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KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) are designed to support the development of the mental skills that underpin much of the maths work in schools. They are particularly useful when calculating, be it adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing. An important part of maths has always been rote learning of certain numeracy facts. For many years this has included practicing times tables. We have added more structure to this throughout school, as well as adding several other elements of instant recall maths.  


Each half term children are given Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) to practice and learn at home as well as the work in school. It is important that they know these thoroughly and can recall specific facts instantly.


We strongly encourage you to engage with your children in the learning of their KIRFs; fun, practical ideas are included on the sheet and should be undertaken daily as part of their homework schedule. We know that, by internalizing these key facts which have been carefully structured to build upon each other term by term, year by year, children will leave St John’s with a much stronger foundation of mathematical understanding to build upon.


The KIRF will also be included in the middle square of the half-termly learning log.


If you would like any further information or ideas, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher via the office; pop in during a Tuesday drop in; or contact myself as maths lead.