At Hungerford Primary Academy, we teach Maths from Foundation to Year Six following the Power Maths Scheme of Work. This is an exciting class mastery approach, which has been recommended by the DfE, to ensure that the aims of the National Curriculum are achieved.
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.
A significant amount of time is devoted to developing key number concepts each year. This ensures students build their fluency as number sense will affect their success in other areas of mathematics. Students who are successful with number are much more confident mathematicians. We have an emphasis on children using concrete and pictorial resources to support their learning within mathematics, building knowledge and understanding to apply these skills within problem solving and reasoning activities.
How will the lessons work?
Each lesson follows the same format bringing in different elements, informed by research into best practice in maths teaching, that bring the lessons to life. These are:
- 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. This may also take on the form of a challenge question to really deepen their understanding of a concept.
Our aim is that all children should know all of their times tables to x12 by the time they reach the end of Year Four, this starts in Foundation Stage with number bonds. When children recall these facts it is expected that there is no thinking time. When this is achieved it opens the door to a whole new world of numeracy: e.g. 80 x 70 is easy to do if you know 8 x 7.
As the children pass through the school they will focus on different number bonds and times tables suitable for their year group. Each term there will be a different focus on a set of Key Instant Recall Facts. These are shared with parents and children will practise these regularly in school.
How can you help?
Please support us with the mindset that everyone can achieve in Maths. Even if your own experiences of maths were negative and you struggled with the subject, please try and talk positively about it.
Please spend a little time with your child each day ensuring they know their number bonds (KS1) and times tables to 12×12 (KS2) as knowing these are key to success in Maths. Key Instant Recall Facts are sent out half-termly. Please spend time practising these with your child.
One further way in which you can help your child on a regular basis is to discuss Maths in every day life. It is important that children see the relevance of the subject and see mathematical thinking in context.
Our aim is that all children should know all of their times tables to x12 by the time they reach the end of Year Four, this starts in Foundation Stage with number bonds.When children recall these facts it is expected that there is no thinking time. When this is achieved it opens the door to a whole new world of numeracy: e.g. 80 x 70 is easy to do if you know 8 x 7.
As the children pass through the school they will focus on different number bonds and times tables suitable for their year group. Children will practise these as part of their maths lesson and have regular tests. In Year Five and Six children will continue to practise their times tables as it is a fundamental aspect of their mathematics skills, they will take on times tables challenges once they are secure with all facts. Please ask your child what their times tables focus is and help them practise!