How does Power Maths work?
Power Maths is a UK curriculum mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and nurture confidence in maths. It is built around a child‑centred lesson design that models and embeds a growth mindset approach to maths and focuses on helping all children to build a deep understanding of maths concepts.
Power Maths – makes maths an adventure
Maths is an adventure for children (and adults) to immerse themselves in, get creative with, make mistakes, and conquer!
Power Maths is a whole-class mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and help staff to nurture confidence in maths.
Power Maths makes maths an adventure. The only mastery programme perfectly aligned to the White Rose Maths progressions and schemes of learning, it’s written specifically for UK classrooms by leading mastery experts, and is recommended by the DfE.
Power Maths in Reception for our littlest learners…
Power Maths Reception brings everything that schools love about Power Maths together with beautiful new resources tailor-made for Reception children. Developed in conjunction with White Rose Maths, Power Maths Reception is written by a team of Mastery Specialists and Early Years advisors.
- Combines short, ten-minute bursts of maths teaching each day with plenty of practice through both guided activities and independent play.
- Supports teachers in delivering teaching for mastery in Reception and covers the current and pilot Early Learning Goals.
- Helps ensure a smooth transition to KS1, and a consistent approach across your whole school from Reception to Year 6.
- An exciting growth mindset and problem-solving approach develops mathematical curiosity and resilience.
- Winner of a Bett Award in 2020 for Early Years Content.
Power Maths in KS1 and KS2
Power Maths KS1 and KS2 are recommended by the DfE, having met the NCETM’s criteria for high-quality textbooks, and have been judged as “fully delivering a mastery approach”.
Power Maths lessons are split into 5 parts:-
- Discover – Every lesson starts with a Discover task to get children to solve a problem that aims to generate curiosity. During the Discover section children may use manipulatives to help them understand the maths and explain their method.
- Share – The next stage encourages children to Share the methods they have tried to solve the problem in Discover.
- Think Together – We only learn when we are thinking! In this section Power Maths takes the approach “I do, we do, you do”, as children apply the knowledge they have just learned in a series of problems that continue to encourage thinking throughout.
- Practice – Children are then ready for some independent practice in their workbooks.
- Reflect – The final Reflect question helps the children evaluate whether they have understood the key concept and small step that they have been trying to master in the lesson.
Please see our introduction to Power Maths presentation here.
Maths as part of our STEM approach
Teaching is centred around developing a positive attitude, resilience and competence in mathematical concepts and skills. Underpinning this, children build further confidence in understanding number, place value and calculating in addition to the Power Maths scheme through weekly arithmetic sessions. Collectively, these mathematical concepts and skills are also applied across the curriculum to support real life, such as within the KS2 ‘Rolls Royce’ or ‘Greenpower Goblin Race Car’ STEM projects, in addition to making links in science where children can clearly see that ‘Maths has a purpose’.
We encourage the children to have an initiative and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others. We give children the opportunities to explore and find answers of their own, giving them the passion to becoming deep logical mathematicians. We expect our children to justify their conclusions through oral and written methods.