We are adopting a maths scheme called Power Maths to support our teaching of 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.
The philosophy behind Power Maths is that being successful in maths is not just about rote-learning procedures and methods, but is instead about problem solving, thinking and discussing. Many people feel they were taught maths in a way that was about memorising formulas and calculation methods, then having to apply them without any real understanding of what or how these methods actually work. Power Maths includes practice questions to help children develop fluent recall and develop their conceptual understanding. Power Maths uses growth mindset characters to prompt, encourage and question children. They spark curiosity, engage reasoning, secure understanding and deepen learning for all.
Each lesson has a progression, with a central flow that draws the main learning into focus. There are different elements, informed by research into best practice in maths teaching, that bring the lessons to life:
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.
Please let us know how your children engage with Power Maths. We are looking forward to this adventure!
School Jam is an app for you to download on your phone. Your child’s teacher will send quick and fun maths activities for you to do at home with your child. All the activities are linked to what your child is doing in class. You can also watch short maths help videos revealing how your child is learning maths at school.
We will send you a letter and unique code along with the details of how to download the School Jam app. You will be asked to register on the app and enter your code to link to the school. Then, each week, your child’s teacher will send you a fun activity to do together. You can let your teacher know through the app when you have completed the activity and even send screenshots of how the activity went.
Just look out for your School Jam letter in your child’s book bag and prepare to get Jamming!