To encourage whole-school consistency and progression, the school has adopted the DfE approved ‘Power Maths’ scheme of learning. This scheme is fully aligned with the White Rose Maths scheme and the school’s ongoing engagement with the DfE funded Maths Hubs programme, continuing to support the staff at all levels fully understand the pedagogy of the ‘mastery’ approach.
In a typical lesson, new concepts are introduced to the children within the context of a problem: this prompts discussion and verbal reasoning, as well as promoting an awareness of maths in relatable real-life contexts. Children spend time on small tasks set by the teacher, often using equipment and resources to reinforce and stretch their understanding. Teachers encourage children to ‘discover’ key concepts through these tasks and then draw learning together, with each learning step building on the last. Children’s language and reasoning skills are developed throughout.
The lesson then moves to independent learning where children apply their understanding to a range of increasingly challenging problems. At this point, high attainers are extended through rich, deep mathematical problems while any children still with gaps in their understanding receive immediate intervention to fill these, allowing the class to move forward together and ensuring none fall behind.