Learning at home
How will children be tested?
Children will be tested using an on-screen check (on a computer or a tablet), where they will have to answer multiplication questions against the clock.
The test will last no longer than 5 minutes and is similar to other tests already used by primary schools. Their answers will be marked instantly.
Children will have 6 seconds to answer each question in a series of 25. Each question will be worth one mark and be presented to the child in this format:
n1 x n2 = ____
Questions will be selected from the 121 number facts that make up the multiplication tables from 2 to 12, with a particular focus on the 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12 times tables as they are considered to be the most challenging. Each question will only appear once in any 25-question series, and children won't be asked to answer reversals of a question as part of the check (so if they've already answered 3 x 4 they won't be asked about 4 x 3).
How can you help your child practise their times tables?
Some of the techniques you can use include:
Practising times tables by rote.
Asking your child multiplication questions out of order – such as ‘What’s 11x12? What’s 5x6?’
Using TT rockstar: https://ttrockstars.com/
- Using MTC: https://urbrainy.com/mtc/test
Children in Y4 should be reading at home for 20-30 minutes each day. The children will bring home books within their AR levels and also books of their choosing from the school library, and we encourage them to share these with you at home. Once they have read the book, they will complete a quiz checking their understanding. We welcome comments from home in the children’s reading record, and these are checked regularly at school.