Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs)
KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) are designed to support the development of the mental skills that underpin much of the mathematics work in school. They are particularly useful when calculating, be it adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing.
Each year group is allocated up to six facts to focus on throughout the year, in line with age related expectations (see appendix 1). Time is to be dedicated at least 3 times each week, possibly in smaller daily bursts to ensure that the KIRF is practiced and learnt so that children grow in confidence to recall their facts instantly. Each half term, children will be assessed on their year group’s KIRF. Teachers track when pupils achieve their KIRF and pupils who do not achieve will continue to work on it in an intervention group.
The link below has useful ideas for how to support your child to learn their KIRFs at home.