'I used to really struggle with maths and thought it was boring
- but now I just love trying to beat the clock" Chloe James, Year 6
'Poor literacy and poor numeracy - especially the latter - have a devastating effect on people's chances of well-paid and stable employment.
Moreover this is not just because people with poor skills tend to have few GCSEs or other formal qualifications. Even after controlling for
these, the effects of low skill levels are major and evident'
- Alison Wolf, 2002, Does Education Matter, Myths about education and economic growth
Automatic recall of number bonds is as essential to maths fluency as automatic ability to decode letters is to fluent reading.
Fast Maths is focused exclusively on teaching number bonds for addition and multiplication.
No lesson-planning or differentiation—Fast Maths is suitable for pupils of all abilities. It will help SEN pupils pass the multiplication test that will be introduced in 2019. Suitable for any pupil age 7 or older.
How does it compare with software? - Fast Maths has a huge advantage in terms of retention and pupil engagement.
Objectives - Fast Maths teaches automatic recall of number bonds for addition and multiplication. Research has shown that automatic recall of number bonds frees working memory for higher-order tasks.
Proof of progress over time - Timed readings and Progress Tests are recorded in the workbook. Ofsted will be impressed - and so will your pupils!
What does it consist of? - Each pupil gets a Fast Maths workbook and two sets of flashcards: one for addition, and another for multiplication. The teacher uses a manual which explains how it all works.