Fast Maths

Fast Learning is an approach used to help children to develop fluency in foundation skills such as the recall of multiplication facts. Dedicating time to Foundational Learning within the Fast Learning sessions is intended to give learners the skills they need and release more curriculum time for Conceptual and Collaborative Learning opportunities that lead to deeper understanding and real life application.

Fast Maths sessions focus on children developing accuracy in their recall of times table facts before speed. The ultimate aim is to be able to recall facts both accurately and at speed. It is considered that if children can complete 144 questions on the grid under 4 minutes, then they have competent levels of fluency to be able to free up working memory when applying this to other areas of learning in their Maths. This is a vital skill to have and supports children’s learning across many other areas of Maths which is why we complete these sessions daily.

Structure of a session (Takes place daily after break for 15-20 mins):

·         Children have up to 10 minutes to complete 144 cells on a multiplication grid.

·         Children complete a blank grid using their knowledge of facts and record the time they complete it in.

·         During this time, children have a completed multiplication grid to refer to if they need to, in order to support with learning the facts accurately.

·         The aim is that children achieve personal bests by completing either more cells in the 10 minutes, or completing them all in a quicker time. For a score to count as a personal best the children must have only obtained up to 2 errors. This reinforces the point that accuracy is most important.

·         Personal bests are celebrated with the children publically, after marking it together as a class, and they are highly motivated to beat their own best scores. Each child has a folder where their grids and personal bests are recorded.

·         For those children who finish before the 10 minutes is up, an additional class challenge will be available in the classroom for them to have a go at which will be discussed at the end of the week.