Our approach to Maths
Please click on the calculation policies below to understand how the methods we use develop children’s confidence in their understanding of both written and mental methods.
Power Maths has been designed for UK schools based on research and extensive experience of teaching and learning around the world and here in the UK. It has been designed to support and challenge all pupils, and is built on the belief that all children can achieve.
Power Maths is structured around a whole class interactive teaching model that focuses on helping all children to build a deep understanding of concepts. The philosophy behind Power Maths is that being successful is not just about rote-learning procedures and methods, but is instead about problem solving, thinking and discussing. Power Maths includes practice questions to help children develop fluent recall and develop their conceptual understanding. Power Maths uses growth mindset characters to prompt, encourage and question children. They spark curiosity, engage reasoning, secure understanding and deepen learning for all.
For each year group the curriculum strands are broken down into core concepts. These are taught in blocks of lessons giving sufficient time to develop a deep and sustainable understanding of core maths concepts. Each concept is broken down into lessons. Each lesson and concept builds on prior knowledge to help children build a robust and deep understanding of the concept before moving on.
Opportunities are provided for same day intervention if necessary and also for deepening activities if pupils master the concept.
Each lesson is divided up into:
A Power Up activity designed to support fluency in all key number facts.
Discover and Share activity where children can share, reason and learn. This is often a real-life example, sometimes a puzzle or a game. These are engaging and fun, and designed to get all children thinking. The class shares their ideas and compares different ways to solve the problem, explaining their reasoning with hands-on resources and drawings to make their ideas clear.
Think together. In this section Power Maths takes the approach “I do, we do, you do”, as children apply the knowledge they have just learned in a series of problems that continue to encourage thinking throughout.
Practice where the skills learnt and used to build fluency and develop deeper understanding of concepts. Challenge questions link to other units encourage children to take their understanding to a greater level of depth.
Reflect which allows children to review their learning while reasoning.