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Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) in June.

Dear Year 4 Parents and Carers,

I am writing to inform you that your child will be participating in the multiplication tables check (MTC) in June.

The purpose of the check is to determine whether your child can fluently recall their times tables up to 12, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It is a statutory assessment that all Year 4 pupils will undertake this year and I have attached the information sheet from the Department of Education for you to read through.

Please click on the link below for more information:

Multiplication Tables Information for Parents

What is the Multiplication tables check?

It is an on-screen check consisting of 25 times table questions. Your child will be able to answer 3 practice questions before taking the actual check. They will then have 6 seconds to answer each question. On average, the check should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. 

When will the check take place?

We have a two week window in which to administer the check. At Claverdon, we will aim to complete the check for all of our Year 4 children in the week commencing 3rd June which is the first week back after May half term. Any children who are absent due to illness can complete the check the following week.

What if my child cannot access the check?

There are several access arrangements available to support pupils with specific needs. I will ensure that the access arrangements are appropriate for your child before they take the check in June. The check has been designed so that it is inclusive and accessible to as many children as possible, including those with special educational needs or disability (SEND). If you have any concerns about your child accessing the check, please let me know.

Do I need to do anything to prepare my child for the check?

As you know, we have given your child access to a maths programme called TT Rockstars, which has been designed specifically to help children with their times tables fluency. Please do encourage and support your child to use the programme as often as they can (preferably daily) to help improve their recall.  Other supportive activities can include times table games, flashcards and there are plenty of fun and free resources online.

Will I receive feedback on my child’s check?

Yes. I will share your child’s score with you, as we would with all national curriculum assessments as part of the end of year report in July. 

There is no pass mark for the check, however for your information, the national average attainment score last year was 20.2 (out of 25)  and the most common score achieved (by 29% of pupils) was full marks of 25. 

Thank you for your continued support and if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Mrs Bowden-Williams