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Times Tables Check

The Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) is a key stage 2 assessment to be taken by pupils at the end of year 4 (in June). From the 2019 / 2020 academic year onwards. The purpose of the MTC is to make sure the times tables knowledge is at the expected level.


The MTC is an online test were the pupils are asked 25 questions on times tables 2 to 12. For every question you have 6 seconds to answer and in between the questions there is a 3 second rest. Questions about the 6, 7, 8, 9, and 12 times table come up more often. The questions are generated randomly based on the rules of the MTC.


What are we doing?

At school, we are using focused sessions at different slots of the day called our 'Math's meetings' to practice our times tables, using different games, counting, drawing, using counters etc. We are also making use of online resources to help us and we are allowing the children to practice taking the test at different points of the year. As you can appreciate, 6 seconds is not a lot of time and for some children the skill of finding the numbers on the keyboard is as much of a challenge as actually working out the answer to the question. Therefore, I think it's important that they keep practicing this skill as much as they can throughout the year. We are also weaving in dedicated times tables focused lessons into our planning in order to help the children develop and strengthen their knowledge of times tables throughout the year, ready for this test in June.


What can you do?

At home, it is really important that you can also help your children with their times tables. An effective way to do this could be to switch roles and ask your children to teach you how to do certain times tables. Practicing counting is another really effective way to practice. For example, going up the stairs in your house but each step you count in 6's. I have also attached some links below that are really useful to use at home and include fun games for the children to do at their own leisure rather than simply learning them as a list which isn't always the most effective way.