What are KIRFs?

To develop your child’s fluency and mental maths skills, we are introducing KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) throughout school. KIRFS are a way of helping your child to learn by heart, key facts and information which they need to have instant recall of.

KIRFs are designed to support the development of mental maths skills that underpin much of the maths work in our school. They are particularly useful when calculating, adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing. They contain number facts such as number bonds and times tables that need constant practise and rehearsal, so children can recall them quickly and accurately.

Instant recall of facts helps enormously with mental agility in maths lessons. When children move onto written calculations, knowing these key facts is very beneficial. For your child to become more efficient in recalling them easily, they need to be practised frequently and for short periods of time.

How can we access the KIRFs at home?

Each half term, children will focus on a Key Instant Recall Fact (KIRF) to practise and learn at home for the half term. They will be available on your child's Google classroom.

How do we practise the KIRFs?

The KIRFs include key vocabulary and examples of the key skills, as well as practical ideas to assist your child in grasping the key facts. Each KIRF also contains helpful suggestions of ways in which you could make this learning interesting and relevant. They are not designed to be a time-consuming task and can be practised anywhere – in the car, walking to school, etc. Regular practice - little and often – helps children to retain these facts and keep their skills sharp.

How are the KIRFs developed in school?

Throughout the half term, the KIRFs will also be practised regularly and in short bursts in school. Over their time at primary school, we believe that - if the KIRFs are developed fully - children will be more confident when working with number, understand its relevance, and be able to access the curriculum much more easily. They will be able to apply what they have learnt to a wide range of problems that confront us regularly.

Maths Vocabulary

In Maths we use the correct vocabulary when teaching new skills, processes and knowledge.  

Click here to see some of the new vocabulary we are using.

Maths Vocab

How can I help my child with Maths?

Growth Mindset Praise - encourage a ‘have a go’ attitude - praise effort

Use maths in real-life contexts

Questioning to help develop reasoning

Useful websites - Maths games

Times table practice

Times table rockstars - link on your child's student hub.

J2blast website

Dice bingo - roll two dice and multiply the answer. Whoever gets the answer first wins the point. 

Rock, paper, scissors - play like normal but on the count of 3 each person holds up fingers from 1-10 and the first one to say the answer if they are multiplied together gets a point.To make it easier you can play with just 1 hand so that the largest multiplication they will be doing is 5x5. 

Draw a Waldorf multiplication flower - Children start this activity by drawing the centre of the flower, in which they write a number between 2 and 12. They then draw 12 petals around the centre, with each petal containing the numbers 1 through 12. The last step is to draw another set of 12 petals which contain the centre number multiplied by each petal in the inner circle.

You can also learn multiplication facts through songs.  

Find more game ideas here.

The Maths at home resource is designed to provide support for busy parents that wish to help theirchild with their mathematical development at home. A video has been made for every single NationalCurriculum descriptor for the whole of Key Stage 1 and 2.  This provides coverage for the entire Mathematics Primary curriculum. Each video is a snapshot of how many schools may teach the particular strand, and also provides examples of how parents could support their child at home. Where appropriate, video content is reinforced with a selection of downloadable resources.

Maths at home videos are designed to feel like they are taking place on a table at home, encouraging communication, conversation and lots of fun while working on them.

The video resources are designed to bring Maths to life, highlighting learning opportunities within cookery, play, decorating and gardening. Most importantly, they are designed to ignite conversations between children and parents, and to make Maths a positive and enjoyable experience outside of school.

Your child can access these resources by typing their school username and password in on the LGFL website.  

Maths Strategies

Please find below some YouTube videos to help explain some of the strategies we use in school: