Maths Passports is a clearly structured, progressive scheme to help you and your child be very clear about their next step in their mental maths skills.
The Maths Passports are linked to the National Curriculum for each year group and have the following year group expectations:
- By the end of Reception, the expectation is for children to have completed the British Isles;
- By the end of Key Stage 1, in Year 2, we aim for children to have completed Antarctica;
- By the end of Year 4, the expectation is for children to have completed Pangea;
- By the end of Year 5, the aim is for all of the passports to be completed including Atlantis .
Children will be given regular opportunities to practise their passport targets in school. Home support is also extremely valuable and we ask that you spend a few minutes at least three times per week practising your child’s passport skills with them. This could be in the car, at teatime or before bed – it doesn’t need have to be a formal sit down time. Further guidance can be found for each passport on our website under the 'Maths Passport Guidance' tab which has the targets, as well as helpful example questions that you can ask your child. There are also tabs with online games for children to practise their targets, as well as offline screen-free games which you can play with your child.
Children will be given regular opportunities to meet their targets. The emphasis will be on ‘mastery’ and therefore children will be required to successfully complete a task linked to one of their objectives at least 3 times before that objective is fully signed off by the class teacher.
When your child has achieved all of the objectives for their passport (by demonstrating that they have met all of their targets on their passport at least 3 times), they will receive a certificate of recognition. Following this, your child’s next passport detailing their new objectives will be sent home.
When a child achieves the targets for the last of the Maths Passports for their year group, they will not move onto a Maths Passport for the year group above. Instead, during Maths Passport practice time in school, they will have access to activities that will consolidate their skills and further develop their competency and maths mastery.
If you have any questions regarding the Maths Passports, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.