It’s key to make sure we are clear, that the Rapid Recall Boards do not ‘teach’ the concepts but each part of the board is like another building block, each increasing fluency and recall.

Our fantastic customers have come up with many different ways to complete the boards and we’d love to share a few with you.

Suggestion 1 – The Timed Snapshot

How it works

This is one of the simplest ways to use the boards, and might be useful to do at the start and end of term to gauge overall progress.

Once the number is chosen, pupils work individually and in silence for a set time limit, working through each section of the board.

Things to think about

  • Would this approach be suitable for all children?
  • How could you modify this approach for less confident children (working in pairs, on circled parts of the board only…)

Questions to ask Pupils

  • Did you work through the board in a particular order?
  • Did you avoid certain parts?  (If so, as a teacher, what could you ascertain if you see blank sections of a child’s board?)
  • Did you choose the first section based on feeling really confident in that area?
  • Do you think that if you regularly practised in this way your time and fluency skills would improve?

Suggestion 2 – Pilot and Navigator

How it works

Split pupils into pairs, they will alternate roles.

The Pilot writes the answers on the board, but only after the Navigator has justified their reasoning for that answer. After 1 section of the board, swap roles.

This method really helps pupils develop mathematical vocabulary, strategies and reasoning skills.

You may find it beneficial to give pupils a whiteboard to do workings out on.

Things to think about

  • How would you create your pairs?
  • Would you change them?
  • If you’d change them, how often?

Questions to ask Pupils

  • Did your partner not like certain areas of the board?
  • Was there sections of the board which your partner did really well on?
  • What did your partner struggle with?
  • What tips would you give your partner to improve?

Suggestion 3 – The Silent Assassin

How it works

Pupils can work in pairs or individually.

You, a teaching assistant or a pupil gets assigned the role of assassin.

After a few minutes of pupils filling their boards in, the assassin walks around and when they spot an incorrect answer they rub it out without saying a word.

Things to think about

  • If a pupil is going to be the assassin, how will you choose them?
  • Consider having the correct answers on a tablet or computer nearby to double check – on some boards there is a lot of answers to look at!
  • What happens if the assassin erases a correct answer?

Questions to ask Pupils

  • Where did you make a mistake?
  • How did you correct it?
  • What have you learnt as a result of the mistake being identified?
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Suggestion 4 – Section by Section

How it works

This method is great for going really in depth on each part of the board.

At the beginning of teaching a new concept, get pupils to complete the section of the board and use this to quickly gauge existing knowledge.

You may find it useful to teach using that section of the board as a demonstration point.

Once you have finished the lesson, even though there may be more to teach on that section, get pupils to complete that section again and observe to see progress or remaining gaps.

Things to think about

  • What are your expectations for progress in 1 lesson what could be a chunky subject?
  • Ensure you have the path to build up to being able to complete the board mapped out.
  • You probably don’t need to record the results, just assess on the fly and shape your teaching from that.