Our vision for mathematics ~ connections, confidence, reasoning
connections ~ We encourage pupils to deepen their understanding by making connections between different concepts and representations.
confidence ~ Pupils have belief in their ability because of their secure understanding of the number system, of calculations and how to approach problems.
reasoning ~ Pupils are taught to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, developing an argument or justification, and using mathematical language. Pupils are encouraged to think independently and persevere to solve more sophisticated problems.
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 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.
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 a challenge question for those children who can delve deeper into a concept.
The Importance of Early Number Concepts
The Early Number Programme intends to
secure firm foundations in the development
of good number sense for all children from
Foundation Stage through to Year 1 and Year 2.
The aim is that children will leave KS1 with
fluency in calculation and a confidence with
number, be able to clearly communicate their
mathematical ideas and use manipulatives
such as the rekenrek.
To support your child at home, they can access
their own NumBots account (similar to TTRS) using their log in details.
Why do we learn the times tables?
In primary school, times tables knowledge is vital for quick mental maths calculations and problem solving, as well as for many of other elements of maths that children learn.
The National Curriculum states: ‘By the end of Year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 multiplication table and show precision and fluency in their work’. The table below provides a breakdown of the expectations for each year group in terms of counting and the recall of multiplication and division facts:
How are we preparing the children?
In school, each year group places a high emphasis on the importance on daily counting. Early Years and Years 1 and 2 participate in counting activities daily. Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 focus on developing times table speed and accuracy through a range of activities, such as chanting, loop games and rapid recall, iPad/Computer games. Children in Years 3 and 4 are provided focus time to practice these skills in addition to daily maths lesson.
Times Tables Rockstars (TTRS) is a great website that can be used to support your children’s
learning. In school, the children focus their
time playing in the Gig (testing scenario),
Garage (focused practice based on the
Gig testing) or Jamming (pupil chosen
tables to practice). The Soundcheck is a
direct copy of what the Multiplication
Check looks like and is useful to play from
time to time so the children get used to the format.