'Without mathematics, there's nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics.
Everything around you is numbers.' Shakuntala Devi
At Wybunbury Delves we aim to 'light the spark for a love of learning and of life' and believe Mathematics is a subject which offers the very best opportunities to achieve this. We adopt SPARK approach to learning to foster and maintain children's curiosity in the world around them.
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.
From January 2019 we have invested into the maths programme Power Maths. During Spring term 2019, we invited parents and children in to join us for an introduction to teaching for mastery using Power Maths. We enjoyed sharing our KS1 and KS2 lessons with you and we hope you found it useful in supporting your child on their maths learning journey. Thank you for your very positive feedback.
How do we teach Maths at Wybunbury Delves?
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 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 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.
What does a Power Maths Lesson look like?
Power Up: Each lesson begins with a Power Up task. This is often something the children have been previously taught and encourages group or partner work. This involves lots of discussion to get children thinking mathematically.
Discover: This part of the lesson introduces the learning objective to the class. The children are presented with a problem they must try to solve using problem solving and reasoning.
Share: this is an opportunity to look at how the class have decided to tackle the Discover problem. As a class, we look at different methods that have been used before looking at the most efficient method. At this point, it is encouraged to have learning aids out. this might include place value counters or Base 10. This is so that children can understand the concept behind the teaching.
Think together: this part of the lesson allows children to practice the methods they have been shown during the Share part of the lesson. It follows a structure of I do, We do, You do. The teacher models the method before the children try the method with a partner and on their own.
Independent work: The main part fo the lesson consists of independent practice. The questions in the Power Maths workbook allow children the opportunity to work through problems related to learning objectives that become progressively harder.
Reflect: Each lesson ends with a reflection. This is an opportunity for children to explain what they have learnt during the lesson.