Welcome to Power Maths
Psalm 90:12 'So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom'
During the academic year 2018/9, we began an exciting journey working alongside our local Maths hub. The hub is funded by the DFE and part of NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics) . The aims of the NCETM are to "raise levels of achievement in maths, and to increase appreciation of the power and wonder of maths, across the school..." The Maths Hub Programme allows us to work collaboratively with other schools as we embark in the Teaching For Mastery Programme.
We are excited to be involved with two hubs this year (2019/2020): 'NNW hub' which includes Ribble Valley Schools and 'Abacus NW', which involves schools from across Lancashire.
The underpinning idea in teaching for mastery is that ALL children CAN achieve. This supports our vision and aims for Maths at Balderstone St Leonard's School.
As a result of the work and research we undertook in 2018/9, we have now adopted a scheme of work that is appoved by the DfE. All children from Reception to Y6 are taught Maths through our " Power Maths" scheme. If you were unable to attend our parent workshops and would like to find out more about how we deliver Maths at school, the presentation below will give you a taster of what our Mastery Curriculum looks like.
How can you help?
Even if your own experiences of maths were negative and you struggled with the subject, please try and talk positively about it
-What would Dexter do ?....... Be determined and not give up
-What would Astrid do?.....She would be brave an unafraid of making mistakes.
- How can we be more like Flo?.... Try and be flexible and try and come up with more methods/solutions etc.
Our calculations policy has been reviewed in line with the 2014 National Curriculum and Lancashire's recommendations.It is vital that the methods we teach in school are reinforced at home and that children are not confused by being taught alternative methods: such as those that we as adults may have learned in our school days. If you have any questions or need clarification about the methods, please do not hesitate to come in and ask. We appreciate some methods are very different! Or, as an alternative, why not ask your child if they can teach you - being able to explain develops their own understanding and reasoning skills.
NB We aim to update all our maths policies in line with Power Maths over this academic year.