At St John with St Michael CE Primary School, we use Power Maths as a basis of our maths lessons. This is an exciting class mastery approach, which has been recommended by the DfE, that works for every child. It is based upon the concrete, pictorial and abstract approaches.
Every lesson is divided into sections that involve plenty of discovery, sharing, collaboration, practice and reflection. Children are encouraged to solve problems each day through the use of concrete resources, pictorial representations and abstract thinking.
At the heart of this programme is the idea that all children can achieve and be successful mathematicians with the right growth mindset. It promotes five child friendly characters, each with their own positive skillset, to inspire and motivate children. These characters are:
We have adopted these characters within school as our characteristics of a mathematician. Keep an eye out for our characters all around our school environment.
To develop our pupils times tables instant recall, we use Times Tables Rock Stars to ensure all pupils are profiecient in their times tables by the end of Year 4.