Maths at Acre Heads

At Acre Heads, our maths curriculum is designed to provide children with the opportunity to expand upon and develop their mental maths skills, and prepare them for the wide variety of problem-solving opportunities that they will encounter in their lives.

We have introduced a whole school Maths scheme called Power Maths for Foundation Stage to Year 6. Power Maths is a mastery programme designed to spark curiosity, excitement and help children nurture confidence in maths.

The teaching of Maths through the Mastery Approach with Power Maths

Power Maths – makes Maths an adventure!

Maths is an adventure for children to immerse themselves in, get creative with, make mistakes, and conquer!

At Acre Heads, we are proud to be able to offer all our children the opportunity to embrace the Power Maths scheme. Working in year appropriate groups, the children are able to work through the programme, whilst enjoying the ‘adventure’.

​Rich textbooks provide a coherent structure through the curriculum and supports children on their journey towards a deeper understanding. Practice Books give the pupils just the right amount of intelligent practice for children to complete independently.

What is Power Maths?
Power Maths is a resource that has been designed for UK schools based on research and extensive experience of teaching and learning around the world and here in the UK. It has been designed to support and challenge all pupils, and is built on the belief that EVERYONE can learn maths successfully.

How does this support our approach to teaching?
The philosophy behind Power Maths is that being successful in maths is not just about rote-learning procedures and methods, but is instead about problem solving, thinking and discussing.  Power Maths includes practice questions to help children develop fluent recall and develop their conceptual understanding. Power Maths uses growth mindset characters to prompt, encourage and question children. They spark curiosity, engage reasoning, secure understanding and deepen learning for all.

Further information about the curriculum coverage for each year group can be found within the documents listed below:

How does Power Maths lessons work?

Each lesson has a progression, with a central flow that draws the main learning into focus. There are different elements, informed by research into best practice in maths teaching, that bring the lessons to life:

  • Discover – each lesson begins with a problem to solve, often a real-life example, sometimes a puzzle or a game. These are engaging and fun, and designed to get all children thinking.
  • Share – the class shares their ideas and compares different ways to solve the problem, explaining their reasoning with hands-on resources and drawings to make their ideas clear. Children are able to develop their understanding of the concept with input from the teacher.
  • Think together – the next part of the lesson is a journey through the concept, digging deeper and deeper so that each child builds on secure foundations while being challenged to apply their understanding in different ways and with increasing independence.
  • Practice – now children practice individually or in small groups, rehearsing and developing their skills to build fluency, understanding of the concept and confidence.
  • Reflect – finally, children are prompted to reflect on and record their learning from each session and show how they have grasped the concept explored in the lesson.

What if my child needs a confidence boost, or wants to be challenged further? 

Power Maths is based on a ‘small-steps’ approach, sometimes called a mastery approach. This means that the concepts are broken down so that your child can master one idea without feeling over-whelmed. There are a range of fluency, reasoning and problem solving questions in each lesson that are designed to support the different needs and confidence levels within a class, while at the same time fostering a spirit of working and learning together. Each lesson includes a challenge question for those children who can delve deeper into a concept.

Further information about helping at home can be found within the documents listed below: