“Doing Mathematics should always mean finding patterns and crafting beautiful and meaningful explanations.” – Paul Lockhart

 

Teaching of Maths

We take great pride in our work at Mersey Park Primary School and our Maths work is no exception.  We enjoy celebrating other peoples success and linking our Maths work to our curriculum topics.

 

Power Maths – Key Stage 1

In September 2017, school introduced a new maths teaching programme to Key Stage One called ‘Power Maths’. This new approach to Maths aims to help children to deepen their knowledge of mathematical concepts and encourages them to explain their thinking.

Each mathematical topic is approached in the same way with the same three steps:

1. Practical – the children are encouraged to use concrete manipulative (equipment) to practically solve a problem. They are encouraged at this time to explain what they have used and why and what this is showing. By using practical equipment, the children begin to create pictures in their mind which they will be able to use and draw upon this ‘hands on’ learning in the future.

 

2. Pictures – the children then begin to draw pictorial representations of a problem to help find a solution. They are shown a range of models which they could use to show their thinking and are encouraged to record their pictorial representations in whichever way makes sense to them.

 

3. Number sentences – the final stage is to record their problem as an abstract number sentence and solve the problem that way.

 

We have been very impressed with the results so far and have seen a huge increase in the children’s confidence and ability to explain their thinking and give reasons for their answers. This programme will be introduced into Key Stage Two in September 2018, when the new materials are published.

 

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage Two, the use of apparatus is recognised as an important component to developing understanding of key concepts. Every child has free access to maths trays containing a range of equipment, including place value counters, diennes and place value charts.
Peer coaching is also used as an effective strategy to engage and encourage learning within maths. In Upper Key Stage Two, children will often work together to complete weekly skills checks, reasoning questions or other such mathematical challenges.

 

 

Below is a link to our current Maths Calculation Policy. It is currently under review in light of the introduction of Power Maths and will be fully updated by Summer 2018.

Calculation Policy

 

When we work on our Maths Planning we are conscious of achieving the end of year expectations. Please click on the document for the appropriate year group to see what the expectations are for the end of each year group:

Year 1 mathematics expectations

Year 2 mathematics expectations

Year 3 mathematics expectations

Year 4 mathematics expectations

Year 5 mathematics expectations

Year 6 mathematics expectations