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Maths No Problem

Maths No Problem is an approach to teaching Maths developed in Singapore. The reason we chose MNP is because problem solving is at the heart of the mathematics. The focus is not on rote learning but on relational understanding. Pupils are encouraged to think mathematically and are introduced to new concepts using the Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract (CPA) approach.

Lessons are typically broken down into three parts and can last one or more days. Pupils master topics before moving on.

The three parts are:

  • The anchor task – all the class spends time on a question, thinking of all the possible ways to solve it. The children are encouraged to talk about their maths and explore ideas fully.
  • Guided practice – practice new ideas in groups, pairs or individually, guided by the teacher.
  • Independent practice – children practice on their own.

Once children have mastered a concept, they use their reasoning and problem solving skills to develop their depth of learning.

The impact of using Maths No Problem:

  • Greater conceptual understanding of number and calculations, visualising and generalising more readily due to in depth learning.
  • Struggling learners are supported through accessing concrete equipment and use of visual models to support understanding.
  • Confident learners are challenged through exposure to unfamiliar problems, develop reasoning skills and exploring multiple ways to manipulate numbers and solve problems.

Our maths books are now journals! In our Maths journals we communicate our learning in different ways:

  • Investigating  …. when we solve problems and find possibilities.
  • Creative …. when we create our own stories and problems.
  • Descriptive…. when we explain how we have done something or what we have  learned.
  • Evaluative …. when we make judgements about which method is best.

Reception is now also using Maths No Problem. The Maths=No Problem! Foundations meets all of the requirements of the revised EYFS Framework 2021. It encourages learning through play and helps children in the Early Years begin to develop a deep understanding of the world of mathematics. It follows the same mastery approach with an emphasis on maths talk. 

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