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Maths Passports Coming Soon

Maths Passports are a strategy for improving children’s mental maths skills.

Each child will be given a passport with a series of targets set out in continents. These targets get progressively more challenging through the school. The passports track progression in basic number skills.  The children will develop instant recall skills in all the objectives – they should not be taking time to work out the answer to each question, they need to know it instantly.

All children will start at their attainment level and progress through the passports at their own pace.  The aim is to complete the passports at the latest by Year 6.  At first, it may seem that the work they are doing is too easy but we want to check how fast all the children are at each objective.

The children will be practising mental maths skills in school and will be tested regularly.  But in order to progress quickly and to develop instant recall, your child will need your help.

How To Help At Home

We would ask that you spend 10 minutes each day practising your child’s passport skills with them.  This could be walking to school, in the car, at teatime, before bed – it doesn’t need to be a sit down, formal time.  For most of the skills, you could try the same procedures:

  • eg number bonds to 10, you say 6, your child says 4
  • eg 3 x times table, you say 3, your child says 9
  • eg 4+3=?    ?+4=7   3+?=7

Why not  visit Mathletics or other number computer games.  Mathletics also supports other areas of maths such as shape, space, measure and data handling so please encourage your child to keep using it.

We use passport cards for each stage/continent containing a list of targets taken from the rapid recall elements of the Primary Framework for each year group:


Stage 1 - England

Stage 2 - Scotland

Stage 3 - Wales

Stage 4 - N Ireland

Stage 5 - Ireland

Stage 6 - Europe

Stage 7 - Asia

Stage 8 - Africa

Stage 9 - Antarctica

Stage 10 - Australasia

Stage 11 - North America

Stage 12 - South America

Stage 13 - Globetrotter

Stage 14 - Pangea

Stage 15 - Atlantis

This is a very personalised way of learning as the children are challenged in the passport that is appropriate for the level they are working at. They progress at their own speed onto the next stage.

Passport Process:

The passport targets are incorporated into the oral mental starters at least twice a week.

  • Children are assessed on these targets weekly by completing a timed task.
  • Three ticks next to a target indicates that the target has been achieved.
  • Children continue to practice and be assessed on the remaining targets until all of the targets for a continent have been achieved. Following a combined test on all targets, they receive a certificate for their achievement.  They then move on to the next continent and a new set of targets.