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The check is a series of quick fire times table questions to tests knowledge of multiplication tables between 2 and 12. There'll be an emphasis on the 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12 tables because these are considered to be the most difficult.
These are becoming compulsory for all schools in the UK in 2020, so this year we are doing a 'Pilot' version to ensure we are ready as a school.
Year 4 children
Each pupil has to answer 25 questions and access the questions online using an iPad or PC.
They have 6 seconds to answer each question. An on-screen timer will count down the time available for each question. There'll be multiple versions of the test. The version each pupil gets is selected at random.
We are going to have 2 ‘try-outs’ so the children can get used to the format and we can work out how we want to administer the tests. We will do these on Wednesday 22nd May and Wednesday 12th June.
The children will then do the actual pilot on Friday 14th June.
Here are some images of what it will look like for the children:
All children have preferred ways to learn - just like we do as adults! Your child may like to write out times tables over and over again, or practice questions, or they may learn best by singing, dancing or playing a board game. There are many different ways to practice. Your child's class teacher will give them specific homework linked to times tables to help prepare them. Please encourage your children to do this every week and help them with it after they have had a try themselves.
Also, feel free to click the guide below for a range of extra ways you can practice times tables with your child and choose the ones that work best for you.