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Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs)

Key Instant Recall Facts

To develop pupils' fluency and mental maths skills, we are introducing KIRFs -Key Instant Recall Facts- from Years 1 -6.


KIRFs are designed to support the development of mental maths skills which underpin much of our maths work in our school. KIRFS are comprised of number facts  such and times tables, prime numbers, number bonds and complements that need frequent practise and rehearsal in order for pupils to recall them quickly and accurately. KIRFS are a way of helping your child to learn by heart, key facts and information which they need to have instant recall of. As children move onto written calculations, knowing these key facts is invaluable.


Each half term, year groups will focus on a KIRF to practise and learn at home and at school. Each child will receive a copy to keep at home, they are also available on the maths page of the Bridgetown website. The KIRFs include practical ideas to assist your child in grasping the key facts and contain helpful suggestions of ways to make learning interesting, meaningful and fun. Regular practice at home  - little and often – helps children to retain these facts and keep their skills sharp. Throughout the half term, KIRFs will also be practised in school and your child’s teacher will assess whether they have been retained. Parents will be informed of the outcome of assessments at the end of each half term.


We hope you will find the KIRFs document helpful; as a school we are confident that the careful progression of skills within each year group will have a significant impact on pupils’ mathematical fluency and confidence.


Here is the KIRF progression grid for the whole school:

Whole School KIRF Progression Map