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.
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, Finnish teachers are free to set their own curriculum, compared to schools in the UK and US which must adhere to the national curriculum.
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.