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What is Power Maths?

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.

 

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.

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