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School Maths Lead: Miss C Parton


KIRF'S (Key Instant Recall Facts)


KIRF's are designed to support the development of the mental maths skills that underpin much of the maths work in schools. They are particularly useful when calculating be it adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing.

An important part of maths development has always been rote learning of certain maths facts such as number bonds and doubles. 

Each half term, at Crown Meadow, children will be assessed on KIRF's that will be taught in school but also need to be practised at home as well.

It is important that these facts are known thoroughly and children can recall them instantly. Whilst children have a wide range of abilities in mathematics, the KIRF's are designed to be a set of facts to be learnt thoroughly as they build on progress year on year. 

Again, we stress that the children must aim to know their KIRF's inside and out, back to front and with instant recall.

We strongly encourage you to engage with your children in the learning of their KIRF's and find fun and practical ways to do this.

We know that, by internalising these key facts which have been carefully structured to build upon each other term by term, year by year, children will leave Crown Meadow with a much stronger foundation of mathematical understanding. 

We hope that you enjoy working alongside your children with this mathematics work, should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Miss Parton (Mathematics Lead).


Top Tips:

* the key to success with KIRF's is lots of practise but our motto is 'little and often'

* make it fun, make it everyday and accessible for the children, for example, when slicing pizza, cake or fruit- talk about how many pieces you have, discuss halves and quarters, think about how many more pieces you would need to make 10 or even 20, 50 and so on.

* use what you already know to help you- think near tens, what comes after, if you know that 5 and 5 make 10 then you know that 50 and 50 make 100 etc. 



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