COVID 19 Statement Maths

Addressing gaps and misconceptions following school closure

Following the recent school closures during the COVID 19 epidemic, many children at Powick have been affected by a full or partial break in learning. Early assessment in the Autumn term highlights the gaps in learning in the key areas of reading, writing and maths across all classes and pupil groups.

Powick is committed to ensuring the curriculum remains broad whilst maximising opportunities for the revision of basic skills in reading, writing and maths. It is vital that rapid progress is made by all pupils to return to their pre-lockdown levels of attainment.

This will be achieved by:

  • The quick identification of gaps in children’s learning through assessment
  • Rapid action to address gaps both in class, through pupil conferencing and interventions
  • Tailored tutoring for specific children with gaps in learning
  • High expectations of all learners with tasks aimed at age appropriate levels and scaffolded for those with gaps and misconceptions
  • The continued teaching of a broad and balanced curriculum following Powick School curriculum documents with extended opportunities to apply maths skills

Instant access to high quality home learning in the event of full or partial closures

In the event of full or partial school closures due to the coronavirus outbreak Powick CE Primary School recognises the need to continually deliver high quality education to minimise the disruption to pupils’ education.


This will include:

  • A daily maths lessons which will cover a sequence of learning from the appropriate year groups curriculum
  • A daily fluency session which will include opportunities to revisit and revise core number skills and calculations as appropriate
  • Opportunities to use online programmes eg. Times Tables Rock Stars/My maths/Purple Mash to support maths learning


Maths work will be submitted to the class teacher through Google Classroom and teachers will give feedback.


Where a child does not have access to appropriate devices to access online home learning, paper work packs will be provided.

The Mathematics National Curriculum (2014) states:


'Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history's most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject'.    

The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:


  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  •  can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions 
Our Maths Curriculum has been carefully planned to ensure progress for each year group. Powick staff have worked collaboratively to develop Maths Programmes of Study which meets the aims of the National Curriculum and which also addresses the needs of the children in our school.  
All staff appreciate the importance of promoting a positive attitude towards Maths by making it an enjoyable, active and collaborative experience where errors are celebrated and viewed as vital learning opportunities. Children are encouraged to solve problems through connecting ideas, decision-making and applying their mathematical skills in a range of contexts, including other subjects such as Science and Geography. The ability to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, developing an argument and making justifications using mathematical language is taught through practical activity. investigation, exploration and discussion.     
As a staff team we have developed an approach to the teaching of Mathematics throughout the school.
The link below will open our full calculation policy.  It is a large and comprehensive document that can be dipped into to help you understand how Maths is taught in school, what age related expectations look like and how you might support your children.

Calculation Policy

The teaching of tables - information sheet given to parents on Tuesday 9th February at Maths FLIP.  

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  • 42 Malvern Road, Powick, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR2 4RT