Please find key learning documents and resources for maths which outlines the required learning and expectations for each Year group. The school uses Maths No Problem from years 1-6.
Maths No Problem
Incorporating the use of resources, problem solving and group work, the Primary Series is child-centred and fun to teach. With a focus on teaching maths for mastery, the series is designed to improve the maths confidence of learners.
This short clip explains the fundamentals of Maths learning in our 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,
CONCRETE PICTORIAL ABSTRACT (CPA) APPROACH
Based on Jerome Brunerâs 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.
Click the link here to watch a clip which explains the CPA approach further.
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 DfEs 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.
USEFUL VIDEOS FOR PARENTS/CARERS
Bar modelling is used to represent problems to help children see how to solve them. The bar models do not work out the answers to the problems – they simply represent the problem in a more visual way which will then help children decide what to do to progress onto solving the problem. These 2 video clips give a brief explanation about bar modelling and how this approach is applied to individual problems.