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This half term we will be focusing on time, statistics and geometry.
We love maths. It’s an awesome subject to learn and to teach. Maths is a big subject and we appreciate there’s more to it than times tables and there’s more to times tables than learning them off by heart. However, a lot of the rich, interesting maths is all about the multiplicative relationships and these are hard to fully grasp without fluent recall of the tables. For that reason, learning the tables is fundamental – they are a key facilitator to the maths that sits on top. Therefore, the government announced a compulsory times tables test for Year 4 children. They will be done within a two-week-long window towards the end of the year. The results of the test are not published publicly, they’re not going to end up on a league table and they’re not to worry about. There’s no pass or fail, there’s just a score out of 25 marks. They’re not to be used to compare children, they’re for us to reflect on so that we make the most of our provision. We’re actually looking forward to seeing how well we do.
The checks consist of 25 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. The checks are all about remembering the multiplication facts. The children will have 6 seconds to answer a random multiplication question.
Times Table Rockstars is a fantastic resource to use to help the children practise their tables. The children love it and so do we! Therefore, we will be setting it weekly for homework and we will be using it within our maths lessons.
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