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We are continuing to adopt The Power Maths scheme to support our teaching of maths.


What is Power Maths?

Power Maths is a resource that has been designed for UK schools based on research and extensive experience of teaching and learning around the world and here in the UK. It has been designed to support and challenge all pupils, and is built on the belief that EVERYONE can learn maths successfully.


How does this support our approach to teaching?

The philosophy behind Power Maths is that being successful in maths is not just about rote-learning procedures and methods, but is instead about problem solving, thinking and discussing. Many people feel they were taught maths in a way that was about memorising formulas and calculation methods, then having to apply them without any real understanding of what or how these methods actually work. Power Maths includes practice questions to help children develop fluent recall and develop their conceptual understanding. Power Maths uses growth mindset characters to prompt, encourage and question children. They spark curiosity, engage reasoning, secure understanding and deepen learning for all.


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 over-whelmed. 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.


Please let us know how your children continue to engage with Power Maths. We are looking forward to continuing this adventure!



We continue to follow the White Rose Maths small steps scheme of work for Reception class and a variety of resources for our Year 6 children.  At St Columba's, we believe it is important to create a bespoke scheme of work to fully engage these children and support them as they complete their SATs assessments and transition into KS3 .  The learning is tailored towards their individual needs and ensures the full curriculum is taught and udnerstood.  

Reception White Rose Maths Scheme of Learning

Useful Websites for ideas/resources: Gareth Metcalfe resources

Improving Maths EEF document (particularly summary pgs6-7)

Parental guide for MTC is

Natwest Free workshops

National Numeracy Day 13th May 2020

National Numeracy Week 9-14th Nov 2020

Centre of Excellence award

My Money week 8-14 June 2020 – designed for HA Year 5/6 – 9th – 13th November 2020 – designed for Years ¾ 22nd June – 10th July 2020

Derek Haylock book for teachers explaining maths Mathematics explained for Primary Teachers

Deliberate misconceptions on past SATs papers by ryanholmes91 on TES primary maths vocabulary (Although website is currently not secure)  - linked NC strands to previous SATs paper questions

OFSTED Deep Dive Self Evaluation Framework (Twinkl)

SATs past papers

TES Maths Taboo