At Manorfield we use resources to teach maths at a mastery level. We use concrete, pictorial and abstract methods to cement understanding throughout all areas of the curriculum. The Power Maths Scheme forms the basis of our maths planning and teaching.
Children begin their maths journey in EYFS through the use of the Power Maths Reception scheme. This involves the use of investigation and concrete resources to introduce the children to the concept of number.
When the children move into Year 1, they then move onto the text books and practice books for Power Maths and continue to use these for the rest of their time at Manorfield.
Power Maths starts with a maths story that introduces the concept of the lesson in a contextual real-life way. In all year groups this is taught in a guided way to first teach the concept the children will be working on. Teachers then move onto the think together. The general format is that the teacher models the first question, the class work through the second question with the teacher and then they discuss the third question together before being shown by the class teacher. In KS2, maths jotter books are often used to allow the children to work out the third part of the think together independently. Working through the maths like this ensures the majority of children all have a clear understanding of the lesson before being asked to apply their new learning independently.
Depending on the lesson, in KS1, teachers work through the practice book with the children to help their understanding of the problems and avoid the children’s reading ability impacting their mathematics learning. Year 1 regularly work through all of the practice book together too. However, at Year 2 level, independent learning is used a lot more throughout the final section of the lesson to cement learning.
As the children move into Key Stage 2, procedural variation underpins the Power Maths learning. As they learn new concepts, they are given more and more independence to work it out in their own way using abstract methods. Problem Solving and Reasoning becomes a more integrated part of the daily maths lessons too. In KS2, the practice book is approached in a very independent way, allowing children to apply their learning.
The Power Maths Scheme using Small Steps to allow all children to move on with the learning at the same pace. However, allowances do need to be made for those children that can’t move on as quick or need further challenge.
Providing extra Challenge maths
At Manorfield, we use challenges to help the children master each concept of maths. We never move children onto the next area of learning - ahead of others - instead we provide extra challenge on the concept they are currently on. We supplement our use of Power Maths with the White Rose Maths Hub resources. These provide challenging reasoning and problem-solving questions that allow the children to master their skills. In KS2, we also make use of ‘Diving Deeper’. This provides the children with ways of furthering their understanding of a concept through explaining, modelling and teaching others.
Supporting children in maths
In all year groups, teachers provide regular support and intervention to the children that need it. Power Maths itself provides ideas that teachers can use to strengthen children’s understanding. Sometimes, teachers use previous year group’s maths to support the children’s basic number knowledge and might use Power Maths or the White Rose materials for this.
In Year 2, children are also introduced to Times Tables Rockstars. At Manorfield we believe fluency in times tables underpins understanding in all areas of mathematics. Therefore, we use Times tables Rockstars to allow the children to practise this at home in a fun and educational way. This is then used throughout the rest of their time at Manorfield but is particularly important throughout Year 3 and 4, prior to the Timetables check.
All year groups also have access to ‘Flashback 4’. At Manorfield, we believe it is important for children to regularly recap previous learning in order to cement it into their long-term memory. The Flashback 4 questions children on the concepts from the last lesson, last week, last unit and last year. These are used at the beginning of every maths lesson as a 5-minute activity.
Our aim is for children to leave Manorfield:
- Having had access to a high-quality maths curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable.
- Having been provided with with a variety of mathematical opportunities, which will enable them to make the connections in learning needed to enjoy greater depth in learning.
- Ensure children are confident mathematicians who are not afraid to take risks.
- Being fully developed independent learners with inquisitive minds who have secure mathematical foundations and an interest in self-improvement
Our pupils should be able to:
- Recall facts and procedures
- Flexibly and fluidly move between different contexts and representations of mathematics.
- Recognise relationships and make connections in mathematics
- Reason about their calculations and recognise/explain mistakes
Maths Long Term Plan
Learning at home
There are lots of different websites and apps available to support with children's numeracy knowledge and providing opportunities to practise key skills.
The White Rose One Minute Maths app matches the methods used in school and is a quick and familiar way for children to carry on their learning at home. Click the image below to read more about it.
This is an invaluable resource to get all children fluent in their timestables and can be accessed through the following link. All children from Year 2 to Year 6 have a log on for this. If you have lost your log on, please message your class teacher on Class Dojo. https://ttrockstars.com/
The following link will also allow access to a parent’s guide that will give you a bit more information about how it works and how children move up the leader board.
Other pages that would be useful for maths:
These documents have a range of questions from all the areas of maths that could provide extra challenge for those that need it.