Here at St. Elizabeth’s, we use the Power Maths scheme. Power Maths is a whole-class mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and help you nurture confidence in maths. It is aligned to the White Rose Maths progressions and schemes of learning, it’s written specifically for UK classrooms by leading mastery experts,  and isrecommended by the Department for Education.


Power Maths has a coherent structure through the curriculum and support children on their journey towards deeper understanding. Practice Books give the pupils just the right amount of intelligent practice for children to complete independently.

What is Power Maths?

Power Maths is a resource that has been designed for UK schools based on research and extensive experience of teaching and learning around the world and here in the UK. It has been designed to support and challenge all pupils, and is built on the belief that everyone can learn maths successfully.

How does this support our approach to teaching?

The philosophy behind Power Maths is that being successful in maths is not just about rote-learning procedures and methods, but is instead about problem solving, thinking and discussing. Many people feel they were taught maths in a way that was about memorising formulas and calculation methods, then having to apply them without any real understanding of what or how these methods actually work. Power Maths includes practice questions to help children develop fluent recall and develop their conceptual understanding. Power Maths uses growth mindset characters to prompt, encourage and question children. They spark curiosity, engage reasoning, secure understanding and deepen learning for all.

How will the lessons work?

Each lesson has a progression, with a central flow that draws the main learning into focus. There are different elements, informed by research into best practice in maths teaching, 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.

What if my child needs a confidence boost, or wants to be challenged further? 

Power Maths is based on a ‘small-steps’ approach, sometimes called a mastery approach. This means that the concepts are broken down so that your child can master one idea without feeling over-whelmed. There are a range of fluency, reasoning and problem solving questions in each lesson that are designed to support the different needs and confidence levels within a class, while at the same time fostering a spirit of working and learning together. Each lesson includes a challenge question for those children who can delve deeper into a concept.

Daily Arithmetic 

To further enhance and support our curriculum offer for mathematics, the children also have opportunity to practise their arithmetic skills in daily arithmetic sessions. These are timetabled throughout EYFS, KS1 and KS2 and knowledge and skills are mapped to ensure that children have a firm grasp of written methods and key concepts taught within their year group.

Times Table Rock Stars

Times Tables Rock Stars is an online maths learning platform where children can practise their times tables like a rock star! Here, at St Elizabeth’s, it is used for children from Year 2 and above. We relaunch the platform each year by holding a TT Rock Stars day in the Advent Term.

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The question-based games automatically adapt to each child’s learning needs, helping them to recall their times tables in record speed. The platform is accessible on any device, via the app or browser.

The games are engaging and contain motivating rewards, meaning it is never difficult to entice children to play. We have chosen TT Rock Stars to support the pupils learning of times tables for several reasons:

  • It boosts maths confidence and increases fluency and recall in multiplication and division, delivering better maths outcomes.
  • It adapts to each child’s unique learning needs and allows tracking of individual progress.

  • It engages pupils as they love earning virtual coins to personalise their rock avatars and move up the rock leaderboard from “New Artist” to “Rock Hero”!

  • It is easy to play, on any device and on the go, with specific settings and features to make sure it is accessible to all learners.
  • It is created by maths teachers who are passionate about improving maths outcomes for young people.