** When will year 4 times table test DfE be introduced? **Schools will administer the new times tables test to year 4 pupils from 2019-20.

**When will the trials start for the new year 4 times tables test?**

**How will the new Maths year 4 times table test DfE be conducted?**

The new DfE times table test will be conducted as an on-screen test. It will be sat by students aged 8 and 9 in Year 4. It is intended to ensure that primary school children know their times tables up to 12 by heart by the time they get to secondary school.

**Is the new Maths year 4 times table test by the DfE a good thing?**

*I think the answer to that is two-fold.*Some children do leave primary school with an insecure knowledge of the multiplications tables. This is not true of all children however, particularly those in more affluent areas of the UK. However, most schools have measures to ensure students that require extra help with times tables are given it. I cannot see why children need to be tested on their times tables/multiplication tables.

**times tables from year 4 will concentrate the minds of senior leaders to ensure that teachers are now given the resources to help those students that are struggling with learning the multiplication tables. There are students that leave primary school with an inadequate knowledge of their times tables. This can be rectified to some extent.**

**Here is an example of how testing changed the perception of a subject:**

For example, the government had a compulsory science test for all year 6 students as science was at the top of a good schools\’ agenda ensuring all students were well engaged in science and it was taught across the curriculum. However, now science is no longer tested, most schools do not allocate a high number of teaching hours to science.

My point is that if times tables are given this platform whereby they are seen as a necessity, then perhaps more resources and time will be allocated to those children that need that extra help with times tables**.** In contrast to the UK, they do not test in Finland – where they are outstanding!**Teaching in Finland:**

They have no tests in Finnish schools and their students outperform UK students. However, Finland treat their teachers with respect and they are highly regarded – comparable to doctors or lawyers! There is a different ethos – from the ground upwards. UK teachers have very limited control and so it is impossible to compare them equally to Finland. However, Finnishteachers are free to set their own curriculum, compared to schools in the UK and US which must adhere to the national curriculum.

**How can I help my child with the new ****year 4 times table test by the DfE?**

Learning should be about fun, games, joy and laughter. I think of the Finnish education system and see how it thrives but their mantra is not to put pressure on students.

**times table poster on their wall**

**times table placemats**

**Play games**with them where you both are engaged – not just you testing them. Select a times table game that suits your child’s personality. This could be a times table computer-based game, internet game, paper game, pen and pencil times table game or a board game.

**Get outside – if the weather is fine.**Take some chalk and write on the pavement/ sidewalk. Let them play hopscotch and count in multiplies of fives.

**learn the multiples of tables first**. Once they know the multiples well then go to learn the facts this will help with the

**new**

**year 4 times table test.**

**Make learning the times tables fun and take it in small steps**. Start counting in multiples as soon as they can talk. Play games, sing times table songsand enjoy learning together.

**Count everything!**Count toys, pasta, balls and more in multiples of 2, 3, 4 and so on. This will all help your child learn the multiplication tables. Count cars, buses and people – in twos and threes as you walk down the street. Count the plants and trees in multiples!