At Appletree Gardens First School, we provide our children with an ambitious, engaging and empowering Maths curriculum that develops confidence and curiosity of all learners.
We aim to provide a high-quality mathematics education following a whole-class mastery approach that works for every child. We recognise that Mathematics is essential to everyday life and is necessary to develop the skills and knowledge for future learning and employment.
We will deliver lessons that enable children to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency and reasoning. They will develop the ability to think and communicate mathematically and to have a sense of enjoyment about the subject.
At Appletree, we follow the Power Maths scheme to support our teaching of Mathematics. Power Maths is based on a 'small-steps' mastery approach which develops fluency, reasoning and problem solving which are designed to support the different needs (SEND, PP and EAL) and confidence levels within a class.
In Power Maths, each lesson has a progression, with a central flow that draws the main learning into focus. There are different elements that bring the lessons to life. Each lesson follows the following format:
Power Up starter: Recap prior knowledge and practise daily numeracy fluency.
Key vocabulary: Learn key vocabulary that children need to know as part of their learning in each unit.
Discover: Real-life problem to solve which are engaging and fun and are designed to get all the children thinking.
Share: 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 so that each child builds on secure foundations while being challenged to apply their understanding in different ways and with increasing independence.
Practice: Children practice individually, in pairs 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 show how they have grasped the concept explored in the lesson.
Each lesson includes a challenge question for those children who can delve deeper into a concept.