At Wilbury, we teach Maths using the Power Maths scheme, which is a whole-class, textbook-based mastery resource. It is based on a small-steps approach, which means the concepts are broken down so the children can acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding. It has been designed to support and challenge all pupils, and is built on the belief that EVERYONE can learn maths successfully, by building number fluency, confidence and understanding, step by step. By taking a Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (C-P-A) approach, Power Maths allows children to tackle concepts in a tangible and accessible way. All ideas are built on previous knowledge and pupils have lots of opportunity to recognise relationships between topics.
Lessons typically are split into six parts:
- Power Up- each lesson begins with a Power Up activity which supports fluency in key number facts and reinforces key skills such as times-tables, number bonds and working with place value. The whole-class approach depends on fluency, so the Power Up is a powerful and essential activity.
- Discover- the class are given a problem to solve, often a real-life example, sometimes a puzzle or a game to explore, which introduces the new learning. These are engaging and fun, and designed to get all children thinking. It is usually completed in pairs with concrete materials.
- 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.
- Thinking 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. It follows the ‘I do, we do, you do’ structure, which gives the children opportunities to think together in their groups and also work independently.
- Practice- now children practice individually or in small groups, rehearsing and developing their skills to build fluency, understanding of the concept and confidence. The children are encouraged to use concrete materials and mathematical representations and structures to support their understanding as necessary.
- 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.
The Maths Curriculum for each year is detailed below:
Maths Curriculum Intent, Implementation, Impact
Power Maths Information for Parents
Times Table Rockstars
All children at Wilbury have access to TTRockstars. We use Times Tables Rockstars as a tool to help pupils develop fluency in multiplication tables in school and at home.
TTRockstars Maths Week - November 2021
Next week is Maths Week in England and this year we want to raise the profile of learning times tables at Wilbury. To support this, we will be taking part in a friendly competition on TTRockstars involving schools from England from Monday 8th November to Thursday 11th November. It’s all done online via play.ttrockstars.com.
For every correct answer to a multiplication or division question, your child will earn their class a point. The Times Tables Rock Stars platform will calculate the class average (the number of correct answers per pupil in the class who play during the competition hours, subject to a daily 60-minute limit (see below). Winning classes in the school and in the competition as a whole will be the ones with the highest average.
All game modes (Gig, Garage, Studio, etc.) will count but only from games played between 7:30AM GMT and 7:30PM GMT on Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th, Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th. To support player wellbeing, there is a daily time limit of 60 minutes per player. In other words, each player can earn competition points for up to 60 minutes between 7.30am and 7.30pm. Once the player goes beyond 60 minutes of play on a given day, they will still earn coins but will no longer earn points towards the competition.
In the spirit of the competition, please don’t play on their behalf but by all means encourage and support them to the extent that it doesn’t cause high stress levels or impact on family plans. We suggest a limit of half an hour a day outside school hours – some will play more, some will play less.