Maths at Hormead
At Hormead , we use Power Maths as a basis of our maths lesson for teaching a Mastery curriculum.
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.
Every lesson is divided into sections that involves plenty of discovery, sharing, collaboration, practice and reflection. Children are encouraged to solve problems each day through the use of concrete resources, pictorial representations and abstract thinking
At the heart of this programme is the idea that all children can achieve and be successful mathematicians with the right grown mindset. It promotes five friendly characters, each with their own positive skillset, to inspire and motivate children.
Meet the Power Maths Characters and find out about their Learning Powers:
Ash: is eager, interested and creative. He likes to imagine real life situations when solving problems and revise different areas of Maths so they are fresh in his mind.
Flo: During Maths lessons Flo likes to persevere and look for many different ways to solve problems. When planning her work, she likes to think carefully to ensure that she uses the most effective strategy to solve the problem.
Astrid: Astrid’s favourite lesson is Maths. She is brave and likes to listen carefully to other people’s opinions. When she is given a challenge she becomes absorbed in it and perseveres until she succeeds.
Dexter: Dexter loves numbers. He likes to use questioning to deepen his understanding. He likes to collaborate with her peers as he doesn’t always choose the most eﬃcient method.
What a typical Power Maths Lesson looks like
The lesson starts with a short power up activity which supports fluency in key number facts.
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.
What a typical Power Maths lesson looks like
Discover and share – practical real-life problem-solving, usually as paired work, using concrete objects to solve the problem. Sharing highlights the variety of methods that can be used to solve a single problem and gives every child the opportunity to offer answers.
Think together – children work in groups and pairs, discussing methods and solutions to problems. This encourages all children to think about how they solved the problem and explain it to their partner. Concrete materials are on tables to support and reinforce learning.
Practice – children work independently from practice books, while staff circulate to check progress. Sometimes staff will work with specific groups or individual children. Practice questions are presented in logical sequence, problems are represented in different ways, requiring different approaches. This encourages the children to think more creatively about how to reach a solution.
Reflect – the class comes together, giving the children the opportunity to review, reason and reflect on their learning. Open-ended questions, eg spot the mistake, allow teachers to check how deeply children have understood the day’s concept and plan for additional intervention accordingly.
Though we are following the Power Maths scheme, using text books, interactive teaching tools, practice books and lesson plans, the teachers will adapt and supplement these materials from other sources when they judge this necessary.
All children in Year 4 will be required to take a statutory multiplication tables check (MTC) for the first time, in June this year. The purpose of the check is to determine whether pupils can fluently recall their times tables up to 12, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will also help our school to identify pupils who may need additional support.
More information for parents can be found in the guidance below.
At Hormead, we encourage children to use TT Rockstars, a useful website and App to support children in their recall of Time Tables.
Each week TT Rockstars concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so.
This format has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 8 years in over 14,000 schools - both primary and secondary - worldwide.
You can download the App for free on most devices or practise online. Children are given opportunities to play TT Rockstars in school too!