The Maths Curriculum has three key aims. These are to ensure that all pupils become fluent in mathematics, can reason mathematically and can solve problems. As an academy, over the last year we have been working hard to develop problem solving activities within lessons and encouraging children to explain their thinking and give reasons for their choices. The new ‘Fluency Passport’ allows us to work in partnership with parents and carers to focus on the third key aim, fluency.
The Fluency Passport will be used to help children master key mental arithmetic skills. They will be required to demonstrate quick recall and understanding of the different skills a number of times before staff will sign these off and allow the children to progress. Our passport is broken down into each of the inhabited continents of the world, each focusing on different mathematical skills linked to the National Curriculum. Before a passport is issued to our youngest children, they will have to complete a series of challenges known as ‘Getting Ready to Travel’ which is based on the EYFS curriculum targets. The key skills for each continent are listed alongside examples of how this skill can be demonstrated with example questions which can be used to test children’s ability and understanding.
Please see below the four stages of Passport currently being used in school.