We intend to provide a curriculum which caters for the needs of all individuals and sets them up with the necessary skills and knowledge for them to become successful in not just school but in their future working lives. Essentially, our ethos at Hormead is that all children can be successful in the study of mathematics. Maths is for everyone! We want our children to be excited by Maths as we believe developing a positive attitude to this subject is essential in order to be successful. At Hormead, we take a mastery approach to the teaching and learning of maths.
To ensure whole school consistence and progression in maths from Early Years to Year 4, our school used the DfE approved 'Power Maths' scheme alongside White Rose premium resources which are perfectly aligned to Power Maths. Hormead, is part of the DfE funded Maths Hubs programme, we are in our third year of embedding a maths mastery programme. Power Maths topics are taught in blocks, to enable the achievement of 'mastery' over time. Each lesson phase provides the means to achieve greater depth, with children who are quick to grasp new content being offered rich and sophisticated problems, as well as exploratory, investigative tasks, within the lesson as appropriate.
Power Maths lessons are busy and interactive with children working independently, in pairs, in groups and as a class. Throughout the less, children are encouraged to solve problems each day through the use of concrete resources, pictorial representations and abstract thinking (the CPA approach).
The lesson begins with a Power Up fluency task to sustain prior learning, consolidate number facts and establish the lesson's confident, can-do tone. Next, children share, explore and learn from a Discover problem, presented with some focused questions to guide their thinking. This initial problem solving activity prompts discussion and reasoning, as well as promoting an awareness of maths in relatable real-life contexts that link to other areas of learning. After the Discover stage, children discuss their learning in a Share activity. During this whole-class, interactive learning phase, children share their thinking and look for best ways to solve the problem. The lesson then moves into a Think Together section. It begins with a teacher-guided question followed by a problem for children to solve in collaboration with a partner, and finally an independent question. It develops the concrete problem through the pictorial and abstract (CPA) stages and there is clear progression within each lesson. In the Practice section, children use the cleverly devised Practice Books to apply and rehearse what they've learned. The carefully varied questions help children to understand the essential features of each concept and build their fluency. The push children that little bit further. The questions are not what they're expecting and they have to think a bit more! There's always an 'Even Deeper' challenge question that links to other maths areas, too. Finally a Reflect section brings each lesson to a conclusion. It involves everyone looking back on what they feel they've each learned, and way for teachers to help each child to understand and consolidate their learning and reveal the depth of their understanding. White Rose Premium resources are frequently used to complement this part of the lesson.
The growth mindset characters help build mathematical confidence so every child can reach their potential. They are allies for our children and are all hard-working, enthusiastic and unafraid of making mistakes.