The subject lead for maths at Darwen St James is Mrs Heald.

Maths Curriculum

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At Darwen St James we are now teaching Maths through a scheme of work called Power Maths, which has been recommended by the Department for Education. Power Maths is a whole-class mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and help nurture confidence in Maths.


We are also proud users of Times Tables Rock Stars.

In either paper form or online, Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice.

Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so.

This format has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 8 years in over 16,000 schools - both primary and secondary - worldwide.

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Meet The Power Maths Team!

Ash: is eager, interested and creative. He likes to imagine real life situations when solving problems and revise different areas of Maths so they are fresh in his mind.

Flo: During Maths lessons Flo likes to persevere and look for many different ways to solve problems. When planning her work, she likes to think carefully to ensure that she uses the most effective strategy to solve the problem.

Astrid: Astrid’s favourite lesson is Maths. She is brave and likes to listen carefully to other people’s opinions. When she is given a challenge she becomes absorbed in it and perseveres until she succeeds.

Dexter: Dexter loves numbers. She likes to use questioning to deepen her understanding. She likes to collaborate with her peers as she doesn’t always choose the most efficient method.

How will the 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 overwhelmed. 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.

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Nursery have been doing lots of different maths activities this half term through play.  We have been counting different objects and making houses using different shapes, circles, squares, triangles and rectangles.


Reception Class have been focusing on numbers 1-5, including counting using 1:1 correspondence and deepening their understanding of number.

Here we are counting out a different number of objects and confirming the total.

Year 1

In maths lessons, Year 1 are learning all about numbers one to ten.

Here you can see us using number cards and ordering numbers.  If we could order numbers to 10 correctly we faced the challenge of ordering numbers to 20!  We worked together and learned lots.

Year 2

In Year 2, we are learning to read and understand numbers to 100. We are using our understanding of place value to help us sort, compare and order numbers. We are using lots of different representations to show a number’s ‘tens’ and ‘ones’. We are enjoying using part-whole models and place value grids too.

Year 3

In Year 3, we have been working hard on counting in 100s all the way up to 1000. At first we found this a challenge, but we preserved and using resources from our Maths helpdesk we were able to complete our work independently.

Year 4

Year 4, are looking at 4 digit numbers. We have looked at rounding a 4 digit number to the nearest 1000, 100 and 10 and we have also looked at partitioning in different ways. This was a bit tricky but we  enjoyed using the place value counters and base ten to help us.

Year 5

In maths, we have been looking at all things place value related- we have been partitioning numbers with up to 5 digits in a variety of ways, using lots of different concrete representations. We have also looked at comparing, ordering and rounding. 

Year 6

Year 6 have focused on place value up to 10,000,000 this half term.  We have used place value grids to help us think about 7 digit numbers, and learnt how to partition using a variety of methods, including part-whole diagrams. We have also been comparing and ordering numbers to 10,000,000, and finding numbers on a number line.  We have begun to learn to round numbers to the nearest million, hundred thousand, ten thousand, thousand, hundreds and tens. This week we have moved on to think about efficient methods of addition and subtraction when problem solving.