child. You can find a collection of times tables games and activity sheets below. 

4. Make it real

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.

5. Practise on the computer

Help your child become comfortable reading and answering questions on a screen. There are a whole range of different times tables activities and games that you can access via the links below, including Times Tables Rockstars that will encourage your child to work at speed. 

Please use the following web link to practise times tables with your child. This activity closely resembles the Year 4 multiplication check that your child will complete at the end of Year 4 (during a 3-week window from 7th June onward) 
 
Here is a video that should help your child come up with some ways of remembering times tables from x2 through to x9.