In their own words
Our Maths — No Problem! journey
In SRS, our whole approach to teaching is based on ‘out of the box’ thinking. We think this maximises high-quality engagement with students at every level. Being a large school of over 3,500 pupils from FS to Year 13 meant that we needed a consistent approach to the teaching of mathematics in order to develop creative, independent thinkers who are able to adapt their knowledge to the ever-changing needs of the technological age.
Before implementing Maths – No Problem! in September 2017, we invested in a two-day intensive inset programme delivered by Judy Hornigold, followed by a further development day delivered by Adam Gifford In November 2017 where we reviewed and evaluated our initial rollout of the programme. This has equipped our teachers with the skills and confidence to teach maths. The workshop-based sessions took an in-depth look at In Focus activities and the use of concrete materials in lessons and really helped to clarify the approach.
Teachers came away from the training with practical techniques and strategies to apply a problem-solving approach in their classroom.
Maths — No Problem! has completely transformed how we teach maths. The key principles are evident across all our maths lessons. Through a strong focus on mastery, the children have developed deeper mathematical skill and fluency.
We share essential vocabulary at the beginning of every lesson and encourage our children to speak in full sentences when discussing their work. This has really supported their development of mathematical language. Our pupils have become more willing to take risks in their learning, and explore maths problems.
The programme has also enabled us to more effectively help parents support their children at home. We promote the importance of having a growth mindset and the benefit of the CPA approach. Our flipped learning channels in Years 1 and 2 have helped parents to understand how we are teaching their children and we are now going to roll these parent channels out across the whole school.