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Power Maths

Following our participation into maths learning as part of the North West maths hub working with a wide range of enthusiastic, talented and dedicated maths teachers and strategic partners,  we are confident that our maths curriculum will raise standards in maths and inspire a passion and love of this subject in children and young people.

At Emmanuel Holcombe, 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. 

We use a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach to our teaching of maths. 

This approach recognises that in order for pupils to understand abstract concepts, they must first learn mathematical concepts through the use of concrete resources and pictorial representation. 

Concrete is the ‘doing’ stage, using concrete objects to solve problems. It brings concepts to life as children have the opportunity to be hands on and use physical objects to aid them in developing their understanding. 



Pictorial is the ‘seeing’ stage, where representations of the objects are used to support learning.  This stage encourages children to make a mental connection between the physical object and abstract levels of understanding, by drawing or looking at pictures, circles, diagrams or models which represent the objects in the problem.

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Abstract is the ‘symbolic’ stage, where children are able to use abstract symbols to model and solve maths problems.

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