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Chesswood Junior School

Chesswood Junior School

Multiplication Tables Check

In June 2023, children in Year 4 will participate in the Multiplication tables check whilst at school.  The MTC is an on-screen check consisting of 25 times tables questions. Your child will answer 3 practice questions before moving on to the official check and will then have 6 seconds to answer each question. On average, the check should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.  The purpose of the check is to determine whether pupils can fluently recall their times tables up to 12, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will also help us to identify pupils who may need additional support.

We would ask that you please encourage your child to practice their times tables in little and often bursts in the lead up to this.  5-10 minutes per day, 4-5 times per week will be plenty.  All children have a login to TT Rock Stars — they can use Garage to practice specific tables chosen for them by their teacher and Soundcheck to help practice questions in the style of the MTC.  They can also use Jamming to help focus on specific tables and focus in on specifically multiplication or division questions.

Key School Dates for the MTC:

Date Details
w/b Monday 16th January TT Rock Stars Spring Officially Unofficial MTC - to help prepare the children for the MTC experience, they will participate in a mock MTC at the start of the spring term.  This will take place in school on iPads using TT Rock Stars.  Parents will receive further details the w/b 9th January.  Following this, Y4 teachers will identify children in need of targeted support to help with their times table fluency and knowledge.
March onwards Children will be able to access the MTC Try It Out version in school to help them become familiar with the MTC layout.
w/b Monday 24th April TT Rock Stars Summer Officially Unofficial MTC - Year 4 children will participate in a second mock MTC at the start of the summer term.  This will help us to further identify children in need of targeted support and help prepare the children for the MTC.
Monday 5th June - Friday 23rd June MTC Official Window - each Year 4 child will complete the official check in school on iPads.  The vast majority of children will sit the check in a group with 5-6 other children present.  Where appropriate, children will sit the check on their own.  All children will be supervised throughout the check.
July onwards Your child's score out of 25 will be published as part of their annual report.  This will be shared with their Y5 teacher who will provide additional support where needed to help children who scored below 20.

Please find further information and some helpful resources to support your child preparing for this check in the table below.

Item Link
Standards & Testing Agency - Information for parents: 2023 multiplication tables check


Top Tips for learning times tables


TT Rock Stars - Children can use Garage to work on tables set for them by their teacher and use Soundcheck to help experience questions in a similar format to the MTC.  Each child has their own login - please speak to your child's teacher if they have difficulty logging in.


Chesswood Junior School - Soundcheck Challenge.  A chance for children to earn housepoints for using Souncheck - see the poster for more details!


TT Rock Stars - How it Works

Please click on the link to download a parent guide for TT Rock Stars.  If you have any further questions, please speak to your child's class teacher in the first instance.


Supermovers - Select from a collection of fun videos to help the children work on specific times tables - fun for all the family!

Chesswood Cards - Ask your teacher if you need some blank cards.

How to use Chesswood Cards

  • A set of cards will be created for a single times table.
  • Each card will include a calculation (1 x 2).
  • The answer will be on the reverse (2).
  • The set will be learned in order with three seconds to answer each calculation, checking the answer before proceeding if correct or starting again if incorrect.
  • Once the order of questions has been mastered, the children will be able to answer the times table in any order by shuffling the cards.
  • After this, the answers will be utilised in order to learn the associated division facts, when mastery is achieved the pack can once again be shuffled.
  • Next, the calculations and answers can be mixed up to demonstrate true mastery of that times table.
  • A new set of cards will then be provided to learn the next times table.
  • Order (2, 5, 10, 3, 4, 8, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12)
Blank Multiplication Grid


Multiplication Grid with Answers


Times Table Race Game Board Game
2 Jungle Race Muddle Board Game

Space Race

Jungle Race

Muddle Board Game

Space Race

Jungle Race

Muddle Board Game
3 Space Race Muddle Board Game
4 Jungle Race Muddle Board Game
8 Space Race Muddle Board Game
6 Space Race Muddle Board Game
7 Space Race Muddle Board Game
9 Space Race Muddle Board Game
11 Space Race Muddle Board Game
12   Muddle Board Game