St Alban's Catholic Primary School

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Multiplication Tables Check

Multiplication Tables Check (MTC):


The multiplication tables check (MTC) is statutory for primary schools in Year 4.  The multiplication tables check is completed during May. 


The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. Its aim is to help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided.


How do we teach times tables at St. Alban's?

At St. Alban's, we use a range of methods to teach fluency in times tables.


We use the Clare Christie (MathsHub) booklets to aid the teaching of times tables.  We:

  • use a systematic, whole class approach to learning the times tables. 
  • aim to break down the learning of the times tables into manageable chunks learning a times table at a time.
  • teach the importance of the commutative law and the relationship with division facts.
  • rote learning enables children to learn the number facts AND a learned sound pattern (this is important).
  • Little and often - A two minute times table test, twice a day.