Black Combe Junior School


Welcome toBlack Combe Junior School


Times Tables

The multiplication tables check (MTC) is statutory for all year 4 pupils. 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.

As a result of this, at Black Combe School we track pupil's times table progress through the use of targeted steps.

Bronze award = fluent in 2, 5 and 10 

Silver award = fluent in 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 8

Gold award = fluent in 2, 5, 10, 3, 4, 8, 6 and 9

Platinum award = fluent in 2, 5, 10, 3, 4, 8, 6, 9 and 7 

Diamond award = fluent in 2, 5, 10, 3, 4, 8, 6, 9, 7, 11 and 12

Below you will find some useful links which provides you with a bit more information on the Year 4 Multiplication Check and some helpful websites to help your child practise and learn their times tables!

Maths Ambassadors

As a Maths Ambassador I:

  • Carry out my duties for the school to the best of my ability
  • Share my love of Maths with my peers
  • Encourage everyone in school to have a positive attitude towards Maths
  • Am an excellent role model for Maths
  • Am a voice for my peers when sharing ideas about Maths

This team of pupils will work alongside Mrs Davey to undertake some of the following responsibilities.


Maths Ambassador duties:

  • Raise the profile of maths in school
  • To share strategies/methods
  • Encourage the use of resources in class
  • To encourage staff and peers to use mathematical language
  • To support with maths events across the school
  • Write news snippets of what is happening in maths at Black Combe for the school website
  • Help upkeep maths displays and create/change Problem of the Month
  • Take visitors and school Governors on maths themed learning walks
  • Run and manage whole school maths competitions
  • Facilitate a lunch time club which will focus on a variety of different skills, including problem solving
  • Celebrate maths achievements across the school
  • Test their peers on their times tables for the Times Table Challenge rewards


The Maths Ambassador Team will meet regularly to discuss various items.


Look out for our Math’s Ambassadors around school – they might ask you how we can improve maths at Black Combe School.


These children have been awarded Math’s Ambassador status having shown the highest level of dedication and thinking skills when solving math’s problems. These children from Year 6 were selected by class teachers to take a key role in developing a love for math’s learning in the school community. They have continued their hard work in to Year 6 where their responsibilities will include collecting ideas on improving maths in our school.


After Christmas, they will also become mentors to new maths ambassadors lower down the school.

Maths Ambassadors Top Tips!

Whole School Maths Day! SHAPE

At the end of Autumn 1, each class took part in a whole school maths day. Our focus this time was SHAPE. Each teacher had their maths class for the whole day, where they explored many different areas from the shape aspect of the curriculum. The children completed lots of fantastic work and the teachers and children all thoroughly enjoyed learning all about shape!