Here at St Philip’s Primary School, we believe that every child can master an understanding and love of maths
with the right kind of teaching and support. To provide this kind of teaching and support, we have embedded a new scheme called Maths — No Problem!
Maths — No Problem is a series of textbooks and workbooks written to meet the requirements of the 2014 English National Curriculum. The Maths — No Problem Primary Series was assessed by the DfE’s expert panel, which judged that it alone met the core criteria for a high-quality textbook to support teaching for mastery. As a result, the Maths — No Problem! Primary Series is the only recommended textbook for schools on the mastery programme.
Here is some more information about how lessons are taught, using this scheme, at St Philip’s Primary School:
TEACHING MATHS FOR MASTERY
The whole class works through the programme of study at the same pace with ample time on each topic before moving on. Ideas are revisited at higher levels as the curriculum spirals through the years.
Tasks and activities are designed to be easy for pupils to enter while still containing challenging components. For advanced learners, the textbooks also contain non-routine questions for pupils to develop their higher-order thinking skills.
Lessons and activities are designed to be taught using problem-solving approaches to encourage pupils’ higher-level thinking. The focus is on working with pupils’ core competencies, building on what they know to develop their relational understanding, based on Richard Skemp’s work.
CONCRETE PICTORIAL ABSTRACT (CPA) APPROACH
Based on Jerome Bruner’s work, pupils learn new concepts initially using concrete examples, such as counters, then progress to drawing pictorial representations before finally using more abstract symbols, such as the equals sign.
The questions and examples are carefully varied by expert authors to encourage pupils to think about the maths. Rather than provide mechanical repetition, the examples are designed to deepen pupils’ understanding and reveal misconceptions.
By incorporating established learning research into a highly effective approach, Singapore has become a “laboratory of maths teaching”. The Primary Maths Series is founded on the international research of Piaget, Dienes, Bruner, Skemp and Vygotsky and has been tested and refined over the last 30 years in Singapore.
The Maths — No Problem! primary series was assessed by the DfE’s expert panel, which judged that it alone met the core criteria for a high quality textbook to support teaching for mastery. As a result, the Maths – No Problem! Primary series is the only textbook which has been placed on a list of recommended textbooks for schools on the mastery programme.
If you would like to learn more about the Maths No Problem approach then click here to view some videos.