What is the Year 4 Multiplication Test?
This is a new requirement from the Department of Education.
Children will be required to sit an online test. Children will be asked to 25 questions on times tables from 2 to 12. They are given 6 seconds per question, with 3 seconds rest between each question. The test last approximately 5 minutes.
When will the test be happening?
Across all primary schools in the UK in June 2020.
What can I do to help my child at home?
Practicing at home is key. Making times tables fun and challenging so that your child sees the steps they are making. Times tables are a fundamental part of maths and if your child can learn them at this stage it sets them up for future years.
Use visuals, wall charts and times tables grids which can be printed off or bought from a lot of supermarkets, shops and websites.
Use videos off the internet. Free games and apps. Your school might have some good recommendations.
Teach your child the easy ones first, 2's 5's, 10's and leave the tricky ones like 6,7,8,9,and 12's. Make sure they gain their confidence in the one's they know and then start on the harder.
Sing songs and rhymes that might help. Use a range of games and activities to make it more fun.
If your child is struggling with certain times tables focus on them for a few weeks and use techniques that we have suggested below to help your child tackle them.
Times Table test - find out why has the test been introduced, what will your child be tested on, when, how will it be reported and practice tests for your child to do.
This is a web-based or app which can be downloaded to your phones and tablets. Some schools subscribe to this and others don't. You can purchase the app for £6 to develop your childs time tables knowledge and speed.
8 effective ways to teach your child their times tables, time table sheets, learn the easy ones first ...
A blog written by Schofield and Sims - giving parents ideas on looking for patters, the rule of commutativity - a child will learn that if he knows 4 x 6 he will also know 6 x 4. Others helpful hints.
Blog written by Doodle Maths - How to learn your times tables off by heart.
Mumsnet have produced this helpful article with - Co Authors of Maths on the Go - Rob Eastaway and Mike Askew give there advice on how to make the process easier for parents. Look for patterns, connect division to times tables, times table hacks.