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:
|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.
|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
|Blank Multiplication Grid||
|Multiplication Grid with Answers||
GAMES (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD)
|Times Table||Race Game||Board Game|
|2||Jungle Race||Muddle Board Game|
|5||Muddle Board Game|
|10||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|