The subject lead for maths at Darwen St James is Mrs Heald and supported by Mrs Gettins.
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.
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.
Spring 1 2021 - Blended Learning
Prior to the lockdown, we were using the Power Maths scheme of work which was introduced in September 2020. Staff are following the objectives from the scheme but are using White Rose Maths to help teach during blended learning. This is because White Rose is more adaptable to blended learning as it provides videos, powerpoints and worksheets. All work is uploaded onto Google classroom for the children to be able to access both at home and at school. Work is marked daily by the class teachers and feedback is given.
KS2 children have access to Times Tables Rock Stars which they are encouraged to go on daily. Purple Mash and LBQ are used in both key stages to extend their learning opportunities.