Power of Maths

Our ethos, “Sandlings is a unique, nurturing school where everyone belongs and thrives” can be seen throughout our maths curriculum and provision, but in particular ensuring children thrive in maths by teaching a broad range of concepts through a progressive mastery curriculum using the Power of Maths scheme of work.

To be good mathematicians we aim to foster in our children:

  • An understanding of the important concepts and an ability to make connections within mathematics.
  • A broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics.
  • Fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and the number system.
  • The ability to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts
  • The ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with challenges
  • The ability to embrace the value of learning from mistakes
  • The ability to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions.
  • Fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques.
  • A wide range of mathematical vocabulary.
  • A commitment to and passion for the subject.

The threshold concepts which drive our maths curriculum are:

  1. Know and use numbers -understanding the number system and how they are used in a wide variety of mathematical ways.
  2. Add and subtract– understanding both the concepts and processes of addition and subtraction.
  3. Multiply and divide– understanding both the concepts and processes of multiplication and division.
  4. Use fractions -understanding the concept of part and whole and ways of calculating using it.
  5. Understand the properties of shapes– recognising the names and properties of geometric shapes and angles.
  6. Describe position, direction and movement– recognising various types of mathematical movements.
  7. Use measures– becoming familiar with a range of measures, devices used for measuring and calculations.
  8. Use statistics– involves interpreting, manipulating and presenting data in various ways.