Key Instant Recall Facts
To develop your child’s fluency and mental maths skills, we have decided to introduce KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) throughout school. KIRF’s are a way of helping your children to learn by heart, key facts and information which they need to have instant recall of.
KIRF’s are designed to support the development of mental maths skills that underpin much of the maths work in school. They are particularly useful when calculating: adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing. They contain number facts such as number bonds and times tables that children need constant practice and rehearsal so children can recall them quickly and accurately.
Instant recall facts help enormously with mental agility within maths lessons. When children move onto written calculations, knowing these facts is very beneficial. For your children to become more efficient in recalling them easily, they need to be practiced frequently and for short periods of time.
Each half term, children will focus on a particular KIRF to practice and learn for that half term. They will also be available on our school website under the maths section. The KIRFs include practical ideas to assist your child in grasping the key facts and contain helpful suggestions of ways in which you could make the learning interesting and relevant. They are not designed to be a time-consuming task and can be practiced anywhere – in the car, walking to school etc. Regular practice that is little and often helps retain these facts and keep their skills sharp. Throughout each half term, the KIRFs will also be practiced in school and your child’s teacher will assess whether they have been retained.
Over their time at primary school, we believe that – if the KIRFs are developed fully – children will be more confident with number work, understand relevance, and be able to access the curriculum much more easily. They will be able to apply what they have learned to a wide range of problems that confront us regularly.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask your child’s class teacher or Mr Newbold (Maths lead).