Our Maths curriculum is one that is accessible to all and will maximise the development of every child’s ability and academic achievement. We deliver lessons that are creative and engaging where confidence, resilience and a ‘can do’ attitude is nurtured through a variety of teaching and learning strategies; where the use of models, images and mathematical language are at the heart of our approach. We want children to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems and we intend for our pupils to be able to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects. We want children to realise that mathematics has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. We want them to know that it is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. As our pupils progress, we intend for them to be able to understand the world; have the ability to reason mathematically; have an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics; and to have a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Along with other planning and activities that teachers feel is best for their classes, we follow a scheme called Power Maths.
What is Power Maths?
Power Maths is a resource that 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 EVERYONE can learn maths successfully.
How does this support our approach to teaching?
The philosophy behind Power Maths is that being successful in maths is not just about rote-learning procedures and methods, but is instead about problem solving, thinking and discussing. Many people feel they were taught maths in a way that was about memorising formulas and calculation methods, then having to apply them without any real understanding of what or how these methods actually work. Power Maths includes practice questions to help children develop fluent recall and 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.
How will the lessons work?
Each lesson has a progression, with a central flow that draws the main learning into focus. There are different elements, informed by research into best practice in maths teaching, that bring the lessons to life:
- Discover – each lesson begins with a problem to solve, often a real-life example, sometimes a puzzle or a game. These are engaging and fun, and designed to get all children thinking.
- Share – 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. Children are able to develop their understanding of the concept with input from the teacher.
- Think together – the next part of the lesson is a journey through the concept, digging deeper and deeper so that each child builds on secure foundations while being challenged to apply their understanding in different ways and with increasing independence.
- Practice – now children practice individually or in small groups, rehearsing and developing their skills to build fluency, understanding of the concept and confidence.
- Reflect – finally, children are prompted to reflect on and record their learning from each session and show how they have grasped the concept explored in the lesson.
What if my child needs a confidence boost, or wants to be challenged further?
Power Maths is based on a ‘small-steps’ approach, sometimes called a ‘mastery approach’. This means that the concepts are broken down so that your child can master one idea without feeling over-whelmed. There are a range of fluency, reasoning and problem solving questions in each lesson that are designed to support the different needs and confidence levels within a class, while at the same time fostering a spirit of working and learning together. Each lesson includes challenge questions for those children who can delve deeper into a concept.
Further support and curriculum guidance is available by year group.
YEAR 1: Mathematics Guidance
The key focus of mathematics in Year 1 is to ensure your child develops confidence with whole numbers. They will learn to count forwards and backwards to at least 100, order numbers and begin to learn key number facts by heart, for example 7 + 3 =10 or 8 + 2 =10. They will use practical resources and measuring equipment to both engage, support their developing understanding and problem solve.
YEAR 2: Mathematics Guidance
The key focus of mathematics in Year 2 is to ensure your child develops confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. They will use practical resources, pictures and diagrams to develop their understanding of the four operations of + – x ÷ and to problem solve. They will learn to identify and find fractions of amounts, work with money and measures, including telling the time and learning number facts to 20 by heart.
YEAR 3: Mathematics Guidance
The key focus of mathematics in Year 3 is to ensure your child is confident and increasingly fluent working with whole numbers and the four operations + – x ÷, including their knowledge of place value and number facts. They will calculate mentally and begin to develop efficient written methods, working with three-digit numbers and to calculate with fractions. They will continue to develop their reasoning skills, explaining how they approached problems, analysing similarities and differences when working with shapes.
YEAR 4: Mathematics Guidance
The key focus of mathematics in Year 4 is to ensure your child is confident and increasingly fluent working with place value, developing their understanding of our number system using decimals, and with the four operations + – x ÷. They will calculate mentally and continue to develop efficient written methods, working accurately with up to four-digit whole numbers. They will add, subtract and find fractions of amounts. They will continue to develop their reasoning skills, explaining how they approached problems, analysing similarities and differences when working with shapes.
YEAR 5: Mathematics Guidance
The key focus of mathematics in Year 5 is to ensure your child is confident and increasingly fluent working with integers up to 1 000 000 and to three decimal places. Their knowledge of written methods for addition and subtraction should now be secure and swiftly extended to include larger numbers and calculating with decimals. Written methods for short multiplication and division, calculating with fractions and percentages will be further developed. They will advance their ability to solve a wide range of increasingly complex problems using their knowledge of number and calculation. Work in geometry and measures will consolidate and extend knowledge developed in number.
YEAR 6: Mathematics Guidance
The key focus of mathematics in Year 6 is to ensure your child is confident and increasingly fluent working with integers up to 10 000 000. They will develop and connect their understanding of multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio. They will further develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including the use of algebra. Teaching will ensure your child can classify increasingly complex geometric shapes and learn the vocabulary used to describe them. By the end of Year 6 they should be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and working with fractions, decimals and percentages.