In our school we use Maths Passports to improve children’s mental maths skills. Right from our youngest children in FS2 all the way up to Y6 we are building children's fluency in the key skills and building blocks that underpin all of their maths learning.
Each child will be given a passport with a series of targets set out in continents. These targets get progressively more challenging through the school. The passports track progression in basic number skills. The children will develop instant recall skills in all the objectives – they should not be taking time to work out the answer to each question, they need to know it instantly.
All children will start at their attainment level and progress through the passports at their own pace. The aim is to complete the passports at the latest by Year 6. At first, it may seem that the work they are doing is too easy but we want to check how fast all the children are at each objective.
The children will be practising mental maths skills in school and will be tested regularly. In KS1 and KS2 classes will have 'Passport Time' daily where children will work on their individual Passport targets. But in order to progress quickly and to develop instant recall, your child will need your help!
How to help at home
We would ask that you spend 10 minutes each day practising your child’s passport skills with them. This could be walking to school, in the car, at teatime, before bed – it doesn’t need to be a sit down, formal time. For most of the skills, you could try the same procedures:
Go on Mathletics www.mathletics.co.uk or other number computer games. Mathletics also supports other areas of maths such as shape, space, measure and data handling so please encourage your child to keep using it. You might also like to try this website - http://www.st-pauls.wilts.sch.uk/math.html which has lots of different activities linked directly to numeracy passports skills.
Please follow the links to access the Passports.