We teach Maths using the Power Maths scheme, an approach to teaching maths developed in Singapore. 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 topics.
Lessons typically are broken into five parts:
- Discover – a Discover task to get children to solve a problem that aims to generate curiosity. During the Discover section children may use manipulatives to help them understand the maths and explain their method. The children are encouraged during this time to think of as many ways as possible to solve the question as possible.
- Share – The next stage encourages children to Share the methods they have tried to solve the problem in Discover.
- Think Together – We only learn when we are thinking! In this section Power Maths takes the approach “I do, we do, you do”, as children apply the knowledge they have just learned in a series of problems that continue to encourage thinking throughout.
- Practice – independent practice on your own. Once children have mastered the concept, they use their reasoning and problem-solving skills to develop their depth of learning.
- Reflect - The final Reflect question helps the children evaluate whether they have understood the key concept and small step that they have been trying to master in the lesson.
- A highly effective approach to teaching maths based on research and evidence
- 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
Find out more by downloading the Power Maths programme guide by clicking here.
We also use Times Tables Rockstars as a tool to help pupils develop fluency in multiplication tables.
Have a look at the programmes of study for each year group: