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Multiplication tables check:

A parents’ guide

 Why are times tables so important?

  • Times tables and division facts are essential building block in maths.
  • Speed AND accuracy are important – the more facts your child remembers, the easier it is for them to do harder calculations, particularly under time pressure.
  • These calculations form the basis of much of what they learn in maths such as division, algebra and fractions.
  • Knowing such a key skill gives children confidence.


 What is the purpose of the Multiplication Tables Check?

  • The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether Year 4 pupils can fluently recall their multiplication tables. This means being able to answer times tables questions accurately and quickly, without having to work out the answers.
  • Children are expected to be confident in all multiplication tables up to 12x12 by the end of Year 4.


 Who will take the Multiplication Tables Check?

  • It will be taken by children in Year 4, in the summer term (in June).
  • In June 2022 it will become compulsory for all English schools.


 How will children be tested?

  • Children will be tested using an on-screen check, where they will have to answer multiplication questions against the clock on a computer.
  • They will be presented with 25 questions and will get 6 seconds from the time the question appears to input their answer.
  • The check has been designed to focus on times tables that fit within the KS2 curriculum.
  • The 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12 times tables are more likely to be asked than the 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 or 11 multiplication tables.



  • School and individual pupil-level reports will be made available to schools. This will mean that schools can target support and intervention where needed.


 How to help your child                                                                 

  • Flash cards, posters or wall charts
  • Games – snap or pairs
  • Make it real – ask real life questions
  • Scatter tables
  • Practising times tables by rote (old-fashioned chanting of each multiplication table).
  • Asking your child times tables questions out of order – such as ‘What’s 11x12?What’s 5x6?’
  • Asking your child the related division facts: ‘What’s 8 ÷ 4? What’s 36 ÷ 6?’
  • Singing times tables songs (there are loads online).
  • Using apps and games to help build speed.


Soundcheck is most similar to the Multiplication Tables Check (Login needed)

Maths Frame https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check

Top Marks https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

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