Mathematics is a key life skill. Through our work in Mathematics, children will gain the knowledge and understanding to confidently use their skills to work within our world today.
The new National Curriculum states that:
“Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.”
At Southfields, we use Power Maths as a basis for 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 approach.
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 skillsets, 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.
As with everything we do, our Mathematics is supported by communication and vocabulary development. To ensure that children can make good or better progress we spend a high percentage of time discussing mathematical elements and learning how to use question stems to answer questions in our learning. Within each classroom you will see a 'Working Wall' that displays the language the children are currently focusing on along with the area of Mathematics they are studying within Power Maths. As this is a Mastery approach, the children will spend more time repeating and practising their learning to ensure that it embeds into their long term memory and therefore are able to apply across other areas of the curriculum.