Thank you to Faye Duncan at Rosehall Primary for these fantastic photos of her Basic Facts Display!
Basic facts are all the number facts we want children to be able to recall instantly, such as doubles, number bonds to ten and multiplication facts. Building knowledge of basic facts is essential for developing mental agility, and to be able to solve problems using mental strategies.
The Basic Facts Progression Tracker has been developed to allow children to focus on one set of facts at a time – as their knowledge grows and they know one set instantly, then they can move on the next set.
There are Basic Facts quizzes and graphs for each set of facts. The Basic Facts assessment can be used to identify a start point for older children:
These can be used on a weekly basis to assess knowledge, and are a great way to develop children’s sense of responsibility for their own learning. The quizzes and graphs can all be found on the Maths and Numeracy site on Glow – just follow the link from the Home Page, or contact me by email if you would like more information!
Children need lots of opportunities to explore and practise the set of facts they are working on – have a look on the Games and Resources pages for some great ideas for building knowledge. Numicon, dice, dominoes, ten frames, rekenreks, playing cards are all great resources too, as well as games and apps online.
You may also find this document useful from an earlier post:
These are taken from the NZ maths Professional Development pages online – have a look here for lots of great ideas for teaching knowledge or strategies:
It would be fantastic to see more photos of numeracy display, or ideas for teaching Basic Facts – please contact me if you would like to share!