Maths No Problem
During the academic year 2018 – 2019 Richmond Primary School is currently trialling the Maths No Problem (MNP) scheme. MNP has been approved by the DfE and recommendations by mathematics advisors have been implemented. The program is built on mathematical concepts and process adapted from the mastery approaches in Singapore. It follows the CPA (Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract) approach which matches the fundamentals of Mathematics teaching at Richmond.
Whilst we are following the MNP program, teachers at Richmond still have freedom to adapt lessons and plan additional exciting activities that involve problem solving and reasoning to ensure that children are given the best opportunities at their appropriate level.
We will be trialling the scheme for 1 year and will be monitoring the progress and attainment of the children very closely. Already teachers and children are positive about the scheme and some comments include:
“The older children really like the books; the structure it creates and the way it is presented.”
“The Guided Practice section supports teachers with their planning and delivery and the online resources are helpful, particularly the videos that demonstrate how to teach.”
“The level of challenge for most of our children is appropriate and these children are challenged to further extend their mathematical thinking.”
How does Maths No Problem work?
Maths No Problem follows a very set structure for lessons and these include the following stages:
- In Focus Task – this is an introductory activity for the children before they are taught the main concept. It is used as a tool for teachers to assess where children are before teaching the lesson so that adaptations can be made along the way to meet the needs of all children.
- Let’s Learn – this is where new concepts are introduced and the main teaching happens through the use of manipulatives (physical resources). Children also have a time to work together in pairs or small groups during this time.
- Guided Practice – this comprises of questions for children to consolidate their understanding. They work alongside other children and are under the guidance from the class teacher to work through examples together.
- Independent Application – this is where children then apply their learning in their workbooks and it allows children to work independently. Teachers and LSAs are on hand to deepen understanding for those children who are academically more able or provide support for children who need further explanation.
- Maths Journal – Maths Journals are used alongside the workbooks and are designed for children to show their understanding of mathematical concepts taught but also contain additional activities that have been planned by the teachers away from the Maths No Problem Scheme.
For 2018 – 2019 we are following the guidance of Maths No Problem for our teaching of calculation. This may be different from our calculation policy and we will analyse results at the end of the year and make changes to the policy where we see appropriate based on the teaching of this year.
If parents would like further information about Maths No Problem, we encourage them to look at the parent section on the website: https://mathsnoproblem.com/en/parent-videos/
We will also be holding a parents information evening in January to provide further explanation and be on hand to answer any questions.
Children in EYFS are being taught the Early Number Sense principles. We currently have one teacher, Laura Inman, on the Early Years TRG as part of the Maths Hub lead by Martin Tillbrook. Laura will be leading the planning of Maths in EYFS and is currently trialling a new way of planning which involves the focussing on one number each fortnight but looking at it in a very detailed and structured way.
- Place Value
- Addition and Subtraction
- Multiplication and Division
- Ratio and Proportion
- Geometry properties of shapes
Each of the above categories has been divided into sub categories to illustrate progression in key areas across the year groups at our school.
2 Calculation Policy – These are the ‘methods’ we use in school to teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
3 Helpful Maths Websites– This is a list of useful websites that children could access at school or at home to help with their understanding of mathematics.