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Lathom Junior School

Lathom Junior School

Maths No Problem

At Lathom, we are moving towards using a program called Maths No Problem which is an approach to teaching maths developed in Singapore.  Currently year 3 and year 4 use this approach to deliver maths teaching with year 5 starting this program in September 2018.  In this approach problem solving is at the heart of mathematics teaching. The focus is not on rote procedures, rote memorisation or tedious calculations but on relational understanding. Children are encouraged to solve problems which will help to build mathematical fluency. It uses the Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach. Much of this approach is to ensure children gain mastery in maths at each year level. Pupils will spend time to fully explore a topic, reinforcing it with practice, before moving onto the next topic. All ideas are built on previous knowledge and pupils have ample opportunity to develop relationships between topics.

Maths No Problem

How are lessons taught?

Concepts are built upon from one chapter to the next. Chapters are then broken down into individual lessons. Lessons typically are broken into three parts and can last one or more days. Children will master topics before moving on.

The three parts to a lesson are:

1. Anchor Task – the entire class spends time on a question guided by the teacher. The children are encouraged during this time to think of as many ways as possible to solve the question as possible.

2. Guided Practice – practice new ideas in groups, pairs or individually guided by the teacher.

3. Independent Practice – practice on your own. Once children have mastered the concept they use their reasoning and problem solving skills to develop their depth of learning.

What impact will Maths No Problem have on your child?

Children will have a greater conceptual understanding of number and calculation. They will be able to visualise and generalise more readily due to a more in-depth understanding.

Struggling learners will be fully supported through accessing concrete equipment and use of visual models to support understanding.

Confident learners will be challenged through exposure to unfamiliar problems, development of reasoning skills and by exploring multiple ways to manipulate numbers and solve problems.

All learners will access teaching of content which matches the expectations of the new curriculum in England and be supported further if needed, in order to access this. The resources match the expectations for formal written methods set out by the Government, alongside greater understanding.

Find out more about Maths No Problem by looking at some of the links below:

Maths No Problem Parent Videos

Maths in Year 5 and 6

Currently in years 5 and 6, children follow the expectations as set out in the New Curriculum 2016 (see the Maths Policy for KS2).