What are Maths Passports?
The Maths Passports programme is a clearly structured, progressive scheme to help you and your child be very clear about the next steps in the development of their mental maths skills.
The Passports start in Reception and work through, all the way to Year 6. They were originally developed by Ray Maher, an independent maths consultant; however with his kind permission we have edited them slightly based on our children’s needs to ensure accelerated progress in numeracy.
How does the programme work?
The passports are broken down into continents and the children work through each of these in turn as they go through school. Each passport contains a series of targets which are based on key mathematical concepts that are essential for everyday success in maths and correspond to the National Numeracy Strategy and the National Curriculum.
The children are assessed weekly on their progress towards their targets. If successful, their passports are stamped, 3 stamps indicates a target is fully achieved. Children who are struggling with particular targets can join a 'Passport Control’ session where they can experience a series of short, targeted small group teaching sessions to ensure they continue to make progress.
Certificates are awarded in assemblies and achievements are celebrated on displays around school.
Why do we use Maths Passports?
The emphasis of the programme is on the child having instant recall of number facts, i.e., they know them off by heart and do not need to ‘work them out’.
Having secure and instant recall of number facts is the best foundation upon which children can build and apply their other maths skills.
They are highly motivational and engaging for children. Research tell us that when children are engaged in their learning and enjoy it, they make more progress and achieve better outcomes.
What can parents do to support their children at home?
Click on the links below for further information on how you can help at home.
Example Questions (updated Feb 2016)