Numeracy Passports are used to improve children’s mental maths skills.
Each child will be given a passport with a series of targets. These targets get progressively more challenging as 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 passports are a very personalised way of learning as the children are challenged appropriately, for the level they are working at. They progress at their own speed onto the next stage.
The children will be practising mental maths skills in school and will be tested regularly. 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 is their maths homework for the week. 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:
eg number bonds to 10, you say 6, your child says 4
eg 3 x times table, you say 3, your child says 9
eg 4+3=? ?+4=7 3+?=7
You will find more ideas about how to help your child practise their mental maths skills on the back of the passports.
Websites to help reinforce numeracy skills for your numeracy passports.
KS2 resources and games
Easily navigable maths website with lots of resources
Lots of games and puzzles