Times Tables Meeting for Year 4

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Dear Parent/Carer,

As you may know, the Multiplication Tables Check for year 4 children is happening between Monday 3rd June and Friday 14th June 2024.

We are holding a meeting on Thursday 28th March at 2:45pm in the school hall

What is the Multiplication Tables Check?

  • The checks consist of 25 times tables questions. The questions will only be multiplication and they will go up to 12×12. There’s nothing novel about the questions and they don’t require problem solving so there’s nothing to trip them up.
  • There will be 6 seconds to answer each question.
  • The check will be taken online during school time.
  • There is no pass mark.
  • Teachers will be able to apply for some children to be able to pause between questions.

How can you help them improve their recall times?

  • There are lots of ways to learn times tables, but here are a few suggestions to get you started:
  • Make sure they play daily in Garage mode on Times Tables Rocks Stars – The Garage game mode is very clever and will adjust the questions your child is asked, ensuring they are always working on the facts they need to improve. Also, give them a times tables square to use whilst they play.  This way they can double-check facts they are not sure about
  • Sing times tables songs. There are hundreds available! Put them on in the car, bath time or any ‘free’ time where you have a few spare minutes.
  • Chanting the old-fashioned way- rehearse the tables forwards and backwards, gradually increasing in speed.
  • Write out the tables – This can be in the form of a simple list or you could also be a bit more fun.  Being creative will make writing and learning the tables more enjoyable.
    • Write the facts as the petals of a flower;
    • Get them to test you on the facts and get them wrong on purpose and see if they correct you!
    • Treasure Hunt: Hide the facts around the house and give them the answers. Can they find them in record time?

Times tables are important, but it should be an enjoyable experience learning them!