The aim of the passports is that the children develop their mathematical fluency to assist them with developing their procedural understanding. Research suggests that children need these facts to just roll of their tongue so that their brain can concentrate on learning the new maths. Latest research into Cognitive Load theory is encouraging us to teach children to make connections, in order for knowledge to become long-term.
How do we use it in school?
Each term there is a maths competition which is out of 20. If the children score 15 or above they move onto the next passport. Children who score 18 or above are in for a chance to win an e-reader.
How do I use them at home?
The documents below show some 'I can' statements from each passport and examples of activities which children could practise to secure fast recall of their number facts. Your child should practise the 'I can' statements in spare moments throughout the week until you feel confident they are ready to move onto the next. They have an entire term to learn them, ready for the competition at the end.
Fun ways to practise
- Create a matching game.
- Practise when going up or down stairs.
- Singing and chanting