At the end of their time with us at Thornton Primary School, we want our students to have a firm grasp of all areas of mathematics. This will enable our students to build on what have learned and continue to make good progress at their secondary school. To be able to achieve this, children must first have a sound understanding of number and how the number system works e.g. times-tables, decimal numbers etc. At Thornton Primary School we are using a system called Maths Passport to help achieve this aim.
What is it?
Each child has a ‘passport’ which lists a set of number skills they should focus on. There are seven passports – named after the continents and including a final ‘Globetrotters’ passport. The passport itself is used to track each child’s progression in basic number skills. The children should develop instant recall skills in all the objectives listed in their passport before they are awarded a certificate and move on to the next passport. To be awarded their certificate, though, children should not be taking time to work out the answer to questions; they need to know the answer straight away.
When do we do it?
The class teachers should work with your child’s passport group once a week which is where they check their progress towards their targets. However, there should also be some time provided each day for the children to focus on their passports skills. Where to start? All children work and progress through the passports at their own pace. However, the aim is to complete all the passports by the time they get to Year 6.
How to help at home
Your child should be able to tell you which passport they are working on. However, if needed, you can contact your child’s class teacher for more information. The objectives children should focus on within each passport are detailed below. We ask that you spend at least 10 minutes each evening practising your child’s passport skills with them. This could be in the car, at tea-time, before bed – it doesn’t need to be a sit-down, formal time. For most of the skills, you could try the same procedures:
Number Bonds e.g. number bonds to 10: you say 6, your child says 4 e.g. 3-times-table: you say 3, your child says 9 e.g. 4+3=? ?+4=7 3+?=7
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