At Lime Tree, we use Power Maths as a basis of our maths lesson. This is an exciting class mastery approach, which has been recommended by the DfE, that works for every child. It is based upon the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach.
Every lesson is divided into sections that involve plenty of discovery, sharing, collaboration, practice and reflection. Children are encouraged to solve problems each day through the use of concrete resources, pictorial representations and abstract thinking.
At the heart of this programme is the idea that all children can achieve and be successful mathematicians with the right growth mindset. It promotes five child friendly characters, each with their own positive skillset, to inspire and motivate children.
Ready to Progress criteria form the basis for assessing the conceptual knowledge and understanding that pupils need as they progress from year 1 to year 6. These criteria are grouped into six key areas:
Place Value - incorporating measurement and statistics
Addition and Subtraction
Multiplication and Division
Geometry - incorporating elements of measurement that relate to shape
For pupils to be able to successfully access the curriculum in the next academic year, they should leave their current year group being able to understand and use the mathematical skills and knowledge listed in the linked tables.
Combine objects like stacking blocks and cups. Put objects inside others and take them out again
Take part in finger rhymes with numbers
React to changes of amount in a group of up to three items
Compare amounts, saying "lots, "more" or "same"
Counting-like behaviour, such as making sounds, pointing or saying some numbers in sequence
Count in everyday contexts, sometimes skipping numbers -"1,2,3,5"
Climb and squeezing selves into different types of spaces
Build with a range of resources
Complete inset puzzles
Compare sizes, weights etc, using gesture and language - "bigger/little/smaller", "high/low", "tall", "heavy"
Notice patterns and arrange things in patterns