Maths No Problem
At Flintham we have recently introduced a new maths programme called ‘Maths No Problem’ (MNP) from Year 1 up to Year 6. MNP is an approach to teaching maths developed in Singapore. It meets the requirements of the National Curriculum and includes a series of textbooks, workbooks and teaching resources.
MNP ensures that problem solving is at the heart of mathematics. The focus is not on rote procedures, rote memorisation or tedious calculations but on relational understanding. Pupils are encouraged to solve problems working with their core competencies, such as visualisation, generalisation and decision making. In summary:
- It is a highly effective approach to teaching maths based on research and evidence.
- It builds students’ mathematical fluency without the need for rote learning.
- It introduces new concepts using Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach.
- Pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to reciting formulas they don’t understand.
- Teaches mental strategies to solve problems such as drawing a bar model or using part part whole diagrams.
How are lessons taught?
Concepts merge 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. Pupils 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 MNP have on our children?
- 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.
- 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 the Maths Meeting power point (see below) that took place during the autumn term.
Please access the Maths resources below. You can view and download PDF’s in your web browser. Clicking the powerpoint link will download it to your computer (tap and hold on link for ipad options)