At Gainsborough Primary and Nursery School, we believe, as with all learning, that maths is an exciting journey. We have an enriched approach that combines fluency, reasoning and problem solving through discovery, a sharing of thoughts and ideas, practice and reflection. Integrating Power Maths into our bespoke, spiral curriculum, we are building a culture of deep understanding, confidence, resilience and competency in maths – a culture that produces strong, secure learning and real progress. Everyone can achieve excellence!
We aim to provide a high quality mathematics education with a mastery approach so all children can:-
- gain fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics
- can reason mathematically
- solve problems and apply their mathematical skills
- make progress and achieve in line with their age
Power Maths for Years 1 -6 is an integral part of our bespoke curriculum. Whilst EYFS focus on Development Matters, we have incorporated a bridging document to ensure children are Year 1 ready. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014.
Daily dashboard secures learning and provides opportunities for practice and application. Power Up/ daily ten/ daily warm up then enables the children to develop quick mental recall of number facts involving all four operations and revisit different areas of learning.
When introduced to a new concept, pupils have opportunities to build competency by being encouraged to physically and visually represent their mathematics. Objects and pictures are used to demonstrate and visualise abstract ideas, alongside numbers and symbols.
Concrete – children have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand and explain what they are doing.
Pictorial – children then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations, which can then be used to reason and solve problems.
Abstract – with the foundations firmly laid, children can move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.
- The maths curriculum design ensures that the needs of all learners in this particular community are met with high quality first wave teaching, supported by targeted, proven interventions where appropriate.
- Enjoyment of the maths curriculum promotes achievement, confidence, fluency and basic skills.
- Resilience and recognition that mistakes lead to learning.
- Readiness for the next phase of learning and an ability to apply their learning to a wide range of problems in real life.
- Application of learned skills in a range of contexts including reasoning.
TimesTablesRockstars - https://ttrockstars.com/
Timestables.co.uk - excellent games to help you learn all times tables from 1 to 12.
Sums.co.uk - brilliant for practising calculation methods and includes step by step guidance for successful completion!
BBC Bitesize- A range of fun and interaction activities from Early Years to Key Stage 2.
ICT Games - A selection of fun games more suited to Early Years and Key Stage 1