National Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check (MTC)
As many of you will be aware, the National Curriculum states that all children should be confident with all times tables up to 12x12 by the end of Y4. In Year 4, all pupils’ times table knowledge will be assessed by the National Multiplication Check (MTC). The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided. Rapid recall of these times tables really gives all children an excellent foundation on which they can build a wide variety of mathematical skills.
The pupils currently in Year 4 will do the multiplication check in school in small groups on iPads during the national testing window and will take about five minutes to do. The national testing window runs between Monday 5th June and Friday 23rd June 2023. As a school, we aim to give pupils the best possible opportunity to be successful in the multiplication check and will choose the most appropriate time for them to sit the check during this window. The outcome of the check should inform both us as a school and you as parents as to where each child is in terms of times tables. We can then celebrate their successes and work together to identify and address any gaps. You will be informed of the outcome for your child alongside their end of year report.
As it is a key part of the Year 4 curriculum, your child’s class teacher is already supporting them in developing their times table fluency at school and ensuring they will feel prepared for the multiplication check when the time comes. However, we ask that you encourage your child to use their online TTRockstars account as regularly as possible – it has an excellent track record for improving times table recall and is great fun! Children can earn coins and create an online Rockstar avatar by battling one another and taking part in arena tours. One of the excellent features of TTRockstars is the ‘Sound Check’. This is an online game set up in the same way as the MTC. Practising via ‘Sound Check’ will help children to prepare for the MTC.
Below is the downloadable pdf guidance/information for parents about the multiplication check. If you have any further questions about the MTC or how best to support your child, please contact their class teacher.
IVJS Maths Lead
Re: Christmas Presents
Over the last few years, we have appreciated the support you have shown the school despite the challenges that have arisen. Previously at Christmas time, many of you have been incredibly generous by sending presents in to staff to show your gratitude.
We are very aware of the current situation regarding the cost of living and the impact it is having upon us all. This year, we would ask that you did not send gifts in to staff and spent the money on your family during this difficult time. If your child wishes to show their gratitude or wish their teacher a Merry Christmas, they would appreciate a hand drawn card or letter from your child.
If you need any support in light of the cost-of-living crisis, please speak to your child's class teacher who will be able to help you, particularly with food parcels or warm clothing for your family.
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Could you be a school governor?
The governing board of Iver Village Junior School is an important part of the school community. It is responsible for: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The board is currently looking for new members. No special qualifications are needed and the most important thing is to have a keen interest in the school and be prepared to play an active part in the work of the governing board. Free training is available.
There is currently 1 vacancy for a parent governor and several vacancies for co-opted governors. Parent governors must be "parents" (which includes anyone who has parental responsibility for, or cares for, a child at the school). Co-opted governors do not need to be parents - they just need to have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. (There are some circumstances where someone cannot serve as a governor, summarised in the information below)
If you would like to stand for election, please complete a nomination form and return it to the school as soon as possible. You may also include a short personal statement to support your nomination, which should be no longer than 250 words. Forms are available to download at the bottom of this page or paper copies will be available at the school reception. Self-nominations will be accepted but if you are nominating another parent, please seek their prior consent.
If there are more nominations than vacancies, the election will be by secret ballot. If that is necessary, voting papers will be sent to all parents together with details of the ballot procedure.
If you would like to know more, please speak to me, or contact our Chair of Governors, Mark Vinall (email@example.com) or another member of the governing board. For more details of the work of the IVJS governing board, see https://www.ivervillage-jun.bucks.sch.uk/governors.html.
For more information about school governors generally, see https://www.inspiringgovernance.org/volunteers/
Maintained schools: Qualifications and disqualifications to serve as a school governor:
A governor must be aged 18 or over at the time of his/her election or appointment and cannot hold more than one governorship at the same school.
A person is disqualified from election or appointment as a parent governor if s/he:
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