At Bayards Hill Primary School we follow a primary programme called ‘Power Maths’ to support teaching and learning in mathematics.
What is Power Maths?
Power Maths is a whole-class mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and help you nurture confidence in maths. At the heart of Power Maths is the belief that all children can achieve. It’s built around a child-centred lesson design that models and embeds a growth mindset approach to maths.
Power Maths is written specifically for UK curriculum classrooms by leading mastery experts from around the world and is recommended by the UK’s Department for Education.
How Does It Work in the Classroom?
Lessons follow a clear structure: Power Up, Discover, Share, Think Together, Practice and Reflect.
Each lesson begins with a Power Up activity which supports fluency in key number facts. The Discover is a practical, real-life problem practise that arouses curiosity. Children find the maths through story-telling. Share; a teacher-led interactive section follows the Discover activity and highlights the variety of methods that can be used to solve a single problem. Think together is where children work in class, groups on the carpet or at tables, using their textbooks or eBooks. Children use their practise books to go through independent tasks that link to the learning. This is great opportunity for teachers to quickly assess any misconceptions that may occur during a lesson. And Reflect is an opportunity for teachers to check how deeply children understand the target concept.
The concept behind each lesson is that children are in mixed ability; the whole class taught together. This ensures that every child will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with their peers, addressing the problems through reasoning and rich mathematical vocabulary.
Children find it much easier to visualise and grasp concepts if they see them presented in a number of ways. Power Maths offers variation in each unit and this gives children the opportunity to explore different mathematical concepts and grasp them more easily.
How Is Your Child’s Work Assessed?
Forms of formative assessment within lessons:
The Think together section will often reveal any confusions or insecurities. Teachers are able to identify children who need further support through strengthening and deepening activities.
The Practice books enable teachers to assess on a daily basis as the tasks are independent. Teachers check Practice Books and listen out both during and after practice to identify misconceptions. Teachers will be able to identify children’s depth of understanding in the Reflect section.
End of Unit Check. At the end of each unit (depending on the length of unit) teachers will be able to give children a quick assessment that will help teachers assess quickly and clearly each child’s understanding, fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills. In KS2 this check also contains a SATs-style question to help children become familiar with answering this type of question.