At Thongsley Fields, we use Power Maths to give your child the best possible start with their mathematics and ensure that they continue to make excellent progress as they get older. See below for how the Power Maths programme works, together with some useful links that might help you to help your child.

We love to have fun with our learning in mathematics! Everyday we experience maths learning through problem solving, which enables us to apply our maths knowledge and understanding to real life situations. We have a real focus on mathematical fluency (speedy recall of number facts), thinking and reasoning, using lots of different models and images to help us.

Teachers design sequences of lessons that build every concept in small, progressive steps to help develop a deeper understanding.  They support children's problem solving by building on prior learning to help them see connections and patterns.

Teachers and Teaching Assistants check understanding throughout lessons to ensure all children are keeping up.  Misconceptions are addressed quickly and effectively through same day interventions.

What do lessons look like?

Each lesson includes elements 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.
Children find it much easier to visualise and grasp concepts if they see them presented in a number of ways.  For example, the number six could be represented in various ways as in the image above.