At Cockshutt C of E Primary School, we use Power Maths as a basis for our Maths lessons. This is an exciting mastery approach, which has been recommended by the DfE. It is based upon the concrete, pictoral and abstract model of learning. This approach is not about getting the answer quickly or teaching ‘quick fix’ tricks. It is about giving our pupils the tools to fully understand a mathematical concept.
Mathematics lessons are broken down into a sequence of small, progressive steps and enable pupils to continually build on prior knowledge. Concepts are gradually developed and pupils are encouraged to make links in their mathematical thinking, develop flexibility in understanding and apply their learning across a range of contexts.
Every lesson is divided into sections that involve discovery, sharing, collaboration, practice and reflection. 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.
At the heart of Power Maths is the idea that all children can achieve. It rejects the idea that people simply ‘can’t do’ maths.