The MATHS Curriculum Overview
We believe that every child can master an understanding and love of maths with the right kind of teaching and support.
Our core maths curriculum follows the Maths No Problem programme.
Maths Mastery for EYFS
Children are exploring and immersing themselves in maths from Reception. They are introduced to the basics of maths in a variety of ways. Covering various topics within ‘a number a fortnight’. This means that when they approach topics further in the year they already have a deeper understanding of number and a solid grasp of number sense. They question and examine numbers in a practical way in order to prepare themselves for the transition into Y1 and the beginning of Maths No Problem
Maths — No Problem! is a series of textbooks and workbooks, for years 1 to 6, which are fully aligned with the 2014 English National Curriculum for maths.
Incorporating the use of resources, problem solving and group work, Maths – No Problem is child-centred and fun to teach.
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 MNP Primary Series was assessed by the DfE’s expert panel, which judged that it met the core criteria for a high-quality textbook to support teaching for mastery. As a result, the Maths – No Problem! Primary Series are recommended textbooks for schools on the mastery programme.
The Primary Series is one of the few textbooks that complies with the UK’s high-quality textbook guidance published by the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM).
If you would like to know more about the way mathematics is taught at Our Lady’s Bishop Eton School, please watch the videos by clicking on this link: https://mathsnoproblem.com/en/parent-videos/
THE FOUR OPERATIONS
We encourage our children to develop as many as possible of the calculation strategies included in the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics Calculation Guidance for Primary Schools.
MATHS NO PROBLEM PRE-LEARNING AND CATCH UP
Children who have maths gaps, for whatever reason, are supported through Pre-learning or Catch Up sessions.
In addition to learning multiplication through the Maths – No Problem programme, our children learn their tables through rote learning activities. All of our children are registered to use the Maths Rock Stars programme and parents are encouraged to access this at home.
Children in the KS2 reinforce their basic number bonds and fluency in the four operations through regular strategies such as Mental Maths & Arithmetic Tests and 4 A Day.
Some of our children reinforce their basic number bonds through this on-line programme. These children are registered to use the idl Maths programme both in school and at home and parents are encouraged to access this support as appropriate.