Hormead C of E
First and Nursery School

"Love of Learning, Love of Life, Love of God"


Maths at Hormead

Mathematics is a whole network of concepts and relationships which children can use to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real-life problems. Mathematics is important in everyday life. It is integral to all aspects of life and we will endeavour to ensure that children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them and make them happy, confident lifelong learners.

At Hormead we believe that the teaching of mathematics should equip children with unique, powerful tools to help them understand and make sense of the world around them. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.


Our school Intent:

Maths should be seen as a vehicle to enable and not disable our children. We aim:

  • To use a Maths Mastery model using concrete, pictorial and abstract as a way of approaching Maths
  • To promote a positive attitude towards the learning of mathematics and teaching children to develop a ‘Growth Mindset’
  • To develop an enjoyment of learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion;
  • To develop confidence and competence with numbers and the number system through rapid recall;
  • To develop a conceptual understanding in order to solve problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts;
  • To develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented;
  • To help children understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life.
  • To review the teaching of Maths and the Maths policy every two years.

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.

  • 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 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.


Times Table Expectations


Nursery        To begin early counting – forward and backwards

Reception     To count in groups of 1, 2 and 10

Year 1          To count in groups of 2, 5 and 10

Year 2          Times tables (2,3,4,5,10)

Year 3          Times tables (2,3,4,5,8,10)

Year 4          All of the times tables


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!

Times Tables Rock Stars in 3 minutes