At Wavendon Gate School, we teach maths using the Power Maths scheme, an approach developed to embed teaching for mastery. Problem solving, fluency and relational understanding are at the heart of the scheme. It uses the Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach and allows pupils to spend enough time to fully explore a topic, reinforcing it with practice, before moving onto the next one. All ideas are built on previous knowledge and pupils have ample opportunity to develop relationships between maths topics.
Lessons are typically broken into six parts:
1. Power Up- the entire class spend time on a set of fluency questions. They are encouraged to solve the questions in the most efficient way.
2. Discover- A practical, real-life problem arouses curiosity. Children find the maths through story telling. A real-life scenario is provided for this section to give children the time to explore, play and discuss possible strategies.
3. Share- Teacher-led, this interactive section follows the Discover activity and highlights the variety of methods that can be used to solve a single problem. It is an opportunity for children share and celebrate their solutions and strategies.
4. Think Together- The children work in groups to solve a range of mathematical problems. The children need to think together in their groups and then discuss their methods and solutions with the class.
5. Practice- Children work independently on questions that follow small steps of progression to deepen their understanding. This section also provides challenge questions which are designed for children to apply their knowledge of the topic in a range of different ways.
6. Reflect- The reflect section is an opportunity for children to show how deeply they have understood the target concept. Various approaches are used to check that children have fully understood and are ready to move on.
A highly effective approach to teaching maths based on research and evidence
One of two Department for Education (DfE) recommended teaching for mastery schemes
Builds students’ mathematical fluency without the need for rote learning
Introduces new concepts using Bruner’s Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach
Pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to reciting formulas they don’t understand
Teaches mental strategies to solve problems such as drawing a bar model
Times Tables Rockstars is a tool used in Year Two and across Key Stage Two to help pupils develop fluency in multiplication tables.
For homework, children use MyMaths, a website based resource, to practise previously learnt maths knowledge and skills.
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