The Power Maths teaching model:
- The curriculum is broken down into core concepts, taught in units e.g. addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, shape, statistics etc.
- Each unit is then divided into small learning steps – lessons
- Each lesson is sequenced in the same format:
- Power Up – Discover – Share – Think Together – Practice – Reflect
- We begin each maths lesson with a ‘Power Up’ activity designed to support fluency in all key number facts.
- Power Ups reinforce the two key things that are essential for success: times tables and number bonds.
- The ‘Discover’ part of the lesson kicks off the core concept being taught in the lesson.
- It is a practical real-life problem that the children work in pairs to try to solve.
- It is encouraged that children use concrete objects during this part of the lesson and gives them time to play, explore and discuss possible strategies.
- The ‘Share’ section allows the children to share and celebrate their solutions and strategies that they used to solve the problem from the ‘Discover’ section.
- The online toolkit shows how the concrete apparatus that the children used to explore the math concept, can then be explored using pictures.
- ‘Share’ is the “seeing” stage. It encourages the children to make a mental connection between the physical object they just handled and the abstract pictures, diagrams or models that represent the objects from the problem.
- This section of the lesson allows children to explore new problems using the mathematical strategies they have learnt from the ‘Share’ section.
- The questions promote child independence and an ‘I can’ attitude by following an ‘I do, We do, You do approach’.
- The children have their own practice book and they work independently, following the same learning that has been explored through the ‘Discover’, ‘Share’, ‘Think Together’ sections.
- The questions in the practice book follow small steps of progression in order to deepen their learning.
- This section allows the teacher the opportunity to check children’s understanding and how deeply the children have understood the maths concept being taught.